Loren Walter Thielman

Age: 26 years, 3 months


DOB: March 17, 1928
Hammond, IN USA
Dr. Edmund Hack, attending M.D.

DOD: June 17, 1954
IL-IN state line USA
Crop Dusting Plane Crash

Loren Thielman, 1947 Bloom High School - Copy


Son of Walter L. and Paula (nee Kuhlman) Thielman

Brother to Leslie R. Thielman





Loren W. Thielman

He was raised on the Ashland Avenue Airport, Chicago Heights and Governor’s Airpark, Richton Park, IL. owned by his father, Walter L. Thielman. Loren became a skilled aviator.

Graduated from Bloom Township High School June 6, 1947 and was a member of the Trojan track team and the Trojans Varsity Football team.

Loren Thielman, 1946, Bloom, TrackLorne Thielman, 1945, Bloom Football

Paula, Minnie, Les, Woman, Loren Thielman

Paula, Minnie, Les, unknown woman & Loren Thielman circa 1940-1942

July 1948 – The Chicago Heights Star

Fire Destroys Office at New Flying Field

Governor's Airpark office fire 1948Fanned by a stiff southwest wind, fire of unknown origin totally demolished a one-story frame office building early Friday morning at Governor’s Airpark on Route 54 near Monee.

The airport is owned by the Midwest Aircraft corporation, of which Walter Thielman, 1320 Franklin Avenue, is president. Formerly known as the Chicago Heights Airport and located on Ashland Avenue near Country Club Road, its name was changed when the equipment was moved last year.

The blaze gained considerable headway before it was discovered and efforts of the Richton Park fire department and volunteers from nearby homes who responded to the alarm failed to save the building, which was burned to the ground by two a.m.

The exact time at which the fire started is not known, but persons who drove by the airport at 12:15 a.m. Friday declared that they saw no sign of fire. Another passing motorist noted the flames at 1:30 a.m. and rushed to a telephone to summon the Richton Park department.

Loren on telephone inside Cessna 1948Destroyed in the blaze were desks, typewriters, flying records and office equipment. Plans to build a new structure are being made by the aircraft company, a spokesman said. The razed building is the one which was used for an office when the airport was located in Chicago Heights. Authorities at the airport did not place an estimate on the loss.

Use Plane as Office

Telephone inside Cessna 1948Temporary office quarters were set up Saturday at the airport in a twin-engine Cessna airplane, in which a telephone was installed and a typewriter table placed.

The same southwest breeze which helped the flames was instrumental in saving two hangers in which several planes were housed. Located southwest of the office, the hangers were some distance from the burning building and were never in real danger.

Paula manning the phone outside the Cessna 1948

Paula manning the telephones

Thielman moved to the new location last year. Operating at the Ashland Avenue port on a month-to-month lease, he was forced to move when the lease was terminated by the owners of the land.




October 8, 1948 – The Chicago Heights Star


1948 Aerial view shows Park Forest growth

The rapid development of Park Forest, planned city southwest of Chicago Heights is shown in this aerial photograph by Harold Bisig, who was taken aloft from Governor’s Airpark by Loren Thielman.


December 11, 1948

New Airstrip Does Lively Business

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Light planes swooped in steadily Saturday on Chicago’s “front door” airport after Friday’s opening.
A half dozen landed at the Northerly Island air terminal in Saturday’s first hour of operation.

Prof Flies In

Among them was one piloted by Prof. I.A. Andrews of the University of Illinois ceramic engineering department.
He flew in from Milwaukee for morning conferences here before departing for his home in Champaign in the afternoon.
“This is really convenient,” he grinned.

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Loren Thielman of the Gary Steel and Supply Co. flew in from Chicago Heights to pick up the firm’s president, I.A. Ruder.
“The dollar minimum landing fee might discourage many light plane pilots,” Thielman said. “But the downtown airstrip is a swell idea.”
The airport operates only during daylight hours. At its official opening Friday, 179 light planes landed there.


Loren Thielman 1950 license


1950 Member of the Civil Air Patrol “CAPS”


Loren Thielman w P51 Army Mustang


Loren with P51 Army Mustang



January 14, 1954 – Triumph, Minnesota

Flying Ambulance

Loren Thielman 1954 - Flying AmbulanceCancer patient Carl Krueger, Triumph, was flown in this flying ambulance from Triumph Airport to a Chicago hospital last Saturday in an effort to save his life. He was transferred from the local hospital when a Chicago physician, Dr. George Franklyn Smith, thought that he might be able to help the young Tri-Mont farmer.

Seen here loading Krueger into the plane are ambulance operator Elmo Stockdill, Dr. J. J. Heimark and Mrs. Lowell Hoeimer, nurse who accompanied Krueger on the flight. The plane, a Cessna 170, was flown from Chicago by Pilot Loren Thielman of Chicago Heights.

