Longer Writings, Poetry and Acronyms…
Happy 70th Birthday in Heaven, Dad!
by Angela Jane (Thye) Sansone (1/24/15)
A multiple of “5” as you used to smile and say
We miss you more and more each day
From Indonesia, to Preston, to Roland
You worked hard to provide for our family
You found joy in the simple things
And bravely learned new things and developed new skills as your jobs changed
You delighted in your girls and encouraged and prayed for us as we embarked on new adventures
You valued people and enjoyed seeing others succeed
You enjoyed traveling and seeing God’s creation
You enjoyed taking care of our home
And skillfully fixed small and big things
You listened well to people
And others took note when you had something to say
You valued time with family and friends near or far
And you found ways and means to travel and visit many
Mom was your partner, best friend, and the love of your life
As you always said your life was fuller because of her part in your life
We remember your love of being together with family and friends
Your eagerness to learn new things
How you enjoyed Mom’s great cooking
We remember how you loved to help us with even the small tasks
How you loved and prayed for and never forgot the people of Indonesia
How you enjoyed investigating new places and gadgets
We remember your cross pen and pencil set you always wore in your shirt pocket
How you did everything with precision and took pride in your work
How you were always thinking
And how your tools were always handy and ready to help others with a fix
And we remember your love for Jesus
How you trusted Him with your life
How excited you were about going to heaven
We rejoice in your new life by Jesus’ side free of pain, crying, and suffering (Rev. 21:3-4)
And we await the day when we will see you again
We love you, Dad!
Bub and I
by Keith Lindaman
Bub and I met in 1959 or ’60 at the Iowa North American Baptist Youth Camp at Clear Lake. He was one of the older guys who treated us younger guys like we were real people.
Then in 1964 he came to camp with a deeper devotion to Christ that I wanted. He had been getting help and training with the Navigators at ISU. I tagged along with him for the whole week as he went about his duties as the state youth president.
He was memorizing verses and spending time with God. I knew I needed to be doing those things so I got the Navigators Topical Memory System. Bub wrote to me and encouraged me.
He invited me to a wild national Navigator conference in Colorado Springs after Christmas 1965. I was one of only two high school guys at the conference, but Bub just included me like I was one of the ISU gang.
As I grew in my love for God in the next 4 years, he wrote to me regularly and encouraged me. Bub did more for me in those early years of spiritual growth than I can measure. The ministries I been able to have both here and in Singapore were build on that foundation.
We will have a wonderful reunion someday!
God, Give Us More Men Like Bo
by Jim Truax
When I think of Bo Thye,
I think of a real man.
A man who served his country,
a man who served his family,
a man who served his community,
and most importantly he served his Maker, Creator and Savior.
When I think of Bo,
I think of a man I could trust 100% whatever he said.
Bo lived his life in a way that maximized his potential
and the natural gifts that God gave to him.
To Bo, he served God by doing an excellent job
to the best of his ability in his work.
There is no difference between secular and religious work.
All is the same in God’s eyes
when we do what God asks us to do
and do it in a way that honors him.
So when I think of Bo,
I think of what a real man ought to be
⁃ faithful to God,
⁃ faithful to his work,
⁃ faithful to his family.
⁃ God, give us more men like Bo.
Bo Thye, Challenger and Motivator
by Randy Grabau
Hebrews 12:1, 2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (RSV)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Bo Thye joined the “great cloud of witnesses” that is mentioned in Hebrews 12:1. Those witnesses are, according to Hebrews 11, all the men and women of faith who have already finished the “race” of life. As Bo finished his race, he became part of that “great cloud” or great crowd who are still witnessing to us of how to run our race. Bo’s life is to be a challenge and motivation for how we are to continue to run our race in three areas according to Hebrews 12:1, 2.
First, Bo’s life should challenge us to “throw off everything that hinders”. That is everything that slows us down or keeps us from running well. Bo consistently gave us that type of example. Bo’s priority was always to “fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all his heart” (I Samuel 12:24). Anything that kept him from doing that was thrown off, especially any sin to trip up or entangle him. Bo knew that he was in a spiritual battle and that satan was out to devour. The witness Bo left us was one of effectively using the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. He stood firm against satan’s schemes.
