John “Jack” Thein

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John “Jack” Thein, 75, of Guttenberg died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, following a fatal motorcycle/kayak accident, through no fault of his own, near Rossville in Allamakee County.

Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Burial was in Mount Harmony Cemetery, Elkport.

Jack was born to Walter and Helen (Leibold) Thein of Garber, on May 26, 1946, in Guttenberg. Jack was the youngest of four children. On June 18, 1966, he was united in marriage with Jane Smith in the bride’s home, rural Colesburg. They were blessed with two sons, Troy and Cory. They later divorced. Jack loved his family dearly, especially his granddaughter, Peyton. 

After working 30 years at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works he had more time for his many hobbies: making Fine Thein Wine, attending auctions, swap meets, benefits and annual rides. Riding one of his Harleys was high on the list of Jack’s life’s joys. He loved traveling the U.S. with his many trips to Sturgis, S.D., Kansas, Colorado, Texas, all over the country, while making many life-long friends along the way.

Jack was ironically nicknamed “Crud” because of his perpetual neatness. Throughout his lifetime he owned many classsic vehicles, which was fitting, as he himself was a classic. Crud was a great storyteller and jokester. He enjoyed reading and watching old Westerns. He was a friend to many and was always offering a helping hand, whether it was fixing a motorcycle or shoveling a sidewalk for someone. Most of all,  Jack truly enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

Left to cherish his life are his sons, Troy Thein (fiance Gina Judkins), Cedar Rapids; Cory (Casey) Thein and granddaughter, Peyton, Asbury; sister, Joanne (Ben) Durley, Georgia; brothers Jim Thein, Oelwein and Jerry (Phyllis) Thein, North Carolina; nieces, Debra Recker, Jaime Stewart, Julie Hersom Hall, Tracy and Jodi Kartman; nephews, Steve Thein, Jon McEvoy, Tim Hersom, Warren Hersom, Stan Hersom.

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