Phillip C. Thyer Print E-mail

White Funeral Home
400 First Street West
Independence, Iowa 50644

Independence – Phillip C. Thyer, 67 years old, of rural Independence, Iowa, died on Monday, August 22, 2016, at the St. LouisUniversity Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was born on June 19, 1949, the son of Frank R. and Donna Mae (Schroeder) Thyer.  He graduated from West Central High School in Maynard, Iowa, with the Class of 1967.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  On January 21, he and the former Carol Lynn Fober were married in Waverly, Iowa.  Mr. Thyer was the owner and operator of the Silvan Learning Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He retired in 2015.

Mr. Thyer was an accomplished trap shooter.  He was a life member of the Iowa State Trap Shooting Association (ISTA) and the Amateur Trap Shooting Association (ATA).  He was president of ISTA for 7 years (1989-1995), Iowa’s ATA Delegate for 12 years (1996-2007), and he served on the Iowa Handicap and Classification Committee for 9 years (2008-2016).  He was inducted into the ISTA Contributory Hall of Fame.  During his career, he won 3 doubles titles (1992, 1998, and 1999), and 1 singles title (2007) at Iowa ATA Championships.  He was singles runner up in 1988 and 1994.

He also was a member of the Quasqueton Archery Club and a Wednesday Night Poker Club.  But his love of and delight in his grandchildren were some of the most important things in his life.

Mr. Thyer is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol, 1 son, Ryan (Jennifer) Thyer of Waterloo, Iowa, 1 daughter, Holly (Clay) Schulte of Walker, Iowa, and 5 grandchildren, Austin, Courtney, Noah, Gillian, and Gradyn.  He is also survived by his father and step mother, Frank and Frances Thyer of Fayette, Iowa, and 1 sister, Debbie (Rollyn) Schroeder of Oelwein, Iowa

He was preceded in death by his mother and step father, Donna and Richard Guenther.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016, at the White Funeral Home in Independence with Pastor Mark Morehouse officiating.  Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery in Independence.  Friends may call for visitation from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28th, at the funeral home.


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