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Donald William Theis

October 27, 1945 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 72)

Donald W. Theis, 72, of Fowler, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on May 3, 2018. Don was born October 27, 1945 to John and Leona (Platte) Theis of Westphalia, Michigan. He grew up in Fowler/Westphalia area and lived in Fowler at the time of his passing. He attended St. Mary School and Pewamo-Westphalia High School.

Donald is survived by his children, Rebecca, Elizabeth (Kolya), Mary Kay, and Jason. Don is also survived by two sisters, Germaine Miller of Westphalia and Marie Cook of Portland; one brother, Leon (Mary) Theis of Fowler; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Leona Theis; sister, Geraldine Nurenberg; brothers-in-law, Gerald Miller, William Cook, and Dennis Nurenberg.

Don was the owner and operator of Northwest Excavating and took great pride in his work. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and served in the Michigan National Guard.

Don was a very devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Westphalia all of his life. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Eric Weber presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 7, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the St. Mary Funeral Chapel, 210 N. Westphalia St., Westphalia. The rosaries will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel on Monday. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes, Portland, Michigan. Online condolences may be made at

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