John R. “Jack” Theobald, 92, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday May 9, 2015 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein. Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Rev. Paul McManus and Deacon Jim Patera officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein where there will be a Rosary Service at 4:00 pm and a Parish Scripture Service at 7:00 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 of Oelwein. A memorial fund had been established.
Jack was born on September 10, 1922 in West Union, Iowa the son of Thomas V. and Evelyn (Reidel) Theobald. He grew up in the area and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1940. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during WWII as an Aviator. Jack was united in marriage with Shirley Mae Hintz on November 21, 1944 at the San Diego Naval Air Station. They were married for 70 years. When they returned to Oelwein after the war, Jack worked at Oelwein State Bank, then managed the Hintz Furniture Store until it closed in 1983. He then managed the Mealey Hotel and also worked part time at the Hintz-Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Jack was a big sports fan following the Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers and the St Louis Cardinal baseball team. He was a member of the Elks Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and was a Drive Chairman for the United Way. Jack felt his life was about being a good Catholic, a strong Democrat and a good parent and husband.
Jack is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley of Oelwein; his children: Susan (Harvey) Silverberg of Collegeville, PA, John (Susan) Theobald of Midwest City, OK, Mike (Jodie) Theobald of Iowa City, IA, Peter (Jill) Theobald of Spokane, WA and Bridget (Eric) Hartmann of Cedar Falls, IA; his brothers: Thomas R. Theobald of Oelwein and Jerry (Jacqui) Theobald of Dayton, OH; his 14 grandchildren: Leigha (Rico) Taylor, Abbie (Mike) Nieprawski, Drew Theobald, Joe (Lori) Silverberg, Dan (Meg) Silverberg, Ben (Caitlin) Silverberg, Rohan (Morgan) Theobald, Ahbleza (Roxanne) Theobald, Lara (Fadi) Nasr, Genny (Todd) Court, Ryan (Jackie) Theobald, Alex (Lexi) Hartmann, Sam Hartmann and Megan Hartmann; and his 14 great-grandchildren: Rain and Rylan Taylor, Koey Nieprawski, Emma and Zoey Theobald, Stella and Juliette Silverberg, Eloise Nasr, Samantha and Ben Court, Ferris and Vivi Theobald, Jazzlynn and AJ Theobald. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Evelyn; his sisters Mary and Jane; and his brothers Carroll, Richard and James.