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Old 01-16-2018, 09:09 AM
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Michael C. Thielman 49, Las Vegas, NV.

Michael C. Thielman, 49, passed away December 29, 2017. He was born October 21, 1968 in Burbank, Calif., and was a Las Vegas resident since 1975. Michael grew up loving the desert life. He enjoyed swimming, hiking, boating and catching lizards with his sister and cousins at Lake Mead. At home, he practiced doing flips and dives into the backyard pool, and playing kickball or doge ball with friends. Always adventurous, he loved riding his bike and building homemade jumps. He would build forts out of blankets, but at one point his creative side really came out when he built an elaborate wooden fort complete with a power source, rugs, and everything else a boy would need. He competed on soccer and basketball teams for St. Viator Church, coached by his father. Michael graduated from Chaparral High School in Las Vegas in 1986. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1987, and after completing the Lifeguard Training Course, he served as a lifeguard in Okinawa, Japan. Thereafter, Michael bravely served our country during combat, saving lives of fellow Marines during Operation Desert Storm. Michael had a contagious smile and magnetic presence. He always had those around him laughing with his great sense of humor. This led to his success as manager and bartender at Office 5 Bar & Grill, where he worked for most of his adult life. Michael married Renea Chiappe, October 4, 1998, though they later divorced. The light of Michael's life, Savannah, was a result of that union. Michael eagerly passed his interest in the desert life on to his daughter. It was not long before Michael taught Savannah how to swim, boat, hike and target shoot. Among their favorite hiking excursions were stories of hidden caves, waterfalls and spotting wild animals. While Michael was tough as nails, he recently showed his sense of loyalty when caring for his father, who was recuperating from surgery, putting aside all things in his life to do so, and demonstrating such thoughtfulness and compassion. Michael is survived by his daughter, Savannah; mother, Sharon Thielman; father, Steven Thielman; sister, Gail Thielman Rieffer and her children, Amanda, Cody and Alyssa Rieffer; aunt, Ellen Thielman; the uncles, whom he would chat with through email and Facebook, Brian Smith, John (Shirley) Thielman and Bill Thielman; and his desert roaming cousins, Jeanne (Mike) Kocvara, Shelley Thielman and Jim (Lana) Thielman. Services will be private at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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