Robert Lawrence Thele, 71, of Burlington, died at 2:16 PM Friday, November 4, 2016, at home.
Born June 18, 1945, in Bethesda, MD, he was the son of Lawrence W. and Agnes Margaret Widerspach Thele.
Robert received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1972.
Robert was a math professor at Oklahoma and Nebraska University.
He was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed reading, particularly history, and staying up-to-date on current events; he also enjoyed shopping in hardware stores.
Survivors include one brother, James R. Thele of Omaha, NE; one nephew, Paul (Michaelle) Thele of Gretna, NE; and one great-niece, Maiya Thele of Gretna, NE,.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM with the family to receive friends from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The funeral service for Mr. Thele will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Very Reverend Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.