The Mass of Christian Burial for Philip L. Theisen, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Aaron Kuhn as celebrant. Friends may call on Tuesday at St. Ann's Parish Center in Wadena from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Prayers at 6:00. Visitation will resume at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Philip passed away on April 2, 2014, at the New York Mills Elders Home in New York Mills, MN. He was 85 years old.
Philip was born to William N. and Elizabeth V. (Anderson) Theisen on February 7, 1929, at the family farm in Compton Township, Otter Tail County, MN. After graduating from Wadena High School in 1947, he pursued a career as an electrician and in masonry construction until his retirement in 1991. He was united in marriage with LaVonne Olson on November 4, 1950, in Tyndall, SD. He filled his time away from work collecting coins, raising over 1000 pheasants in four years, meeting friends for coffee, playing Chinese cribbage, farming with his beloved Minneapolis Moline tractor, and tinkering with anything mechanical. He was a member of the 700 Bowling Club, a life-member of the International Union of Bricklayers, Elks Lodge #2386 and Ringnecks Forevermore. He will fondly be remembered for always "being there" for his family.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents William and Elizabeth; brothers Ralph, Leo, Kenneth and William N. Theisen III; sisters Loraine Larson and Elizabeth Cullen; son-in-law Dr. George M.A. Fortier III.
He is survived by his wife LaVonne of Wadena; son Philip J. (Cheryl) Theisen of Denver, CO; daughters Joan M. (Gary) Westergren of Plymouth and Patricia K. Fortier of Little Falls; four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brothers Lloyd (Millie) of Sauk Rapids, Arnold of Wadena and Paul (Carol) of Little Canada; sisters Ruth Baron of Staples, Delores (Gene) Guthmueller of Shoreview and Veronica (Gerald) Mathison of Inver Grove Heights.
Pallbearers will be Michelle Westergren, Michael Westergren, Gary Westergren, Brett Fortier, Zach Fortier and Don Hoffmann.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena, MN.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)