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Brian William Thesing

February 18, 2021 | 15 comments

Brian William Thesing, 40, of La Crosse passed away peacefully at his home on February 16, 2021.

He was born on November 21, 1980 to David Thesing and Barb Jones (Thesing) — their first born son.

Brian was a sensitive, quiet, good humored soul who was a technology wizard. He was his Mom’s go-to for any tech help. Brian was an enthusiastic reader and a sponge for a wide array of facts and trivia, and a wealth of knowledge. As a senior, he graduated with honors from La Crescent High School, and after one year at UW-La Crosse he worked a variety of jobs in customer service, sales, 15 years at APAC as a new employee trainer and food service with his last job being at the Charmont. This now forever young man will leave a huge void in our lives. May he be in a better and safer place.

He is survived by his mom, Barbara Jones (Rick) of New Albin, Iowa; his dad, David Thesing (Yoriko) of La Crescent, Minnesota; brother, Ben Thesing (Sarah) of Roland, AR; step-siblings, and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Don and Ruth Cauffman and his paternal grandparents, Bob and Helen Thesing.

The family would like to thank La Crosse County Medical Examiner, Tim Candahl.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to help support others whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse and their families to Coulee Recovery Center, 933 Ferry Street, La Crosse, WI. Donations can be made using the following link: http://www.couleecouncil.org/donate-now.htmlwww.couleecouncil.org

A Celebration of Brian’s life will be announced at a later date.




  1. Joseph Lyman

    Brian was A remarkably talented young man.

    He was arguably the brightest hacker I have ever encountered. He sometimes worked at jobs where the computer systems had firewalls to prevent employees from accessing the internet and he would invariably send me emails from them.

    He had a great love of theater, music, and computers. He once learned a programming language while sitting in a chair at Barnes & Noble and then went home, hacked a copy of the language, and started programming.

    I wish him well in his new journey.

  2. Becky Thesing Bigelow

    An old sensitive soul… love to all his family and friends ,

    Xoxoxo. Aunt Becky

    • Sara Robinson

      I have so many wonderful memories of Brian, particularly our “camping” adventures in high school. And his witty, dry sense of humor. He was a true friend to me, and I will miss him.

  3. Betsy

    Rest In Peace, Brian

  4. MaryJo Mickschl

    Brian was a quiet little first grader, smart as a whip, and had a cute little smile. Peace to all of you.
    Mary Jo Mickschl

    • Renee Bass

      I worked with Brian for years at APAC. Brian had a great smile. I knew that if I ever needed his help setting up my classroom computers all i had to do is ask. Fly High My Friend.

  5. Jocylyn Poehler

    Smart, funny and kind. I will always remember growing up with Brian, attending Crucifixion and riding the bus together. A gentle soul.

  6. Laura Kramer DeLaney

    So sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Thesing Family.

    • Greg Frie

      RIP Brian – I will never forget our elementary school days which is where we spent the most time together; including playing at your parents house or my parents house, you trying out your newly acquired karate moves (in those days), your super cool calculator watch (ahead of your time back then), and your super quick ability to rattle off math answers or general trivia answers to anyone – was almost unreal! All memories I will never forget.
      May you you have eternal peace!
      My sincere sympathies to the family – a very sad time

  7. Kalean Erickson

    I knew Brian in high school, he was one of a kind and was so nice. He always treated me kind even when his peers didn’t. May he rest easy and may god bring healing to his family. 🙏🙏

  8. Nikki

    I worked for many years with Brian at Apac in training dept. He was always very focused on getting the job done but always shared a laugh with all of us when we had free time. I will never forget his humor and all of his help with computer! So sorry for your families loss

  9. Terry &Karen Slaback

    Dave you have my deepest sympathy losing a child is the deepest pain person can endure anything anytime give me a call sincerely Terry Slaback

  10. Dan and Debbie Fuchsel

    so sorry to hear of your loss. losing a child is hard. prayers to all.

  11. Laurie Swan

    My condolences to all of his family. Brian was a good man, quiet, sincere, and very kind. Rest in Peace Brian.

  12. Nancy Rumpel

    Barb and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your oldest son. He will be so missed by you. I also
    send my sympathy to his Dad and other’s within his family.


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