Richard “Dick” Thelen Obituary – Death

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Richard “Dick” Thelen Obituary – Death

Richard “Dick” Thelen Obituary – Death : Richard “Dick” Thelen has died. Dick was one of the survivors of the sinking USS Indianapolis. He died on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at age 94. Thelen joined the crew in 1945 and was one of the youngest recruits on the ship. After the unfortunate incidence, he went on to help in planning survivor reunions and continued to be an active member of the legacy organization starting from the 1950s.

Thelen was one of the youngest on the ship, and had only joined the crew in May 1945. Since the 1950s, he had helped plan survivor reunions and had been active with the legacy organization.

Cause of Death

Richard “Dick” Thelen’s cause of death has not been revealed yet at the time of this publication but we will make sure to update any necessary information as it unfolds.

Funeral Arrangements

There is no news yet from the family concerning funeral arrangements or visitation time. Nothing prepares a person for the loss of a loved one and so at a dire time like this, we extend our warmest condolences to the family of the deceased.

Tributes and condolences

According to the USS Indianapolis Facebook page, Thelen was described as a “leader, a friend, a storyteller, a jokester, a smart aleck.”

USS Indianapolis

“The world lost an incredible man yesterday, and we just won’t ever be the same without him. USS Indianapolis Survivor Dick Thelen passed away Monday, September 13th, at the age of 94.

Dick was one of the youngest crew members, and had joined USS Indianapolis just prior to her final sailing, in May of 1945. In the late 1950’s, Dick joined other survivors, helping to plan the first USS Indianapolis reunion, and throughout the years played an integral role in the organization.
He was a leader, a friend, a storyteller, a jokester, a smart aleck… he was wise, and generous, fun, and always honest. He taught us to Never Give Up, and to fight for what’s right, even when the going gets tough.
We’ll miss you Dick, but we’ll never forget you. And we’ll never stop sharing your story. Rest easy sailor, we have the watch”.