William 'Billy' Thiebaut, 81, passed away June 15, 2004, in Pueblo, Colorado. Born August 21, 1922, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Evelyn Ruth Thiebaut; children, Teresa Rose Middelkamp of Phoenix, Ariz. and William 'Bill' (Mary Ann) Thiebaut, Jr. of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Michael (Ginger) Middelkamp, Rodney Middelkamp, KristiAnne (Corey) Middelkamp, Douglas Middelkamp, Frances (Randy) Thiebaut-Romero, Christina Thiebaut, Jennifer Thiebaut, Elizabeth (Jon) Cushman, William (Laurie) Thiebaut III, Emily Sue (Gary) McDermott, Mark (Terra) Thiebaut, Rebecca (Nate) Erickson, Melissa Thiebaut, Timothy (Ambrey) Thiebaut, Hilary Thiebaut, Sarah Thiebaut, Katherine Thiebaut, Molly Thiebaut, and Thomas Jefferson Thiebaut; great-grandchildren, Kayla Thiebaut, Jessica Thiebaut, Randy Romero, Raelyn Romero, Karlee Thiebaut, Mark Thiebaut, Jr., Hannah Cushman, Cade Cushman, Zachary Cushman and Vivi Ann McDermott. Preceded in death by his parents, Alfonse and Teresa Thiebaut. A flag of the United States of America was flown over the Colorado State Capitol on October 5, 2001, and presented to William Thiebaut, Sr. ('Private First Class Billy Thiebaut') in recognition for his heroic service to this Nation during World War II, exemplifying the pure spirit of patriotism. Billy Thiebaut enlisted in the Regular Army in 1940 and trained in boot camp at Ft. Rosecrans in San Diego, California, and then was stationed at many military installations. Just prior to training for the European Theater at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was awarded the Bronze Battle Star in Alaska and was also Acting Provost Sergeant for the Military Police in Anchorage. After arriving in England on the Queen Mary, he crossed the English Channel to Le Havre, France where he joined the Fifteenth Army. He crossed the Ruhr River and then the Rhine River under fire. Among many campaigns and house to house fighting he encountered, Billy was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945, occupied Hitler's retreat 'Berchtesgaden,' and served under General Patton's Third Army. He received the following awards: Army of Occupation, Germany; European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign with 3 Battle Bronze Stars; and American Defense (Asiatic Pacific) with one Battle Bronze Star. Retired manager of American National Insurance Company in Pueblo, Colorado. Bill was an enthusiastic outdoorsman. Bill was an adoring husband, a loving father and a model grandfather and great grandfather. He was happiest when surrounded by his family. He loved life to the fullest. He was always thinking of others before himself, even in his last moments. And as a teacher, he gave his family the greatest of lessons: to live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. There will be no viewing. Recitation of the Rosary, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1708 Horseshoe Drive, Pueblo, with Reverend Father Ronald Roche officiating. A family Mass at St Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico will precede the interment at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, on Friday, June 18, 2004, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fuente de Vida at Sangre de Cristo Hospice in memory of Bill through the funeral home. The family wishes to thank Parkview Medical Center staff, attending physicians, and Fuente de Vida at Sangre de Cristo Hospice for all their caring, love and support throughout Bill's illness. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Grandpa,
    I miss you more than you’ll ever know. The memories and love you shared will never be forgotten. I know you’re with us all and we all love you. Until we meet again.
    So long for now,

    Mike

  2. Mark and Family…
    Just want to let you know that the Aguilar’s have you and your family in our prayers and thoughts.. We have lit a candle for your memories.

    Yvonne

  3. I just read about your loss and am truly sorry. Mr. Thiebaut used to come to my sales, and became a friend I enjoyed visiting with. My busines was ESTATE LIQUIDATORS there in Pueblo for 20 years. My condolences to all of you!

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