LESLIE RALPH THIELMAN
DOB: December 12, 1932
DOD: July, 3rd, 2020
At Home, Arlington Heights, IL
Son of Walter L. Thielman and Paula M. (nee Kuhlman) Thielman
Brother To: Loren W. Thielman
CHICAGO HEIGHTS AIRPORT / GOVENOR’S AIR PARK / WINGS FIELD
Les grew up on his father’s airports, first the Chicago Heights Airport and later Governor’s Air Park, Richton Heights, IL
As a young man he enjoyed fixing and racing stock cars in addition to helping at the airport when needed. He was taught to fly by his older brother “Loren” and his father “Walter”
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1953, When he enlisted in the US Army and served at Fort Jackson Army Base and became a Mechanic for the Army’s various vehicles and was also a land surveyor.
He also Married” Dollie Joanne Johnson
Husband to: Dollie Joanne Johnson, Married June 24, 1953
Dad told a story about bring Dollie to the Bridal hut and they sent hours cleaning and sweeping it out and making it cozy, Dollie prepared dinner and for desert made a lemon meringue pie, After dinner they put the pie onto of the refrigerator and overnight the roaches ate all the meringue off the top of the pie. ( it must have been love)
Father To: Sherry L. (Larry) Gianneschi , Sandra Lee Thielman, Walter Scott Thielman
In 1954 his first daughter came along: Sherry Lynn Thielman
Followed by: Sandra Lee Thielman
And Last his son: Walter Scott Thielman
in 1959 at the age of 27, He’s father “Walt” died of a massive heart attach and left his mother to run the airport on her own. Les joined his mother in managing Governor’s Air park and later took over ownership and changed the name of the Airport to Wings Filed. In addition he was a used equipment salesman for Midwest Industrial Properties, Chicago Heights, IL
as a hobby he also built a Go-Cart track on the airports property and began building go-carts. He built his own airplane from the ground up in the family garage in Park Forest, IL . It was quite a sight to see the airplane with its wings alone side of it strapped to a trailer and towed to the airport in Richmond Park, IL .
November 5, 1968 at the age of 36, he lost his wife and the mother of his children: Sherry, Sandy & Scott.
Husband to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes , Married August 1969
in 1969 at the age of 37, he Remarried a second time to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes in August 1969 and became step-father to: Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes.
In 1969 after the wedding he moved the whole family, all six kids and his wife to Prospect Heights, IL and sold Wings Field to the Civil Air Patrol.
1969 He’s started his own used machinery business “Wings Machinery” in Wheeling, IL . at the same time he bought himself a Beechcraft “Staggerwing Beech” model D17 bi-plane.
Les also owned, Auctions Unlimited and was an auctioneer. He was an avid reader of Sifi and mystery books, he collected coins, lead soldiers and vintage model airplanes
In the early 1970’s Les built his own 1939 Roadster from the Ground up, It gave him pleasure for many years and remains in the family to this day
as the years past, Carol and Les had many good years, many wonderful vacations and many happy holiday’s together.
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For many years Les & Carol owned and operated “The Mole Hole” A exclusive gift shop in Glenview, IL and also in Florida
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The kids all grew up and most got married and the grandchildren started coming, these are just a few photo’s of the grandchildren. Too many photos to show all of them, there are 15 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren in all.
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In 2017 Les lost his 2nd wide Carol , mother of Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes and for the last 2.5 years of his life he lived with his step-son Mark in his home.
Up, Up and away to Heaven’s gate you Soared : July 3rd, 2020
We will miss our Father very, very much, it is very hard to say Good-Bye, So I’ll just close in saying “Till we meet again Mom’s & Daddy”
Les is preceded in death by his Parents: Walter & Paula Thielman, his Brother: Loren Thielman, his Grandparents: Henry & Minnie Thielman, his Wife: Dollie Joanne Thielman, his second Wife: Carol Frances Koehn/Broertjes, his Step-sons: Kent Broertjes and Scott Broerjtes
Other family members resting in the mausoleum are:
(Editor’s note): If you have not guessed, this is my father. The man that set me on my path to save and restore the Beecher Mausoleum 26 years ago. I didn’t think it was possible, but Dad gave me just enough time. This year 2020 I hope to complete the last of the restoration that I am capable of. I’m praying there is another out there to pick-up the project and see it into the next century. With a little care the Mausoleum is capable of standing for 100’s and 100’s of years into the future and continue to bury family members next to family for many more years. With Pride and Love I hope to rest next to my parents and my family in the future myself.
Sandra Lee Thielman