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John "Jack" Theobald
September 10, 1922 - May 9, 2015

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.  


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Mary Kathryn Crahan Carney on May 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM said:

I knew and admired Jack Theobald. He was kind, thoughtful, generous, always friendly and caring ... he will be missed. I remember him as the best looking guy in town, in his white navy uniform...and, he married the prettiest girl in town,. I last saw Jack and Shirley last summer when I was visiting at Mercy Plus, and had a nice visit with them. Shirley, please accept my deepest sympathy. I will see you this summer when I come to Mercy to visit Fran Reen. You and Jack were what a haooy marriage was all about.....I am so sorry for your loss.
Robin and Bill Rosenstiel and the Smith Family on May 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM said:

To Mrs. Theobald and Peter and the entire Theobald Family,We are all sending our deepest sympathy.
Suzanne and Jim Heinle on May 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM said:

We extend our condolence to Shirley and the family. Jack was seated at the same meal table with Ray Heinle for several years at Merciving Living Plus. . We learned to know and appreciate Jack by numerous meals shared at this table while we visited Jim's father, Ray. Jack was indeed a gracious man and a student of life. He enriched the lives of those around him.
Georgia/Charles Hutchison on May 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM said:

Jack was the most polite, kind and understanding man we have ever known. We were neighbors to the Theobald's from mid 30's and the whole family were like Jack, well liked and respected. Tom and Jack attended daily Mass for years and always had a cheery greeting to all of us there. He had a great reputation as a husband and family man. Our sympathy goes out to all of the family.
GARRY & BETTY DAVIDSON on May 11, 2015 at 6:34 AM said:

Extending our sympathy to Jack's family. I can remember well visiting with Jack at the furniture store. He was a positive, upbeat fellow. One of Oelwein"s best. God Bless!!

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