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“We were sadden to hear of Larry's passing. He & my husband (Curtis Brown)worked together @ Zollner Pistons. He was a GREAT guy. I know that he will...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Gwendolyn Brown - Fort Wayne, IN

“We are sorry to hear Larry pasted away. Roger said he was a nice guy. He was another Zollner guy. So many people new him. ...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Roger and Betty Davies - IN

“Helen, our family sends our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. We are so sorry for your loss.Robert and Dorene Lowden family ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Much Love and prayers! Larry was a wonderful, gracious, kind, caring and much loved man. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Whiteman - Hartman - TN

“Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss ofyour beloved husband, Larry.Remembering him from the Legion ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Len & Le Knecht - Sun Lakes, AZ

“Helen, I send my deepest thoughts and prayers. I will miss ushering with Larry at Holy Day masses, arguably the best user at St. Elizabeth. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Seth Ball - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Helen, I'm so sorry for your loss, I will alwaysRemember Larrys kindness ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Neva Baker - Ft. Wayne - Friend


Lawrence "Larry" Earl Thiele, 72, serenely passed into the Arms of the Lord November 25, 2017 at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne. Larry was born June 25, 1945 to the late Marie (Bowman) and Fritz Slaughter in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Larry at the age of nine was adopted over the phone including his older sisters by now step-father Earl Thiele. Larry graduated from Central High School class of 1964 and served on their committee. Larry served his country in the Army and served during Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. Larry retired from Zollner after 39 years, and served 12 years as a Union Rep. prior to his retirement in 2002. Following his retirement, Larry was working for D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home for the past ten years. Larry loved people, had a servant's heart, and would do anything for anyone in need. He built many relationships with his co-workers and families that he served. Larry served as president of his home owners association. He was a member of the Eagles, past commander of the American Legion Post 296 and current commander of Post 82 until his illness. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where he served as an usher. He took great pride and joy in sharing his experience and knowledge about the US. Flag. Larry introduced the Flag Etiquette Program to many schools for fourth grade students. He had several students go to state and receive scholarships during his 16 years. He was appointed by the Department of Indiana as Chairman of Children and Youth and Flag Education in 2015. Larry was host of Program "American Legion News" on Public Access on channel 55 for 8.5 years. Larry enjoyed watching all sports on TV especially Indiana Basketball and Green Bay Packers Football. He and his wife enjoyed ballroom dancing, and playing euchre. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Helen Thiele; his children from a previous marriage, Craig, Keven, and Nicole Thiele; step-children, Charlene, Bill, Martin, Julia, and Andy Eckert; sister Sandy Filyaw; nieces, Audrey and Susie all of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his sister Janice. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:30 am, Monday, December 4, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Rd, Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm with a vigil service at 4:30 pm. Entombment with military honors in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 82, Visiting Nurse, or Masses.