Helen Thiesing to serve as Homecoming parade marshal

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Helen Thiesing to serve as Homecoming parade marshal

September 17, 2010

 Helen Thiesing
Helen Thiesing
2010 Homecoming Parade Marshal

Longtime Northwestern Oklahoma State University supporter Helen Thiesing has been chosen as the 2010 Homecoming Parade Marshal, and will lead the parade on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.

Born and raised in Alva, Thiesing is an active member of the community and attends many Northwestern events. She and her late husband, Kenneth, were avid basketball fans and attended many games in Percefull Fieldhouse. In her husband’s memory, the Thiesing family donated the current scoreboard in Percefull, and a fitting tribute to her late husband is displayed beneath it that says, “In Memory of Kenneth Thiesing, longtime NWOSU Supporter.”

The Thiesing’s were co-owners of Tri-K Equipment, a farm implement business, where she served as the secretary and treasurer for more than 40 years until she retired in 2006.

“I miss seeing all the farmers come in and out of the store,” Thiesing said.

Thiesing has had a connection to Northwestern for more than 30 years. She was the chair of the Northwestern Scholarship Drive in 1977, and has worked on the annual drive every year since then. She also is a member of the Presidential Partners and Millennium Club at Northwestern.

Skeeter Bird, CEO of the Northwestern Foundation, said he and Thiesing are scholarship drive partners. He mentioned they always have a wonderful time visiting with folks and securing scholarship funds for Northwestern students.

“She certainly is worthy of this honor,” Bird said. “She is involved and does so much for this community, it just astounds me sometimes how she finds time to get it all done.”

Bird also praised Thiesing for her Woods County Fair awards this year. She won Grand Champion in Food Preparation, and Outstanding Champion for the divinity she prepared.

“Helen is always focused on the young people in our community,” Bird said. “If you have ever been at her house at Halloween or seen her out raising funds during the Northwestern Scholarship drive, you would know how important the young people of Alva are to her."

When asked how she felt about holding the title of parade marshal this year, she said, “I was shocked.”

“I was surprised to be chosen, and I am just thrilled to have this honor,” Thiesing said.

She also is a very active member in the Lutheran Church in Alva and serves as the church secretary. Since 1987, Thiesing has been the treasurer of the Alva Education Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Share Medical Center Foundation.

Thiesing has two sons, Kevin and his wife Jana and Kelly and his wife Kellie. She also has three grandchildren, Kassandra, Kaylee and April; and four great-grandchildren, Hadley, Eden, Kodee and Jensen.