Obituary published Oct. 22, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger

Kenneth Howard Thies Sr., 1944-2010, of North Pole, Alaska at time of his death passed away peacefully in his sleep.
He was a graduate of Centralia High School Class of 1962, served 26 years in the military and a member for nearly 20 years of Teamsters Union Local 595 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Howard Thies.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Setterburg Foster of Hallsville, Mo.; his sister, Cynthia Ray of Hallsville, Mo.; his brothers, LaVerne Thies of Kewanee, Ill. and Dwight Thies of Centerview, Mo.; partner of 17 years, Catherine Cook of Fairbanks, Alaska; six children, 14 grand children and 5 great-grandchildren.
Graveside burial with military honors will be Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. at Hickory Grove Christian Church Cemetery, Centralia.