He was born Feb. 6, 1955, in Ironwood, son of the late Zane and Jean (Coleman) Thiede, graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in Hurley, Wis., in 1973, and attended Gogebic Community College for one year. He was employed at White Pine Copper Co. and Bessemer Plywood until becoming disabled. He enjoyed woodworking and was a big NASCAR racing fan.
On May 25, 1991, he was married to Jacqueline "Jackie" Fudaley at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. She survives.
Also surviving are a brother, Richard (Vicky) Thiede, Ramsay; two sisters, Mary Ann Johnson, Ironwood, and Sandy (Randy) Joly, Phoenix; numerous nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Margaret Fudaley, Ironwood; brother-in-law, Geno Fudaley, Ironwood Township; sisters-in-law, Marilee Fudaley, Ironwood, and Kathy Jo (Jim) Koval, Ironwood Township; and his faithful companion, his golden retriever, Dusty.
Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by his father-in-law, Eugene "Haiki" Fudaley, on Feb. 17, 2012.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be given to Jim's family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are with McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.