Philip Lee Thiel

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Philip Lee Thiel

January 15, 1954 - March 08, 2019

Philip Lee Thiel Philip Lee Thiel, 65, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly on March 8, 2019 at his home. Phil was born on Jan. 15, 1954.
Phil was an organizer and very active in the local community. Beginning in the early '80s he was a vocal member of the Michigan Federation of Food Co-Ops and an early member of Oryana Co-Op.
Phil was a pioneering bio regionalist and organized multiple Great Lakes Bioregional Congresses and the North American Bioregional Congress at Camp Innisfree. He served as executive director for NMEAC and editor of the newsletter. He was one of the founders and director of Great Lakes Renewable Energy Fair. He was owner of the Cedar City Market that was a hub of the community where one could get a great conversation about any sport, the environment, politics, beverage, food or the weather. Phil was always concerned with the common good and worked for a sustainable and progressive community.
He was well known with a larger than life personality. Phil was "... an astute thinker, a wit and a great goofball." He was a good friend and will be greatly missed.
Phil is survived by his mother, Lorraine; brother, James (Pam) Thiel; and many friends.
Phil was preceded in death by his father, Leo Joseph Thiel; and sister, Maryjo.
A celebration of Phil's life will be held later in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your favorite local charity in Phil's name.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 16, 2019
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John and Connie Sullivan
Mar 19, 2019
We met Phil at the Cedar City Market, and were soon frequent customers and close friends. We were Poker buddies and politically and socially simpatico. He often graced our home for a chat and to share an adult beverage. We loved him very much and will miss him greatly.
Kay U. Smith
Mar 16, 2019
Ken and I are so sad to hear that Phil's larger than life personality won't be on this earth any more. We won't ever be able to forget our relationship with Phil. He was one of kind type of person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you his family and friends. We live in Oregon now. So we won't be able to be with you. We send all of you big bear hugs like Phil would give you.
Valerie Greenlaw Wolff
Mar 16, 2019
I was so saddened to hear of Phil's passing. He and I went to elementary school together at Immaculate Conception, along with his younger sister, Mary Jo. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. Rest in peace, Phil.