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Julius Theunis

January 5, 1936 - August 7, 2017

Julius Marias Johannes Theunis was born on January 5, 1936, to Henricus Julius Maria Theunis and Joanna (De Croock) Gulley (known as “Jenny”) in Antwerp, Belgium.

He was the nephew of Leo Kiebooms, renowned accordionist and founder of legendary jazz club of the 50’s, Cafe Kiebooms of the De Connickplein in Antwerp, Belgium.

Joe was encamped in one of Europe’s safe havens for children during WWII and came to America when he was 13 with his mother and American stepfather, Bill Bailey.

During the 1950’s, Joe became an American citizen through service in the United States Army and later received an honorable discharge with a medal for “best vehicle driver”. He worked for many years as a property researcher for Realty Tax and Service Division of Title Insurance and Trust Co., Los Angeles, CA.

From 1979 thru the early 2000’s, Joe lived predominantly in Las Vegas, NV, and then moved to Utah to be closer to family.

He enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing, bicycling, playing the accordion, oil painting, socializing and long friendships. He also enjoyed watching boxing matches on TV, playing pool and poker.

He is preceded in death by his mother. Joe is survived by his beloved daughter, Lisa Housel; his grandson, Dillon Housel of Farr West, Utah, his sister, Corina Scroggie; and numerous nieces and nephews of Wenatchee, WA.

Arrangements entrusted to Leavitt’s Mortuary.


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Born: January 5, 1936
Died: August 7, 2017

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Ronald Karpinski posted on 8/20/17

Joe was my brother-in-law, and during the time we had together he treated me unfailingly with great kindness and generosity. I never heard him raise his voice or utter a harsh word to anyone. We fished together a few times, played golf now and then and often rode our bicycles through the countryside. He loved his "Willy Mosconi" pool table, and we enjoyed many spirited matches on its perfectly smooth surface -- he ever the teacher, me always the younger student of the game. Life eventually took us in different directions, but I thought of him many, many times over the years, from across the Atlantic, and hoped that life was treating him well. Sending deepest condolences to his only daughter, my niece Lisa.