Mrs. Carl Krueger, Harry Krueger (cousin) and Earl Kuehl went along in another plane, a Piper Tri-Pacer, piloted by Lloyd Alsworth of Fairmont.

The pilot of the ambulance plane reported that it took four hours from Chicago bucking headwinds of 40 knots (a knot is a nautical mile per hour). When he left Chicago, the temperature was 30 degrees above, while it was 5 below at the Tri-Mont airport when he arrived. The return trip was made in under three hours.

Carl Krueger is in Room 208 at Kenner Hospital, 2350 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL

(Editor’s note: Carl Krueger died February 5, 1954 and is buried at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Martin, MN)

June 18, 1954 – The Chicago Heights Star


Loren Thielman Killed While Crop Dusting

6-18-1954 Airplane Crashes Tree; Pilot Dies

Loren Thielman, 26, Richton Park flyer and son of one of South Cook’s best known aviators and instructors, crashed his plane into a tree yesterday morning on an Indiana farm and died in the flaming wreckage.
Thielman was crop dusting on the Charles Herz farm, 2 miles south of Indiana state route 2, near the Illinois-Indiana line. He crashed into the tree at 7:30 a.m., daylight savings time.
He was the son of Walter Thielman, operator of Governor’s Airpark, located on Governor’s Highway, Richton Park.
He made his home with his parents at their residence at the airport. Also surviving is a brother, Leslie, who is stationed with the Army at Columbus, GA.

Worked as Crop Duster

A spokesman at the airport said yesterday that Thielman was working for his father as a crop duster, a job he had been doing for the past three years.
His plane struck a 40 foot tree, crashed to the ground and burst into flames. Indiana state police could give no reason for the crash, although they theorized that the mist from the crop spray may have obscured the pilot’s vision.
They said the weather was “clear and bright.”
There were no witnesses to the crash and police lacked details on the movement of the plane prior to the accident.
A pilot dusting crops flies his plane at an altitude of less than 50 feet, often coming within a few feet of the ground.

Rites Tomorrow

The victim was unmarried. He attended Bloom Township High School as a youth and was a popular young man.
Funeral services for the crash victim will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Hack Chapel, Beecher. His body will lie in state today at the chapel. He was born March 17, 1928, at Hammond.
Before establishing Governor’s Airpark, the Thielmans operated the Ashland Avenue Airport in Chicago Heights for many years. The elder Thielman has developed many expert flyers, and both he and his son have been held in high regard for their skill as pilots.

(Editor’s note: In a June, 1954 letter between the Civil Aeronautics Administration and Loren’s father, Walter Thielman, regarding the accident, Walter stated his belief “that the cause of the accident was a ruptured tube connected to the pressure regulator causing the fluid to either blind Loren or cover the shield so the he was blinded” and not the clipping of trees. The clipping of trees would have led to the need to replace or straighten the spray boom in order to continue to spray)

Walter Thielman, 1949 Aeronca # N4556E

Walter Thielman, 1949 Aeronca # N4556E


The plane Loren was flying was a 1949 Aeronca, model 7CCm-125, 90 horsepower, Tail # N4556E


June 24, 1954 – Beecher Herald


Loren Thielman, 26, a Richton Park flyer and son of one of South Cook’s best known aviators and instructors, Walter Thielman, operator of Governor’s Airpark located on Governor’s Highway, Richton Park, lost his life in the flaming wreckage of his plane, last Thursday, and was laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum, Saturday, following services at the Hack Chapel, Rev. Brauer of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Chicago Heights, officiated.

Thielman was crop dusting on the Charles Herz farm, 2 miles south of Indiana state route 2, near the Illinois-Indiana line. His plane stuck a 40 foot tree, crashed to the ground and burst into flames.

Several witnesses to the crash could give no reason for the accident, although it was theorized that the mist from the crop spray may have obscured the pilot’s vision.

The victim, unmarried, was born March 17, 1928, at Hammond, Indiana. He attended Bloom Township High School as a youth and was a popular young man. He is survived by his  parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thielman of Richton Park, with whom he made his home, and one brother, Leslie, who is stationed with the Army at Columbus, GA.

(Editor’s note: Loren loved aviation and all airplanes. He had hundreds and hundreds of photos of all kinds of airplanes and aviators in his personal photo albums. It is rare to see Loren without him standing next to an airplane)

Loren’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Father & Mother: Walter L. Thielman & Paula M. (Kuhlman) Thielman
Grandparents: Henry F. Thielman & Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman
Brother & Sister-in-law: Leslie R. Thielman and Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.

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