Carlyle Thienes, 89, of Beaver Dam, passed away, Monday, March 5, 2012, at Beaver Dam Nursing & Rehab in Beaver Dam. He was born May 19, 1922, in Taylor Mines Community in Ohio County to the late John & Annie Trogden Thienes.
He was a US Army Veteran of WWII and fought on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
After the war, Carlyle was employed at General Electric in Louisville. But soon afterward, he found his true calling as a popular and well-known mechanic and wrecker operator for W.S. Taylor & Sons in Beaver Dam, Mohamp Martin Brothers garage in Beaver Dam, and Tichenor’s Auto in Hartford. Carlyle served the public cheerfully for over 50 years. Carlyle loved children and sometimes offered rides to the kids in his wrecker. Carlyle was an honest man and would often go great distances after hours to help his friends and customers in need. He was a member of Beaver Dam Masonic Lodge 420 F&AM.
Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jo Thienes.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Duke and her companion, Dennis Murphy both of Beaver Dam; his nephew Doug Ashby and his niece Carolyn Ashby both of Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 9 at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, with Rev. Lealin Geary officiating.
Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam with military honors performed by Wesley Phelps Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Online messages of condolence can be made at www.danksfuneralhome.com.