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Obituary: Leslie A. “Les” Thatcher

February 12, 1943 – July 15, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Leslie A. "Les" ThatcherLeslie A. “Les” Thatcher, age 78, late of Dyer, IN formerly of Lansing, IL, went home to be with his Lord, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Beloved husband of Sharon K. Thatcher, nee Hook. Loving father of Christina Johannessen (Thatcher), and Todd (Jenny) Thatcher. Proud grandfather of T.J., Quinn, Charlotte Johannessen, Michael, Noah, and Tabitha Thatcher. Dear brother of Charles “Chic” (Lorraine) Thatcher III, and James Thatcher; brother-in-law of Robert (Nancy) Hook and Mark (Pam) Hook. Devoted uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Charles (late Doris) Thatcher II and Martha Thatcher, nee Janney.

Visitation Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 3 – 8 p.m. with a funeral service to be held at 6 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN, with Rev. Rich Bawinkel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Bethshan — 12927 S. Monitor Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463; American Cancer Society — 17060 Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60477; Lansing Christian School — 3660 Randolph Street, Lansing, IL 60438; and Illiana Christian High School — 10920 Calumet Avenue, Dyer, IN 46311, are greatly appreciated.

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