Columbia, SC - Michael Joel Thiel, age 70, died Thursday, September 2, 2021 peacefully at his home in Columbia, SC with his spouse by his side.
He was born the son of Art and Julia Thiel in Owosso, MI. After graduating from Chesaning Union High School, Mike served in the US Army from 1970 to 1973 protecting our freedom during the Vietnam War. Following his service, Mike attended Delta Community College and earned a degree in accounting. Mike also attended Flight Attendant classes in Miami, FL. Mike worked for General Motors Flint Engine Plant for over 30 years.
Following his retirement, Mike moved to his paradise in Columbia, South Carolina. Mike was very passionate about health and fitness and was an avid runner. Anyone who knew him understood the love he had for his family and especially all of his grandchildren.
Surviving are: his spouse Mark Langbein; children, Jason Thiel, Laura Thiel, Joshua Thiel, and Patrick (Angela) Thiel; grandchildren, Jordan Spayde, Rylee Spayde, Hayven Thiel, Kylie Thiel, Emmery Thiel, Hunter Thiel, Madeline Thiel, Brantley Thiel, and Charlie Thiel; and his siblings, Thomas (Mona) Thiel, Patsy (Cliff) Smith, Gary Thiel, Debbie (Leon) Moore, Rose Jungnitsch, and Julie (Don) Birchmeier; Step-Sibling, David (Fran) Thiel; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceded in death by: his parents; and siblings Eugene, Arlene, Jack, Kevin, Kathryn and Mary.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Garden of Grace UCC Church, 1020 Atlas Road, Columbia, SC, 29209.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org