Thieman Ernie

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Ernest Alvin Thieman died at the age of 94, on December 30, 2020 at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Mt. Vernon, MO.  He was born December 21, 1926 in Lockwood, MO to Otto Henry John William Lewis Thieman and Mary Oma (Robertson) Thieman.  He graduated from Lockwood High School in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army.

On November 25, 1946, he married Ruby Mae "Pug" King in Columbus, KS.  Pug was from Greenfield, MO.  Shortly after getting married, he went overseas as part of the occupation force in Japan.  He returned home to Lamar in June 1947 and was in the National Guard until November 1952.

Ernie's occupations included working for John Deere in Waterloo, IA, the Missouri Department of Transportation in Joplin, MO, Horton Engineering and Lawn Boy, before working for Finley Engineering for over 30 years as an Electrical Transmission Designer and Field Engineer/Surveyor.

Together, Ernie and Pug made their home in Lamar, where they raised four sons.  Ernie coached his sons' baseball teams and helped with the Boy Scouts.  He enjoyed playing town team basketball and pitching fast pitch softball.  He loved playing sports with his sons and watching them play.  In later years, he enjoyed watching his grandkids and great grandkids participate in sports.  He especially loved Lamar Tiger Football.

Ernie and Pug enjoyed close friendships made through a pinochle card club.  He also loved playing pitch and pitching horseshoes, and other games with friends or family.  He took great pride, working with his sons on their cattle farm.  He had an amazing work ethic and a common sense approach to life.

Ernie was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Pug; three brothers, Warnie, Ozzie, and Roy; two sisters, Martha and Anna; and a great grandson, Ethan Kelly Hull.

Survivors include four sons and their wives, Jerry (Jeannie), Tom (Betty), Terry (Cindy) all of Lamar, MO and Joe (Sally) of Lee's Summit, MO.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Kelly (Mike) Hull, Jeff Thieman, Brent (Megan) Thieman, Ellen (Nate) Eddie, Jessica (Matt) Schumann, Jeremiah Thieman, Matt (Ashley) Thieman, Micah (Megan) Thieman, Megan (Steven) Theurer, Allen (Keith) Thieman, Anna (Taylor) Simmons; 21 great grandchildren, Zane, Trenton, Lainey, Wyatt, Lilly, Eli, Lydia, Peyton, Henry, Alexandria, Avery, Lilah, Caelyn, Katherine, Jayce, Knox, Wacey, Lawsyn, Scarlett, Levi and Rian. Ernie loved all his grandchildren and great grandchildren unconditionally.  Ernie was a devout member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2021 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

To honor the family, face masks are required for attendance at the funeral home.

The funeral service will also be live streamed at

Contributions are suggested and made payable Lamar United Methodist Church or L.I.F.E. in care of Daniel Funeral Home. 


#14 Lexington, KYPat Williamson Wiley 2021-01-16 15:14
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You all are so very blessed to have such wonderful parents, and they were blessed to have great sons and family. Take care Pat
#13 Joplin MoSteve & Darla Grant 2021-01-16 04:03
Ernie was such a good influence on myself and my wife Darla as newlyweds. I worked with Ernie in the power dept. at Finley Engineering for 2 years along with Darla. He was such a hard worker, but patient with the "newbie's". He'd tell us stories of his 4 boys that had Darla and I laughing so hard. I'd look at Darla and say "We're only having girls" in jest. Turns out we had three girls. Going over to pick his blackberries was always a treat to us. We were so blessed to get you know him. Our thoughts and blessings go to all the Thieman Family. You, Ernie, are certainly going to be missed. God Love Ya.
#12 Holts Summit, MoGary Arnold 2021-01-10 21:57
Condolences to the family. I did not hear about his passing until today. I grew up in Lamar with the Thieman boys and have fond memories of those days. With Deepest Sympathy, Peace. Gary Arnold
#11 Lamar, MOGeorge Haag 2021-01-07 02:06
I never met Ernie, but he had a wonderful family and the influence of his life is multiplied through them. God’s blessings on each of you.
#10 Lockwood, Mo.Stella Mabee 2021-01-05 10:05
Sending our prayers and thoughts for your loss, was sorry to hear of your fathers death. Know we are thinking about you. Arley and Stella Mabee
#9 LamarBob & Janet Sitton 2021-01-04 17:40
Our sympathy to all the family
#8 Lamar, MOGary & Angie Fanning 2021-01-04 15:41
We're so sorry to hear about Ernie's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time. God bless.
#7 Carthage Mo.Angela Madden 2021-01-04 15:11
I am so sorry to here of Ernie passing. He always had a smile.
#6 Springfield MoMary & Bill Gericke 2021-01-04 11:53
Please accept our condolences and prayers at the passing of Ernie. He & Pug raised a wonderful family and enjoyed a full life together and now again together. May God Bless you and comfort you all.
#5 Carthage MoScott Washburn 2021-01-04 03:59
I remember seeing Ernie doing business in our store, and have plenty of pleasant memories of him. My condolences to the Thieman family.

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