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Celebration of Life

Central Christian Church
Saturday January 15th, 2022

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Lauren Keith Thiessen

Lauren’s life began on September 18, 1948, the son of Willard and Lena (Neufeld) Thiessen in Newton, Kansas. He graduated from Berean Academy Class of 1966 and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University in 1971. He married the love of his life, Jo Ann (Giebler) Gottschalk on May 8, 1982, in Hays, Kansas.

Lauren retired from Scott Rice Office Interiors as a salesman in 2018. He was a member of Central Christian Church where he taught marriage classes, mentored married couples, and was an elder. He was also a member of Bel Aire Chamber of Commerce. He loved his family especially the grandkids, fishing, golfing, and restoring his 1979 El Camino.

His loving family includes his wife, Jo Ann of the home; sons, Garry Thiessen of Ames, Iowa, Brent Thiessen (Wendy) of Marshalltown, Iowa, Scott Thiessen (Tammy) of Avon, Ohio, Cory Gottschalk of Norman, Oklahoma, Chad Gottschalk (Cassie) of Wichita; daughter, Nichole Thiessen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sisters, Jo Lyn Stark of Raymore, Missouri and Lavada Klinger (Dan) of Phillipsburg, Kansas; 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Gottschalk and a brother-in-law, Dave Stark. Lauren passed peacefully into his Savior’s arms on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the age of 73 years old.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church, 2900 N. Rock Road, Wichita, Kansas. To watch Lauren's service online, please go to https://livestream.com/cccevents/memorials. A private family burial in Emmaus Cemetery, Whitewater, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Encourager's Class at https://ccc.onlinegiving.org/donate or His Helping Hands at https://hishelpinghands.onlinegiving.org/donate or Berean Academy www.bereanwarriors.org/giving or in care of Lamb Funeral Home, P.O. Box 358, Whitewater, Kansas 67154. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Lauren at www.yazelmeglifh.com

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I regret not being able to attend Lauren's celebration of life. I got to know Lauren while working together at Scott Rice. My favorite memories with Lauren are when a group of us would pray together after our company meetings. Truly a man after God's own heart. "Well done good and faithful servant. Your name is surely written in God's Book of Life."

Scott Lee Jan 17 2022 4:56 PM

I Remember when Lauren would read a Christmas story from the Bible every year. He always treated my kids and I like family from the day I started dating Chad. He always had a smile on his face and had a kind and loving heart. He is missed🥲

Cassie Gottschalk Dec 30 2021 9:27 AM

Dad always had an ornery come back for me when I would make comments. He was always fun to go eat with when I was living in Wichita. I will Miss my Dad and his sense of humor.

Garry Thiessen Dec 27 2021 2:01 PM

This was the last time my son and I saw my Dad last year. So hard to believe you are gone. Preston and I will miss you very much. Love u.

Nichole Thiessen Nov 4 2021 2:32 PM

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Nichole Thiessen Nov 4 2021 2:28 PM

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Nichole Thiessen Nov 4 2021 2:24 PM

We have been so blessed to have had Lauren as a good friend and business associate. I came to know Lauren through our business over the years with Scott Rice and also through Berean Academy where our children also attended school. Lauren was a true man of God whose light shown brightly!
He will be greatly missed!

Danny L Satterfield
Danny Satterfield Drywall LLC

Danny L Satterfield Nov 2 2021 6:26 PM

Remembering our Thanksgiving dinners together at Scott Rice & their daughters would tease Lauren about his "combed hair" & he would laugh ... & our wonderful annual Christmas Parties where Lauren always said prayer & shared positive thoughts. Truly a messenger.

Marilyn J Lee Nov 2 2021 9:26 AM

You will be greatly missed and leave a big gap in the Encouragers Class.

Patty Lohr Oct 31 2021 8:12 PM