Raymond A. "Rat" Theissen, 89, Washington, formerly of Hermann, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Theissen was born in Rhineland Dec. 19, 1923, to the late Albert R. Theissen Sr. and wife Caroline M., nee Hagedorn.
He was the widower of Phyllis M. Theissen, nee Lisle. They were married June 6, 1953, at St. Joseph Church, Rhineland. She preceded him in death on May 15, 2003.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Raymond was a member of St. George Church, Hermann, the Knights of Columbus and was a founding member of the Loutre Shore Country Club.
He enjoyed golfing, bowling, having social time with family and friends and storytelling.
He was co-owner of Fritz Auto Parts Stores in Hermann, New Haven, Washington, Warrenton and Owensville, with George Scholten.
Mr. Theissen is survived by two sons, Chris Theissen and wife Jeanne, Hermann, and Matthew Theissen, Washington; two daughters Mary Jane "Janie" Schriewer and husband David of Washington, and Nancy Peters and husband Paul, Waverly; a sister, Jeannette Landolt, Hermann; three grandsons, Andy Theissen and wife Laura, Fairfax, Va., Derek Schriewer, Washington, and Sam Peters, Waverly; three granddaughters, Betsy Stephan and husband Sam, Hermann, Caroline Bartek, Columbia, and Katherine Peters, Waverly; and two great-grandsons, Lucas Theissen, Fairfax, Va., and Graham Bartek, Columbia.
In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vincent and Albert R. "Buck" Theissen Jr.; and two sisters, Willmeta Doll and Sister Clara Theissen, F.S.M.
Visitation for Mr. Theissen was Sunday, Jan. 13, at Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.
Funeral Services were held at St. George Church, Hermann, Monday, Jan. 14, with Father Bill Debo officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. George Church, St. George School or Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Published in The Missourian on January 16, 2013