Byron Thelen

Jan 6, 2023

A Memorial Service for Byron Thelen, age 85, of Milford, was held Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji. Inurnment will be in the Milford Cemetery at a later date. 

Byron Carl Thelen, the son of Carl and Ardyce (Waterman) Thelen, was born on January 30, 1937, in Milford, Iowa. Growing up, Byron attended school and earned his high school diploma at Milford Community School.

On December 7, 1958, Byron was united in marriage to Jo Ann (Schnider) Thelen in Milford. 

Through his life, Byron and Jo Ann owned Jo and By’s Lounge for 22 years. He also held jobs at Spencer Packing Company, Whittenburg Distributing and Okoboji Schools, as a bus driver.

Byron was a member of First Lutheran Church in West Okoboji, Milford American Legion, and served on the Milford Fire Department from 1967-1994. 

In his free time, Byron enjoyed golfing, bowling, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, riding bicycle, and Sunday night happy hour. Above all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.
Byron passed away on January 6, 2023, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jo (Schnider) Thelen; daughters, Katy Sporrer (Tom) and Lori Young (Tony); sons, Paul Thelen (Julie) and Jason Thelen (Tiffany); grandchildren: David Young (Sara), Kimberly Etienne (Nick), Kylen Thelen, Blayne Thelen (Brittany); 9 great-grandchildren; nephew, Bob Reason (Andra) and their family; sisters-in-law: Mavis Applegate, Norma Jans (Marvin), Carol Steely (Roger); brother-in-law, Steven Schnieder (Deb); as well as extended family and friends.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ardyce Thelen; sister, Pat Reason; and nephew, Kelly Reason; sisters-in-law: Joyce Schnider, Marlene Freeburg, Arlene Nichols; brother-in-law, Alvin Schnider.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.