Lee Kermit Thiessen Obituary, Death- Lee Kermit Thiessen, born November 28, 1928, to Bernhard and Susanna (Peters) Thiessen, died October 30, 2023, in his cherished home on the farm where he was born between Hinton and Hydro, Oklahoma. Service, dedication, and unwavering love were his legacy. Lee attended Mound School District 150 and Hinton High. His work ethic and passion for agriculture were evident in his high school FFA membership.
Lee drove a homemade school bus to carry Bethel students to Hinton daily, showing his commitment to education and community. His achievements won him a 1946 diploma. After graduating, Lee farmed alongside his father and brother Floyd for a few years before joining the Army. He fought bravely in the artillery division during the Korean War. After returning to Caddo County, Lee met Cleta Murphy, his soulmate. After falling in love, they married at Hinton’s First Christian Church on August 21, 1955.
Working in his father’s granite quarry, Lee began his famous farming career. He farmed wheat and cotton before cattle. Lee and Cleta were generous and compassionate throughout his life. Rev. Gary Haynes and Mr. David Meador will officiate a memorial service for Lee Kermit Thiessen at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023, at the First United Methodist Church in Hinton, Oklahoma. His burial will be in Bethel Mennonite Cemetery in Hydro, Oklahoma. Lee faithfully cared for his garden and yard in retirement.
His faith and love for family inspired him to read the Bible and pray in the morning. Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church gave Lee serenity. Lee’s four children—Anita Lutz and husband Rick of Hydro, OK, Ben Thiessen and wife Tarissa of Hydro, Mark Thiessen and wife Rhonda of Mustang, OK, and Joseph Thiessen of Oklahoma City, OK—continue his legacy He also leaves seven beloved grandchildren: Ryan Lutz and wife Erin of Edmond, OK, Eric Lutz of Oklahoma City, OK, Katie Braziel and husband Jeremy of Hydro, OK, Karissa Huddleston of Weatherford, OK, Joshua Davenport and Samantha of Mustang, OK, Andrew Thiessen of Mustang, OK, and Emily Harmon and Zachary of Oklahoma City.
He is remembered by his six great-grandchildren: Hannah and Henry Lutz, Maddie and Gracie Braziel, Ollivander Davenport, and Gideon Harmon. Lee’s beloved brother Floyd Thiessen and wife Kay of Dallas, TX, survive. Lee’s parents, Bernhard and Susie Thiessen, his beloved wife, Cleta Thiessen, and his favorite grandson, Joseph Lutz, died. He joined his sister Thelma Flaningin and Loretta Winn in heaven.