Kenneth Carl “Bird” Thiede, 56
Kenneth Carl “Bird” Thiede, of Bryant, died Monday, January 13, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 56 years old. He was born on March 31, 1963, in Elgin, Illinois the son of Carl Thiede of Bryant and the late Marilyn (Belott) Thiede. He married Linda Lubinski on September 6, 1997, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Polar.
Ken attended Spring Valley Grade School and graduated from Antigo High School in 1981, where he played trumpet in the marching band.
His first job was at Schremp’s Drive-In in Antigo followed by Antigo Co-op Oil. In 1995 he became employed at Volm Companies as a traveling service technician, a job he enjoyed for the past 24 years.
Ken and Linda owned and operated Checkpoint Bar and Restaurant for 14 years. Ken and his father also operated K & C Aerial Lift LLC. He was a volunteer for the town of Antigo Fire Department and Fire Warden for the town of Price. He was a member of the Bryant Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club.
Ken lived life to the fullest. He attended Hodag Music Festival for 39 years. He enjoyed attending Country USA, the Crandon Brush Runs, snowmobiling, traveling, camping, hunting, dancing, time with friends playing cards, spending time grandchildren and living in “God’s Country”. He was a huge Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and NASCAR fan.
In addition to his wife and father, Ken is survived by two sons, Michael (Buffy) Lubinski of Green Bay and Andrew Lubinski of Antigo; five grandchildren, Ashton, Nathan, Gavin, Adrianna and Jace; three sisters, Sharon Thiede of Bryant, Cheryl (Kevin) Schedlbauer of Antigo and Dawn (Ron) Houdek of Bryant; father-in-law, Ray Trent of Appleton; mother-in-law, Mary Pouwels of New London; two brothers-in-law, John (Cheryl) Trent of New London and Jim (Rebecca) Lemke of New London; and a sister-in-law, Jennifer (Corey) Hietpas of Kaukauna; nieces, Kaitlyn Houdek and Chloe Hitz; and nephews, Aaron “Bucky” Houdek and Austin Schedlbauer. He will also be missed by other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Polar with Rev. Donald Engebretson and Rev. William Volm officiating.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home and Monday, January 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.