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Donald "Don" Dean Theissen

Donald “Don” D. Theissen, age 56 of Linn, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia.
Don was born September 26, 1960, in St Louis, a son to the late Donald “Buck” and Donna (Findley) Theissen and Patricia Day.
Don was a 1978 graduate of Hermann High School.
On September 1, 2001, he was united in marriage to Jane Verdot in Linn. She survives of the home.
Don was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Linn, the Linn Lions Club, dual member of Jefferson City and Hermann Eagles Clubs, Jefferson City Elks Lodge #513, Meadow Lake Country Club, the Industrial Supply Association and an advisory board member for the NetPlus Alliance Group.
Don was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing golf, the St. Louis Cardinals, river boat rides and playing Texas Hold’em Poker.
Don worked as a boat pilot for the Army Corp of Engineers and later retired from the Department of Justice, having worked at MSP Super Max prison in Jefferson City, and at prisons in Leavenworth, KS. and Greenville, IL. where he worked as a senior self-defense director. He was the owner of Theissen Properties and Excavating as well as Bar-Poker before finally finding his home as the owner of Jefferson City Auto Parts/Jefferson City Industrial Supply.
In addition to his wife, Don is survived by: two sons, Mike (Becky) Theissen of Jefferson City and Dean (Keri) Theissen of Jefferson City; two step-sons, Levi (Kimberly) Hentges of Bonnots Mill and Dylan Hentges of Linn; one daughter, Amanda (John) Kempker of Holts Summit; one step-daughter, Amelia (Justin) Hentges of Linn; one brother, Wes (Becky) Theissen of Ballwin; two sisters, Becky (Rick) Kemma of Owensville and Vicky (John) Bax of Jefferson City; seven grandchildren, Cole Theissen, Ana Gamboa, Emily Theissen, Allison Theissen, Garrett Hentges, Remington Kempker and Blake Hentges as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and customers.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by: two brothers, Doug Theissen on June 27, 2007, and James “Jimbo” Theissen on September 28, 2012, a nephew, Robert Theissen on December 21, 2011, and a granddaughter, Paytonmarie Kempker on January 22, 2015.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Morton Chapel in Linn. A private family burial will take place at St George Parish Cemetery in Linn.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the St George Church Capital Campaign or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Saturday, November 12, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Morton Chapel
911 E. Main St.
Linn, Missouri 65051-9781

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I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Going to miss him calling me when he needed a new fleet vehicle and saying "hey you old hag". I Always got a kick out of that. I knew Don when he was a kid living down the street from me in Hermann. So sorry Jane, for your loss. God bless you.

Judy Obermeyer Nov 12 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and family I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. Being on the NAPA side I got to know him over 10 years ago and always liked his quick wit. We always enjoyed going back and worth and I am gonna miss him. Glad they got the training center up and I think they should dedicate that to his memory. My prayers are with he family.

Clint Cassing Nov 11 2016 12:00 AM

Janie, sorry to hear about Donnie, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

Ben Grosse Nov 7 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. I will keep you & your family in my prayers.

Kim Moon Nov 7 2016 12:00 AM

You were one of the lucky few to find the love of your life. You sir will be missed!!!

Patty and Monte Marden Nov 5 2016 12:00 AM

So sadden by your loss. I extend my deepest sympathy

Marla Nilges Nov 5 2016 12:00 AM

As a small child,,Donnie stole his Aiunt Betty heart, we help raised him until his Dad married Donna,then he got his dreams filled of having a mother until that time I tried to fill that role,so you see he had a special place in my heart. It seems liked during any troubling times , he took a role of being the big brother to his brothers and sister and nephews and nieces, this made me very proud of him, even doing a troubling time in my life he was there for me. He will be greatly missed and as many has said he was taken to soon. We will miss you Donnie . Love you Aunt Betty WHAYNE

Omer and Betty WHAYNE Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

Wes, Becky and Vicky my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

Kelly (Clifton) Martin Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss my husband worked with him some time ago at MSP. Kenneth McDaniel and Family

Dalene McDaniel Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

We are very sorry for your loss. Although I don't remember Don, we lived in Hermann for a long time and our oldest graduated with Wes and we knew Donna and Buck. Again, our sympathy.

Dannie and Sue Gipe Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM

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