Donald Thede

Nov 09th 1:45 pm - 1:45 pm
US Army
US Army Air Corps
US Air Force
World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veteran
MRC - Brian Liberty


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Retired Military 

Military Branch 

U.S. Army, U.S. Army Air Corp then the U.S. Air Force 

Military Service 

Asiatic-Pacific Theatre During WWII "Burma Hump" Recalled into Service 1952 "Korean War" then Flying B-52 Bombing Missions over North Vietnam.


World War II (1941-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1962-1975)

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Interment Service 

Obituary Text 

Donald Leslie Thede
November 10, 1924 - October 20, 2018
Donald L. Thede, 93, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday,
October 20, 2018, in Weatherford, Texas.


MEMORIALS: Lutheran World Relief or B52 Stratofortress Association.


Don was born in Jamestown, North Dakota to Fred and Ella (Schlif) on November 10, 1924. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the US Army and served in the Air
Corp in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II as a pilot and co-pilot flying supplies into China over the “Burma Hump.” On September 11, 1946, he married Barbara MacKenzie. In 1952, he was recalled into military service and served in the United States Air Force until his retirement as a
Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. During this time, he served with distinction in South Korea following the Korean War and flew B-52 missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam Conflict.


In retirement, he was an avid golfer and also owned and operated Creative Cabinets in Hurst, Texas with his sons and later refurbished antique furniture with his wife. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, his grandson, Timothy Thede and son-in-law, Jack Delaurenti.


SURVIVORS: children Susan Schledorn (Michael) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Nancy Delaurenti of Salem, Oregon; Fred Thede (Cathy) of Hayden, Idaho; and Bill Thede (Desiree) of Weatherford, Texas, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

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Part 1


Interment Service 

Mission Date 


Staging Time 


Briefing Time


In Position/KSU Time


Starting Time 


Staging Point 

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery 

Staging Address 

2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy

Dallas, TX 75211

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Part 1 Details 

The family of Lt Col Donald Leslie Thede has asked the Patriot Guard Riders to honor his memory and service to our Country by standing a Flag Line at his interment service.

Riders will stage at the visitation center After the Mission Brief, four designated honor bikes will move to the staging site. The remainder of the Riders will proceed to the committal shelter, establish the Flag Line and prepare to receive the family and friends of Lt Col Donald L. Thede. When directed the Riders will return the flags to storage, be debriefed and dismissed. 





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