Secondly, Hebrews 12:1, 2 tells us that Bo’s life, and those of the other witnesses, should motivate us to run our race with perseverance. Bo knew that the race is not a sprint. It is a long distance run. He practiced discipline, self-control, and faithfulness. Bo finished strong.
Thirdly, the witnesses that surround us, including Bo, should inspire us to keep our “eyes fixed on Jesus”. We can only run our race well when our focus is on the prize, Jesus. Focusing on anything else slows us down or keeps us from running with perseverance. Bo gave us an excellent example of living a life with Jesus as his focus. His eyes were firmly fixed on Jesus. Bo’s eyes are still fixed on Jesus. Bo’s eyes will be eternally fixed on Jesus. Bo’s life should challenge us to run our race with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
When our race gets hard or we feel like giving up, let us also fix our ears on the crowd of witnesses that surround us. When we do that, we just might hear Bo cheering for us, “Don’t give up, daughter. Hang in there, friend. Finish strong, brothers and sisters”. May Bo’s life motivate us to finish strong as he did.
Thank you, Bo, thank you!
My Cousin, Bo
by Bo’s cousin, Linda Thye-Knouse.
So, I took a walk
Through my garden tonight
To talk to my Master and King
About my feelings
In losing Bo
And He said, “Go ahead, Sing!”
He’s with me now
No pain in sight
A smile from ear to ear
“Well done!” Bo hears
From the Lord Himself
And Bo is humbled and his eyes fill with tears.
“You brought me through,
You were my best friend
In every corner of my life.
You even gave me my most blessed “Joy”
As my treasure and devoted wife.
And Bo tells us all,
“The Lord Lives! Praise be to My Rock!”
“I’m seeing Him, face to face!”
“Come to Him! Look to Him!”
“And you will discover His grace.”
So, on my knees, I kneel today
In memory of my cousin Bo
To take his place Before my Lord
Praying God will bring them home.
What I Learned from Dad
by youngest daughter Elizabeth Thye Abathan
Faith is essential & keeps you going
Respect yourself & others
Helping others is rewarding & worthwhile
Family & friends time is precious
Do your best & let God do the rest
Be happy in what you are given & work to the best of your ability with what you got
Your worth is not by human standards, God loves you & wants what is best for you.
Focus on and hold onto that
Sharing your experiences & emotions helps yourself & others mutually
Be true to your words. Do what you say. Be an example not a tripping stone.
Work hard, love harder, enjoy rest, see the best in you, others & circumstance
You taught me through the years to think before I speak, to be empathetic, & to relax & enjoy the quiet & the peace that is found in faith, hope, charity & above all love.
I always felt loved & cared for, and appreciated your sharing of thoughts & ideas
Fond memories with the family trips we took together, eating out together, & just simple trips in the car together.
Watching you fix cars & do what you love (teaching Awanas, ICF)
You building the chicken coop & maintaining it.
Checking up on my car, faith hope ideas thoughts & job
Spending time with us with games, walks, bike rides
Listening to me share my hurts & sharing your own
Wire heart you made for Mom when you were on the airplane trip to/from Reading, PA
Electric board you built for the Awana presentation
Presentation at Awana with the chicken manure on the cookie
Watching you preach/share at ICF
Taking us to APC picnics/ family reunions
Being detailed & putting thought into your writings to us
Your care & appreciation for ball point pens/pencil set and the winter cap you had lost & I found one Christmas
Singing I Found a Friend to me at night before bed
You can do anything you put your mind to. Let God direct. Listen & be patient. He’ll make the trip easier.
Fortunate that we never felt less important for being girls. Example Little Women scene when the mom is combing the daughter’s hair & saying that she wants what is best for her girls & wants them to respect themselves & never let society take their worth and inner beauty reminds me of my own upbringing with you and Mom.
Everything you gave & taught made me to be a strong, independent women who doesn’t depend on people or things to give me peace, joy, worth.
People & things are a gift but only God/Love lasts & will bring me through the storm & is everlasting
Never let anything/anyone take your joy away.
