Harold G. Thayer, 88, of Jefferson City, formerly of Marshall and Carrollton, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2009, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall, with Evangelist Robert Bruch officiating. Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Marshall Community of Christ Church. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born March 8, 1921, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Harold G. Thayer Sr. and Sarah Deller Thayer. He attended Southeast Grade School and graduated from Marshall High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy Aviation V-5 program in June 1942, in Kansas City. In May 1943, he transferred to the Navel Training station V-6 program in Great Lakes, Ill., for training as a storekeeper. He served on LSTs 286, 996 and 655, saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II, and participated in the invasions of southern France and Okinawa. He held the rank of Store Keeper 1st Class and was honorably discharged in May 1946. Following the war, he enrolled at Missouri Valley College in Marshall and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in science and in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in business. On June 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Fern Martinez, who survives of the home. Fern and Harold celebrated 59 years of marriage in June of this year. He taught high school science for 39 years, first in Green City for three years, in Vandalia for six years and finishing in Carrollton. He was granted a Science-Math Fellowship in 1957-58 and entered University of Colorado to further his studies in the sciences. He was president of Carrollton Teachers Association for two years. He enjoyed the interaction with his students and fellow teachers and was senior class sponsor for 36 of the 39 years he taught. He was always available to talk with and encourage the students in their goals and applauded when they succeeded in furthering their education. He was active in Boy Scouts while his sons were in scouting, served as a counselor for merit badges and on the review board for advancement to Eagle Scout. He was sponsor of Troop 800 Class of Eagle Scouts in 1983 and an honorary member of The Tribe of Mic O Say. He was active in Carrollton Community of Christ Church and was pastor for nine years. He also served as counselor to two Stake Presidents and was a member of the High Council in Central Missouri Stake for 32 years. He and Fern moved back to Marshall in 1996, and as his health declined, they moved to Jefferson City in 2007. He remained at home and was under the care of St. Mary's Hospice at the time of his passing. His hobbies included photography and genealogy.
Survivors include his wife, Fern; four children, Michael Thayer and his wife, Lois, of Jefferson City, Anne Russell and her husband, Keith, of Kansas City, Sara Garcia Hanson and her husband, Mark, of Montgomery, Texas, and Jon Thayer and his wife, Jeanne, of St. Charles; five grandchildren, Matthew Russell and his wife, Brittany, Kaitlyn Russell, Nikolas Garcia and his wife, Niko, Jessica Thayer and Jonathan Thayer; four step-grandchildren, Shay and Brady Hanson, Shannon Frank and his wife, Amy, and Jody Frank and his wife, Shannon Webster; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frankie Kuhn of Marshall.
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