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Oliver A. Theel

Oliver A. Theel

Jan. 11, 1912 - Nov. 11, 2006

LITCHFIELD -- Oliver Ansel Theel, 94, of Litchfield, formerly of Paynesville, died Saturday at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crystal Hills Assembly of God in Paynesville. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Jan. 11, 1912, on the family farm north of Paynesville to Otto and Alvina (Pautzke) Theel. He grew up on the family farm and attended the Harding grade school in District 2028. After his schooling he began farming with his family.

On Dec. 7, 1958, he married Carol Joy Gruetzmacher. They lived on the family farm and continued to farm until Oliver's retirement in 1973. He continued working various jobs in the area. Carol died on June 18, 1985.

In May of 1987, Oliver married Elva Norris. They lived in Litchfield.

He is survived by his wife; children: Janice (and Dave) Lundstrom of Pillager, David Theel of Paynesville, Charlyn (and Jeff) Post of Burnsville and Kathy Theel of Maple Grove; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four stepchildren: Carl (and Judy) Norris of Sauk Centre, Linda (and Bob) Davis of Florida, Shirley (and Dave) Capistrant of Grove City and Beverly Norris of Grove City; and numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, one grandson and one sister.