David Lynn Theiss

In the Most Loving Memory

David Lynn Theiss, 70, of Bryan, TX passed away peacefully on December 21, 2018, in Brazos Valley, TX.  He has now reached his final destination where he is surrounded by the angels in heaven and those that have passed before him.  Living in the light no more miles in sight, his dreams and fantasies are the reality that has made his destination worth the while where he will still experience something good in everything he sees.

David Lynn Theiss was born in Waco, TX to Harry and Dorothy Theiss on February 1, 1948.  He went to school at Wharton, TX. He served in the Air Force with a primary specialty as an Information Management Craftsman for 25 years, with more than 20 of those years overseas in Germany; Rhein-Main AB, Ramstein AB, Sembach AB, and Bonn American Embassy. During his service, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, AF Good Conduct Medal, AF Overseas Tour Ribbon, AF Long Tour Ribbon, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, AF Training Ribbon and served in support of Operations DESERT/SHIELD/STORM.  After his retirement from the Air Force, he built a career with Lowe’s in Bryan, TX for 22 years.

David joined the service in 1969 and that same year landed his first duty station in Germany.  It was his dream to live abroad and the country closest in his heart is where he made his mark.   He married into a German family and learned to speak the language fluently. He was loved by all, and it was only a short time until he became a local, no matter where he laid his hat. He was truly adored and respected by those who met him and knew of him. Friends he met along the way presented him opportunities to travel to Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Germany was not just a country to David, it was home until he moved back to Texas in 1994.  He always carried his proud Texan heritage, no matter where he traveled. Be it apparel, a blanket, a mug or even a keychain, he was sure to be seen with something Texas, especially Texas A&M and the Dallas Cowboys.

He enjoyed writing music, strumming his guitar while sharing his beautiful voice to an audience in several talent contents.  His desire for the game of chess became evident to his opponents when he revealed his capacity for strategy and tactic, which was an advantage with his deep-thinking ability.

One constant in David’s life began after the birth of his Daughter, Caroline, who was the light of his life. Even though David and Caroline endured many years living miles from each other, they always remained very close.  Together they wandered on many road trips, relished in sharing their differences in music, and with great delight, oh those movies! Most of all, it was their compassion for each other, their similarity in personality that created the most comfortable moments, where father and daughter needed no words to know how deeply connected they were and will forever be.

David is preceded in death by his father Harry Theiss, mother Dorothy Theiss, sister Carolyn Flagg and nephew Carey Travis.  David is survived by his daughters Caroline Theiss and Iris Armbruester-Theiss, his daughters’ Mother, Ursula Theiss, with whom David remained close friends, sister Gayle Travis and husband Tony; niece Cara Mahaffey and husband Chris; brother-in-law Dan Flagg; niece Jennifer Dees and husband Christopher and nephew Steven Flagg.

Caroline personally is especially grateful for her Aunt Gayle; the love, time and dedication caring for her father during the most difficult fight of his life.  The family of David wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Brazos Valley Hospices’ devoted and dedicated nurses, especially Misty, Jan and Christe.


  1. I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Lowes for 20 years. He was a genuine soul with a kind heart. He was my buddy and friend.. Love…Dip

    • Dip, thank you for sharing your thoughts about my Dad! I couldn’t agree with you more! I am so glad you were able to share so much time with him. He really enjoyed working at Lowes!

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Dave a lot. I was the paint department manager at Lowe’s and he had an nickname for me..Queen B. It was a nickname I cherished. I knew it had two meanings but coming from Dave, I thought it was awesome.

    • Cynthia, thank you! Dad was certainly someone who got along with anyone! So easy going and fun to be around. I can hear Dad’s sincere humor when calling you Queen B. I’m glad you have that to cherish him by and I’m sure will always stay with you. He had that effect on people.

    • Sandy, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. One of the things Dad enjoyed most about Lowe’s were the people he worked with. We were always sure to make a stop at the store when I came for a visit!

    • George, thank you for your sentiment for the family. We miss him dearly, as I’m sure you do too.

  3. Dave will be missed greatly. He was a great man with a huge heart. I enjoyed every time I had the privilege of working with him. I never remember him having a bad day and he always had a great fascinating story! We will miss you Dave. My heart goes out to the family. I’m glad we crossed paths in this life. Love you brother, Mike

  4. Mike, Vielen Dank for sharing such wonderful memories about Dad. The way you describe him is my “Pops” all the way. It’s beautiful to read how others were able to know him like his family did.

  5. I so admire a man I never had the pleasure of meeting! Cara, my heart goes out to you and your family and I know that while you cherish the moments you had, you can now celebrate and honor your connection. Nothing in life can compare to the relationship between a Father and his daughter and I do know that his energy will surround you forever! Peace and Love to you and I am so grateful that you are my friend! <3 ~kari

    • Awe, Kari, your words mean so much coming from such a blessed heart, beautiful soul and wonderful person! I too am so grateful for our friendship. Much <3 Cara

  6. It was a honor and privilege knowing and helping David out, in the short time we knew him you could tell he was kind hearted and thought a lot of his family. An amazing person that touched so many lives and true blessing that he touched our lives as well.

    • Becky, thank you for sharing about Dad and for helping him. I am sure he would say too what a blessing yoi were to him and the pleasure of working with you. He is very missed and will be by many people. Caroline

  7. Dave und mich verbindet eine tiefe , ehrliche Freundschaft ! Ich werde ihn nie vergessen ! Unsere Zeit im American Embassy Club in Bonn war legendär, unsere gemeinsame Fahrt nach Laredo, nach Luckenbach und viele gemeinsame Erlebnisse bleiben unvergessen. Er war stolz auf sein geliebtes Texas und trug sein Herz am richtigen Fleck !
    Ich habe einen sog. besten Freund verloren, einen Texaner.
    R.I.P mein Freund – Bonn, Frank, Folkert – wir alle werden dich nie vergessen! Deine Viceroy habe ich noch zu Hause.
    “Amarillo by morning”
    Dein Jan
    Dr. med. Jan Volek

  8. Dear Cara. We enjoyed so many beautiful times together. It is now nearly 4 yr`s. Since he passed away. My sincere condolosence Lenie van der Metwe now Lenie Durandt. Pls give my love to your mom. My phone # is

    • Lenie, I am so sorry I am just seeing your message now. I come back to this every year around this time and when I can handle it. This time of year is especially sensitive because 1) he passed and 2) Dad and I would share a virtual Christmas and he was always so excited about it. I talk about you often when it comes to Dad, because you were such a wonderful part of it. Hopefully, we can touch base soon again. My email is animalvr@gmail.com. Much love, Caroline.

  9. Somehow Dave and I lost touch after he moved back to Texas, we met at the American Embassy Club in Bonn, Germany in the mid 80’s
    I just found a Xmas Card from him and looked up his Name to find out that he passed away. I always enjoyed talking to him over the years.
    You are not forgotten my friend RIP
    Egon R Ott

    • Egon, thank you so much for leaving a message for my Dad. He was really great about sending Xmas cards. I lived with Dad while we were in Bonn so I might have met you at some point but it was so long ago. He was such an awesome person; my favorite person ever and still is. I miss him every day!
      Danke for never forgetting him. He was exceptional, especially in my heart and soul.
      Heartfelt Memories,


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