George J. Thibault | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

January 10, 1935 - May 2, 2020

George J. Thibault, on Saturday, May 2, 2020. George, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away at the age of 85 after a brief illness. George was born in 1935 in Detroit Lakes, MN. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and attended North Dakota Agricultural College. He served in the Air Force. He worked for 64 years with MnDOT. George lived independently with his loving wife, Kaye. He was grateful to remain involved in the lives of and was thankful for his children, grandchildren, and many friends. Preceded in death by parents, George and Hilda (Hassler) Thibault, sister Mary and brother-in-law, John Ahmann. Survived by his wife Kaye; his children, Mike (Dee), Monica (Dave Leitner), Renate, Stephan (Jenny) and Andre (Paula); grandchildren, Dusty, Damien, Dylan, Ashley (Jarid), Forest, Willow, Bodhi, Jacob, Cecilia, Kate, and Luc; six great-grandchildren; niece and nephews.


  1. Leroy and Lyn Larson says:

    Kaye, and Family.
    We don’t have the words …… So sad for those that remain without George.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Leroy and Lyn Larson

  2. Don Kieffer says:

    Dear Kaye
    I was so saddened to read that George had died. He was such a great guy and friend, a true room brightener. I have lost touch with so many work friends but have often thought of you and George with fond memories. Know that you and George’s kids are in our prayers. The world is a dimmer place without him.
    He was such a joy.
    Don and Marsha Kieffer

  3. Tim Leister says:

    Dear Kaye,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I first worked with George in 1984 and have good memories of our many adventures. He will be greatly missed by many. Our prayers are with you and family in the days and weeks ahead.

    Tim and Marilyn Leister

  4. Raynald Thibault says:

    Kaye and family
    We are thinking of you during this sad time. George was such a pleasant person
    to be around. The Thibault Association will miss him.

    Lila & Raynald Thibault

  5. Marie Grimm says:

    Dear Kaye, We are sad to hear of George’s death. It was an honor and a privilege to have known him! He always was so optimistic, smart, a real problem-solver, and a real friend. You are in our prayers. Sincerely, Ron and Marie Kachelmyer Grimm

  6. Thomas Harper says:

    I only met George about 20 years ago at a MnDOT meeting. Since then we mainly interacted by phone and later by email. He was very helpful to me over the years and I was able to dig through a few county recorder’s offices to look for records for him.
    In early 2014 we were at a meeting when a young surveyor from Rochester, who was presenting to the group, stated that nobody still working here was working here in 1959, he hadn’t even been born yet. George was too kind to mention it right then, but several of our peers were not that kind. The young man accepted the ribbing in good nature and we all had a good chuckle.
    We lost a good man and I will miss him.
    Tom Harper
    Detroit Lakes, MN

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