Stuart Thies

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Stuart A. Thies, 65, of Freeburg, IL, born September 22, 1958, in Carbondale, IL, died Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Stu worked as a proud Union carpenter and thoroughly enjoyed his 45-year career. He was always happy to offer his expertise to family and friends.

Music was one of Stu’s greatest joys and he was an accomplished musician. He played with well-known bands all over the area for over thirty years. Stu loved playing music with friends, those were some of the best times of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward R. Thies; and a brother-in-law, Bob Gustin.

Surviving are his loving wife, Krista, nee Gilbert, Thies; his mother, Fern, nee Arbeiter, Thies; two daughters, Karli Thies (Derrick Boyster), and Summer (Adam) Tucker; a step-son, Caleb (Ericka) Walker; a sister and brother, Sally Thies Gustin, and Scott (Letty) Thies; five grandchildren, Bayleigh and Xander Boyster, Gavin and Hunter Tucker and Layla Walker; two sisters-in-law, Sharon (William) Utz, and Jacquie (Matthew) Wilson; three nieces and two nephews, Casey Gustin and Jessica (Zac) James, Sawyer Thies, and Heather and Ryan Wilson; and a great-nephew, Jaxxon James.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Robert Koch officiating.

Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, New Athens, IL.


15 Comments on Stuart Thies

Michael Buettner said : Guest Report Nov 24, 2023 at 1:54 PM

There are no words. Many great memories running around with Stu in high school and after. Always smiling and having a good time. It is a sad day. Shred it on the bottom brother. RIP.

  • Batesville
  • Indiana
Jack said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2023 at 10:06 PM

I am very sorry to hear of Stu passing. He was always a great guy the years we went to school together. We ran into each other occasionally and would be like we never lost touch. I want you all to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Waterloo
  • Ill
Cathy Lorenz said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2023 at 6:07 PM

It breaks my heart to know that such a wonderful person will no longer be in our presence. He brought so much into our lives. He blessed us not only with his presence and smile, he gave us his talent thru his music. Stu I was blessed to know you. I will always miss you for bring all the wonderful memories. Rest in peace my friend. You will be solely missed.

  • Watertloo
  • IL
Kim Sta,, said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2023 at 9:41 AM

My deepest sympathies to all of his loved ones. I remember Stu from the bands he had played in. He was always such a sweetheart. God bless you all and may He comfort you during this difficulty time.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
LuAnn mueller lance said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2023 at 8:33 AM

To the family of Stu. So sorry for your loss. My prays are with you all. He was a great classmate to all in the class of “77”.

  • Lenzburg
  • I’ll.
Becky Blomenkamp said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2023 at 10:24 PM

Kris so sorry for your loss. Stu was a special guy always had a smile on his face. Hold onto to all of the good memories . My sympathy to all of Stu's family & friend's. Hugs & prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Lisa (Reichert) Shemonic said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2023 at 7:05 PM

Sending prayers and deepest sympathy to family. Have known Stu most of my life through church and his music. He will he missed

  • Rockwood
  • Illinois
The Casey Thies Family said : Guest Report Nov 19, 2023 at 2:37 AM

Our Deepest Sympathy for The Family and Friends of our dear cousin Stu. Fond memories will always be in our Hearts.

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Bill, Kathy and Bear Mueller said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2023 at 9:12 PM

Kris, So sorry to hear about Stu's passing. Our since condolences and prayers to you and your family.

  • Lenzburg
  • IL
Debby Badgett said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2023 at 9:10 AM

I'm so sorry to here about Stu's passing.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Sheila Barrale said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2023 at 8:20 AM

Sincere condolences to the family. Have you in my prayers and thoughts.

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Patty Speer (Utz) said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 9:40 PM

Kris, I am so sorry to have learned of his passing. Deepest condolences to you and your family. May many fond memories of him bring you peace in the days to come.

  • Plainfield
  • IL
Roy and Anita Mueller said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 9:12 PM

Krista and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of Stu. May all the special memories you have with Stu comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lisa Modglin said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 8:40 PM

I'm so sad to hear of Stu's passing. He was such a friendly guy who always had a smile on his face. My sympathies to his family during this difficult time.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Lori Schneider said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 7:23 PM

Dear Kris, Karlie, Summer, and Caleb, Sally, Fern, Scott and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

  • Paderborn
  • IL

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