Terrance Theis

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Terrance Leo Theis, 71, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 1:16 p.m. at Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien, Wis., of a sudden illness.

Visitation was Monday, March 23, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo. Military rites followed the visitation.

Terry was born July 28, 1943, to John and Gladys (Horsfall) Theis in Minneapolis, Minn. He was raised in Dubuque. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1961. That same year he joined the USAF and served four years as a jet engine mechanic. In 1966, Terry married Carol Duehr, and raised their family in Dubuque. In 1968, Terry began his employment with the City of Dubuque as a firefighter until his early retirement after 19 years of service. For many years, he was also a self-employed carpet installer until his death. In 1989, Terry and Carol moved to Millville where they owned/operated Theis' Village Inn for 12 years. For the past 14 years, they have made their home in rural Garnavillo. 

Terry was an avid outdoorsman, and raised his children and grandchildren to love and respect nature as much as he did. He will be remembered most for his personality and his lasting impression that he made wherever he roamed.

Terry is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, Mark (Jean) Theis, grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ella of Ossian; a daughter, Sara (Tim) Andregg, grandchildren Ezekiel, Carly and Benjamin of Guttenberg; a daughter, Melissa (Joe) Breitbach, grandchildren, Carter, Chase and Brinnley of Farley. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (LaVonne) Theis of Peosta; sister, Lynn (Al Fallon) Walczak of Lafayette, Ga.; sister, JoAnn Swift of Dubuque; sister, Janet Stelpflug of Kieler, Wis. and sister, Glady (Richard) Meehan of Dubuque. Terry also had many nieces and nephews which he really cared for, and loved spending time with.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Thomas, Ronald and James; Carol's parents, Donald and Seraphia Duehr; nephews, James Duehr, Tony and Ross Ambrosy and niece, Gwen Ambrosy.

Condolences may be left and a video tribute can be viewed at www.tueckeallyn.com.

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