Dan Theisen, 58, of St Cloud Passes Away
Dan had an affinity for all things outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He enjoyed making apple pie moonshine while spending time with his nieces – all qualities which will be missed greatly by many after passing at St Benedict’s Center in Little Falls; Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is honoring their memory with care services for this family.
Early Life and Education
Theisen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Sartell High School, graduating in 2009. Subsequently he worked for Wells Concrete, DeZurik and Warning Lites of MN while being an active member of the American Legion.
His beloved wife Norma Jean passed away peacefully at Balfour Retirement Community on May 24th after suffering a stroke. Known for her love of root beer, she will always be fondly remembered by all who knew her.
He was an acclaimed entrepreneur who founded Godfather’s Pizza, now a widely popular chain restaurant chain across the country, while also inheriting part of Theisen Family Estate. Additionally, he co-founded Nebraska Builder Initiative with Brian Lee from Silicon Prairie News at its launch event; being an advocate of small businesses and local entrepreneurship as a cause.
Theisen serves as both Clinical Professor and Director of Training for Augsburg University’s Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. He specializes in contemporary/relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy, countertransference theory/therapist’s use of self, clinical supervision/consultation as well as supervision/consultant duties.
He serves on the Theatre Department’s Advisory Board, consisting of outside theatre professionals that help St. Ambrose students secure professional jobs in theatre. Members such as Jody Hovland (pictured above), Denny Hitchcock and Bill Theisen all possess valuable theater industry experience as they have all run their own theatres, providing invaluable contacts.
Michael Theisen leaves behind his parents Michael and Shari of Opole; sisters Peggy Ries of Dyersville, Tom Theisen of Sartell and Kathy Vaske from Rice; brothers Mike Vaske from Richmond TX and Chris Vaske from Peru IL; nieces Hazel and Willow; nephews Erin Neiers, Jay Ries, Kelly Dahl Brian Theisen Nicholas Theisen as well as many cousins and friends.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel Theisen has made significant contributions to medical science and is highly esteemed by his colleagues. He regularly participates in conferences and workshops to stay abreast of new advancements, while conducting research studies that result in published results to further advance medical knowledge.
Mr. White has received many honors, such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Bronze Star. Additionally, he has served on several committees and is an inductee into the National Honor Society.
He is an exceptional student with a GPA of 3.889 and holds multiple athletic achievements: cross country running and track and field competition, winning one national championship in steeplechase; membership of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program and also an accomplished musician.
Dan was beloved by family and friends alike and always made everyone laugh with his humor and big heart. He will be greatly missed. Dan leaves behind his parents Mike and Shari of Opole; brother Joe (Krista) Theisen of Sauk Rapids; nieces Hazel and Willow Theisen as well as grandfather Alfred Mrosla of Rice as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who mourn his passing.
Dan was a member of St. Anthony’s Church in St. Cloud and will be laid to rest at Assumption Cemetery. Dan leaves behind his wife Kimberly; sons Kyle and Danielle; brothers David and Dale from Waite Park; sister Debbie Blonigan of New Munich; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who will benefit from a memorial fund established for his legacy. Joseph preceded Dan in death. Emblom Brenny Funeral Service will care for his family at this difficult time.
Theisen is an active member of both Polka Lovers Club of America and Heartland Swingers Polka Group, in addition to Good Sam’s Club, Knights of Columbus Council #961, Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post #428 and Eagles Aerie 622. Additionally, he was past president of St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on City Council in St. Cloud.
Michael Theisen of Sartell is survived by his parents Michael and Shari Theisen as well as his sister Hazel Theisen from Opole; nieces Willow and Hazel Theisen; grandparents Urban and Marian Theisen of Rice as well as cousins Amanda Lea Stewart and Joshua Theisen as well as other relatives and friends.
His military service included serving in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Additionally, he was an active member of both Knights of Columbus and St Michael’s Church in St Cloud.