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Dr. Thomas Howard Kiehne

Dr. Thomas Howard Kiehne of Jackson and formerly of Ste. Genevieve died on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Jackson. He was 74 years old.

He was born August 20, 1944, in St. Louis, the only child of Howard and Dorothy Goehring Kiehne.

He was married to Mary Louise Weber on August 29, 1965, in Altenburg, and she survives in Jackson.

In addition to his wife of nearly 54 years, he is survived by two sons, Grant Kiehne and his wife Jan of Windsor, Connecticut, Chad Kiehne and his wife Amy of Cape Girardeau; four grandchildren, Noah Michael Kiehne, Aron Christopher Kiehne, Madeline Pearl Kiehne, Wesley Thomas Kiehne; a brother, David Willer of Jackson; a sister, Jane Wessel and her husband Dennis of Gordonville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; and his step-father, Raymond W. Willer.

His father was killed in the line of duty, February 28, 1945, during World War II in the European Theater. His mother later married Raymond W. Willer, and two children were born to their union, David and Jane.

He was a 1962 graduate of Jackson High School, where he was active in the band program.  He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, where he was a trombone player in Marching Mizzou. He then received a master’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri and a doctorate degree in education from St. Louis University.

His career included band director, music director and assistant principal at the Bayless and Mehlville school districts in St. Louis. He then became principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District.

He was the personnel manager and director of labor relations at Mississippi Lime Company for 10 years. Following his retirement, he became the principal of Saxony Lutheran High School and later a graduate instructor in the education department at Southeast Missouri State University.

Since returning to Jackson, he was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson and an avid supporter of St. Paul Lutheran School and Saxony Lutheran High School. He was baptized at Emmaus Lutheran Church in St. Louis and confirmed at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson, Missouri.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 9 a.m. to service time, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at St. Paul Church. Rev. Eric Longman will officiate. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg, Missouri.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Saxony Lutheran High School or the donor’s choice of church or charity.

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