In Memory

Albert Theobald - Class Of 1947

Albert H. Theobald, 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 21, 2016 after suffering from a massive stroke. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Thelma (Sikes) Theobald.

Albert was born in Green Valley, OH, the son of the late Walter E. and Ethel (Ballard) Theobald. His brothers, Lincoln Theobald died in 1985 and Arthur died at birth. Albert was raised by his grandparents, A.B. and Elizabeth Ballard. He graduated from Thorntown High School in 1947 and served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1950 and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. His first marriage was to Peggy White in April of 1950 until her death from an auto accident in August of 1950. He then married Thelma Jean Sikes on June 15, 1952.

They have four children: Julie Calloway of Cincinnati, OH., Kittie Marshall of Carmel, IN., Doug (Beth) Theobald of Brookston, IN., and Dan Theobald (Marsha) of Thorntown; 13 grandchildren: Joe, Elizabeth, and James (Michele) Calloway; Jared, Michael, Robert (Angel), Susan and Katie Marshall; Jacob, Josh (Amy) and Zach (Kate) Theobald, and Scot (Cathy) and Kyle Theobald; six great grandchildren: Jameson Mattingly, Ariana Calloway, Grace and Triton Marshall, Zoie and Ellyse Theobald.

Albert worked at Monarch Buick in Indianapolis from 1951-56 and Ogden Oldsmobile in Lebanon from 1956-58. He owned and operated Theobald Auto Repair from 1958-88 with his wife, Thelma. He was one of the founding members of the Indiana Towing & Wrecker Association and served as president from 1981-82. He was a 32nd Degree Master Mason, 50 year member and past Worshipful Master of the Thorntown Masonic Lodge #113, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Shrine and Order of Eastern Star. He was also a founding member of the Thorntown Kiwanis Club and the Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge in Zionsville.

He served on the Sugar Creek Township advisory board from 1962-66; and was elected the Sugar Creek Township Trustee from 1966-78. He was a member of the Thorntown Town Board and later worked for the Thorntown Post Office delivering mail. He was also a member of the Thorntown American Legion Post #218 and served in the Honor Guard.

After retirement Albert volunteered at the Sugar Creek Art Center in Thorntown and participated in the building renovation. He worked the election polls and was vice precinct committee person for several years. Albert enjoyed woodworking and made picnic tables for the Thorntown Town Park and the Thorntown Lions Club Park. Friends and family enjoyed the fruits of his woodworking skills. He spent many hours on his front porch greeting those who traveled S.R. 47.

Albert enjoyed camping, boating, and hunting with family and friends. He made several trips to Wyoming and Colorado. He took great joy watching his children and grandchildren in their activities and careers, as well as being a loyal I.U. basketball fan.

Family and friends will gather Sun., Jan. 24, 2016, for visitation from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Mon., Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 10:30 a.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN. Albert will be laid to rest at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Thorntown, IN. You’re invited to visit the where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message. Memorial contributions may be made to Sugar Plain Friends Church Building Fund, 317 S. Pearl St., Thorntown, IN 46071, Thorntown American Legion Post #218, 7623 N. 1150 W., Colfax, IN 46035 or Thorntown Masonic Lodge #113, 8109 W. SR 47, Thorntown, IN 46071