Mark Vern Thiel

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Mark Vern Thiel

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Mark Vern Thiel
Mark Vern Thiel

Mark Vern Thiel was born in Billings on March 10, 1970, to Larry and Marlene Thiel. He died in his home on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Marlene (Gehring) Thiel of Laurel; brothers Shawn (Michelle) Thiel of Billings, Corey (Jena) Thiel of Laurel; nephew Kyle Thiel and niece Kyra Thiel of Billings; his wife, Judy (Hartman) Thiel of Billings; aunts Sharon (Bob) Christie, Bonnie Thiel of Billings, Judy Moore of Hermiston, Ore.; and uncle Albert (Cheryl) Gehring of Billings. He is also survived by numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vernie and Katherine Thiel, Ann Gehring; his uncles, Clyde, Jerry, Wayne Kopp, Ronnie Gehring and Delbert Gehring; and aunt Emma Kopp.

Mark graduated from Laurel High School in 1988. He worked for Magic Carpet RV Center on weekends and summers while still in school, going to work for them full time after graduation. Mark was an excellent RV tech and always treated the customers well and was well liked in return. Think they call that “respect for your fellow man.” He worked there for several years before going to work for Tour America RV and then for Metra RV, where he worked until approximately five years before his death on Sunday.

Mark enjoyed hunting, and had the best luck with the big game drawings and getting his animal. He got two buffalo, mountain goat, Rocky Mountain Sheep and a wild pig that he got in Arizona. He also liked to go out target shooting. He never really learned to like fishing very well. However, I (Mom) can recall once that we went fishing in Spring Creek and his brother Shawn caught a fish which was not one to brag about. We put it on a stringer and Mark dragged it around, stuffing rocks down its mouth. That fish must have weighed 10 lbs. before we left for home. Shawn and Mark were only about 5 and 6 years old at that time.

Mark was a warm-hearted person with a heart of gold. I don’t think he ever knew a stranger. It seems everyone he met was a friend. If you were a good friend to Mark, you were his friend for life. If you were anywhere with Mark and he had a dollar, everybody had a dollar. He was definitely not a selfish person. He went with his wife and friends to Vegas to the NASCAR races and enjoyed the sounds and lights of Vegas.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Eventually, we will tuck him in a warm corner in our hearts and remember him and smile. For now, the tears will flow, but I make one request. If you love someone — be it husband, wife, child or whomever — please tell them you love them while you still can. Life is too short sometimes.

Rest in peace, Mark. We love you still.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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  1. Mark we will miss you. We loved you in life and we still love you in death. Have a good ride home. Love you, Uncle Bob and Aunt Sharon.

  2. Went to high school with Mark. He was quit the dude. There are several things that i will hold dear to my memories about him. May your family find peace knowing he finally has his wings.

  3. I graduated with Mark and had him in a few classes. I had moved to Laurel with my folks from ILL. in the summer of 1987. He was one of the first guys I had ever met. Great guy as well as Shawn. He will surely be missed. Sorry for your family’s loss.

  4. Mark was one of those rare people that would always leave you smiling. He had a great smile and positive attitude that was contagious. It’s been many years since I saw him last oddly seems not that far away. Mark rest in peace. You will be truly missed.

  5. I had the great opportunity to go to school with Mark and work with him at Metra RV. He was always a joy to be around. His smile and jokes made it easy to do our job. He was one great guy !!!

  6. Mark, we had lot of memories. Many wonderful days at magic carpet rv. We love you and will always remember your love you had in your heart. Rest in peace brother !

  7. I remember Mark from way back to the Meadowlark elementary days. Lots of memories of the walk to and from school especially going to his house to see the pet racoon. God speed old friend.

  8. Shawn and Corey, I’m saddened you lost your brother. I knew you two much better than Mark. I’ll never imagine the pain. Grab ahold of the ones you love. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Go do great things in your brother’s memory. Love and live like there’s no tomorrow! Again, sorry for your loss.

  9. Mark, even though we didn’t see each other very often, loved your phone calls. You will be missed cuz. But you will be welcomed by all of your family in heaven. Rest in peace. Lita

  10. Mark was a great guy. He always left you with a smile on your face. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP Mark.

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