John Throener, 83, of West Point, died Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point. Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Thursday, August 29 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at St. Charles with Fr. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery with lunch following at the Nielsen Center. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point and continue from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a vigil service at 7:00pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at St. Charles. Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
John William Throener was born on February 21, 1936 to John and Sophie (Heiman) Throener in West Point. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and attended school at St. Anthony’s Catholic School. John farmed with his family before joining the United States Army in 1956. He served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1958. On April 29, 1961, John married Rita Oligmueller at St. Boniface Catholic Church at Monterey. The couple farmed on the Throener family farm where they also raised cattle and hogs. John and Rita enjoyed heading to Arizona during the winters. They moved into town in 2010.
John was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church where he was a trustee and member of the Holy Name Society. John and Rita enjoyed dancing and were especially fond of the polka. Their dancing abilities won them a trip to Europe where they visited England, France, and Germany. JT could be found playing sheephead or at a local coffee shop with friends. He loved to farm and did so all 83 years of his life. John especially appreciated spending time with his 15 grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rita, of West Point, and children:
Dean (Eileen Vice) of Waggaman, LA
Donna (Steve) Meister of West Point
Brent Meister of West Point
Jamie (Jared) Bethune of Wayne
Brandon Meister of West Point
Brooke Meister of West Point
Dale (Cheryl) of Blair
Megan Throener (fiancé Zachary Lusienski) of Omaha
Melissa Throener of Ft. Rucker, AL
Matthew Throener of Wayne
Dan (Hazell) of Lincoln
Sophia and Natasha of Lincoln
Doreen (Brian) Fischer of West Point
Krista, Jonathan, and Kayla of West Point
Denise (Jay) Kreikemeier of West Point
Avery, Amber, and Abby of West Point
sister, Marilyn (Don) Kloke of Medford, OR; and sister-in-law, Agnes Throener of Omaha. John is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Irvin (Rita), Jerome, and Norbert in infancy.