Lasting example, what I appreciate now reminds me of remnants from the past that I learned and was shown
Quiet strong faithful soldier
Words not worthy no need to speak, choose carefully
Fraiser‘s Dad (one of my favorite shows when I was young and now), strong, dedicated, loyal, quiet, hard to say all you appreciate for all you have given. Always knew we loved each other even in silence because of time shared.
Dedicated prayer, missionary always
Like a tree always branch out always come back & hold strong to your roots. thank you for good ones.
The little red chariot
Be true to yourself & your faith if it is not praiseworthy, helps others or is not you is not worth the attention of others/ popularity, focus on what’s eternal, what’s worthwhile, what is steadfast
Hurts & pain happen, look to your maker for peace & rest
Move forward, love, forgive, overcome evil with good, keep the good, leave the bad, encourage others in what you do & say
It’s not always & usually isn’t popular to do what’s right but in the long run you’ll see it’s worth & last & returns- more than you can ask, imagine
Look to the hills where your helps comes from
God will make a way where there is no way
Taking care of family & Mom above your own interests
We are/were loved & taken care of, example of our heavenly father in action, rare to receive a challenge to live up to but regardless loved, forgiven & understood
Something to hold onto in the storm & protects, eases & saves
Love you Dad and appreciated our time together yesterday and had fun. thanks for the good time. *hug
It’s the Small Things
by Angela Jane (Thye) Sansone
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
This was one of my dad’s life verses that he lived out well.
It’s the Small Things
He live a life of generosity whether by his time, his finances, or his expertise, he was ready to aid others in their times of need.
He was a hardworking man, working long hours to provide for his family.
He did each task with precision and order. Whether the task was small or great, his craftsmanship showed in his fine workmanship.
He walked humbly and served joyfully.
And in life’s disappointments and discouragements he looked to God for his courage and strength.
As cancer began to invade his body, he trusted Jesus to sustain him, strengthen him, and take him home.
Whether it was an oil change, electrical fix, mowing the lawn, teaching a Bible Study or Sunday School class, putting up a wire fence, or signing his name, Bo Thye did it with precision and order because he lived his life to serve and honor his King.
Bo lived a life surrendered to his Savior Jesus.
And as he breathed his last breath, he walked into the arms of his Savior and Maker and Friend.
Today as he stands whole and healed in Jesus’ embrace, it is not because of the small or the big things he did, but rather simply because of the free gift of forgiveness he accepted of Jesus’ blood shed on the cross for his sins.
Bo Thye served and worked and loved and gave because Jesus was the Lord of his life and his fervent prayer and greatest desire was that those who knew him would come to know Jesus for the first time or grow closer to Jesus in deeper ways.
Bohlen Henry Thye was faithful in the small things. He has fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. And in Christ’s strength may we do the same. (2 Timothy 4:7)
My Favorite Memories of My Friend, Bo Thye
by Michael Lathen
- Going on walks and talking about God
- Working on cars together
- Delivering Meals on Wheels together
- Cleaning the cars together
- Sitting and reading The Bible together
- Sitting and reading “Our Daily Bread” together
- Reading Automobile Repair Manuals together
- Reading Automobile Owner’s Manuals together
- Setting up the “Easter Walk” together
- Going for rides together in the 1993 Nissan Quest
Father, Brother, Pastor, Leader
by Mike Sansone (7/30)
I’ve lost a friend. More than a friend. A father. A brother. A pastor. A leader. Bo Thye was all of these things to me.
The first time I met him was a 7 1/2 hour conversation. A three-mealer. I was asking him if I could marry his daughter, Angela. Thankfully, he said yes.
He and I were different in many ways, but alike in the important ones. He didn’t really understand everything about my business, but he was a big supporter in word and deed. He was a tinkerer and lifelong learner. His questions were motivating explorations of curiosity and imagination.
He was the father of my two best friends, my wife and her sister. He was my brother in Christ and an encouragement always. He was my pastor and teacher in his words and deeds. He was my leader with his exemplary lifestyle and active pursuit of clearing a path for others.
He was my friend. He’s been gone only a day. I miss his personal presence greatly. His lessons will always be with me.
I love you, Bo Thye. My Father, Brother, Pastor, and Leader.