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Ronald Thiessen '19 April 10, 2017 2:02 PM updated: April 10, 2017 2:09 PM

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 29, 2017

Ronald Thiessen
Ronald Thiessen, 20, of Seminole died Jan.26, 2017. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Mennonite Evangelical Church in Seminole. Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole.

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September 24, 1996 — January 26, 2017
Silver Taps: Ronald Thiessen

A hard-working student who cared for family, friends

Posted: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:07 pm
By Tyler Snell

Aggies look forward to the day they step foot on campus and continue their higher education. For Ronald Thiessen, this dream became a reality when he transferred from Angelo State University last semester.

Ronald was described as a hard working and caring student who always completed his assignments on time and looked for challenges.

“I remember that he had told me that one of the teachers had told him that he would be good if he could do a 3.5 [GPA] here,” said Tina Thiessen, Ronald’s mother. “But he would always try to reach as high as he could.”

Tina said she can remember how Ronald was always looking forward to becoming an Aggie and walking across the stage.

“He was looking ahead two years ago with plans to go to A&M,” Tina said. “It was his dream. He was really excited that he could go and that he could go into the classes that he had studied already.”

Ronald was a hardworking student who included in his transfer essay the desire to become a software engineer and one day start his own company.

“He was a student with great promise,” said Rick Furuta, professor and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Computer Science. “It is sad both that he could not develop this and also that we could not gain the benefit of his contribution to our community.”

A drive to put others first and make them feel special is what Tina said she will always cherish about Ronald.

“When it came up to Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or someone’s birthday he would always be the first one to have something ready for us,” Tina said. “He always showed love to us and that was something that I will keep in my heart that he did for us.”

Raymond Thiessen, Ronald’s older brother, said Ronald was a loving brother who knew how to work hard and play hard.

“We always played video games together,” Raymond said. “We always played sports together, too, and watched football together. That’s something I will really miss.”

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