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Amidst all the chaos that feels as if it is mounting against us this year, we are heartbroken to share with you the news that on June 14, 2020 our beloved John Thisell was admitted to the ICU after experiencing difficulty breathing among other symptoms. In the following days John was diagnosed with double pneumonia and confirmed positive for COVID-19. In the past two weeks he has been fighting for his life and currently remains in the ICU in critical condition.

Due to the agressive nature of the disease and John's weakened health condition due to a pre-existing rare blood disorder, he has remained in the critically serious category since his admission. John is currently intubated and on a ventilator in the hopes that he is able to rest, regain strength, and begin to once again breath on his own.

Everyone who knows him eventually loves him. His soul is gentle, kind, and loving. He has always stuck up for the underdog and for those who were being bullied. He loves his family with all he has and is the hardest worker we know. John has great faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and we truly believe and know that God is using even this painful time to spread light to others through John. The doctors and nurses have commented to us that they have not met a nicer person in so long and they all fight over who will attend to him during their shifts. We stand firm in our faith that whatever the outcome of the next few weeks or months is, John's salvation and eternal life are secured by his trust and faith in Jesus Christ.

At this time there are several concerns that we are praying for relief from. We are praying that John would be able to breath on his own at a lower oxygen level and the ventilator would be able to be removed before it causes any damage. We are praying that John will be able to avoid having a tracheostomy to replace the ventilator in the event he needs breathing assistance longer. We are praying that the fluid from his lungs recedes and that he does not have any remaining infection. We are praying that his blood platelet count remains stable and that his blood condition (ITP) remains non threatening through his recovery.

John has worked hard all of his life and most recently been employed as a sales representative for a tire company. At this time he has been placed on a leave of absence by the corporation and will not be receiving a paycheck. We are concerned at this time that this loss of income may have a long term detrimental effect as the medical bills begin to come in the mail and our minimal savings is chipped away. Please know that our deepest need at this time is prayer. However, it is with humility that we are also putting out a call to our friends, family, and community for financial support. It's incredibly hard to ask for help especially in these trying times, but we humbly admit our need.

We will be updating as often as we can with any health progress John makes. We are so grateful to you for your love and support during this time.

Best,
Diane, Sam, Robert, and Heather
 

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Anonymous

2020-06-30 19:40:26

So sorry to hear of the trouble that John is in. Pray all is well and healing energy is being sent to you and the family.

Anonymous

2020-06-30 19:58:46

Love you, Sam! Praying for your family.

Anonymous

2020-06-30 21:10:48

I’m so sorry to hear this. Will definitely say a prayer for him and your family.

Janet Shuping Jarrell

2020-06-30 21:17:28

Prayers for John and Family.

Susan Thisell

2020-06-30 21:24:25

God, I pray for my brother John's healing and recovery, and for Diane, Sam, Robert, and Heather as we watch and wait. Bring your perfect healing and your incomprehensible peace to all of us who love him. In your Holy Name, I pray.

Elizabeth

2020-06-30 21:39:34

Holding y'all in prayer!

Ronnie and Lisa

2020-06-30 22:02:55

Praying for John

Denise Wachter Jones

2020-06-30 22:18:16

Prayers being offered for your full recovery and for your family. God watch over your healthcare team Denise Jones friend of Sysan and Jan

Kathleen wendelken

2020-06-30 22:29:17

Prayers for healing and strength.

Dawn Langton

2020-06-30 22:33:10

Sending healing thoughts!

Sarah Gilmour

2020-06-30 22:36:53

My prayers are going out to John for a timely recovery.

Tim & Cheryl Webb

2020-06-30 23:02:42

Prayers for John and his family!

Anonymous

2020-06-30 23:14:23

Friends of Jan & Bobs praying for a safe and speedy recovery

Anonymous

2020-06-30 23:26:13

Best wishes to John for a speedy recovery.

Mark & Sarah Schiemann

2020-06-30 23:26:56

Our Cousin John and all his loving family are in our prayers.

Daniel and Bethany Pelts

2020-06-30 23:53:19

We are praying for you!

Emily Haveman

2020-07-01 00:03:35

Praying for you all!

Anonymous

2020-07-01 00:17:44

We love you John and pray God's healing hands embrace you.

Laura

2020-07-01 00:49:08

Speedy recovery Uncle John! Much strength and love to you Diane, Sam, and Robert.

The Bryan Bancroft Family

2020-07-01 00:51:03

Love you guys! Prayers for you all!

Lindsay

2020-07-01 01:31:16

We love you and are praying for your full recovery.

The Wissler Family

2020-07-01 03:04:54

Prayers to especially John as well as the rest of the family during this trying time. We wish John stays in good health and has a speedy recovery that allows him to continue living life to the fullest and spreading the light of Christ to others. All the best, Sean & family

Wayne

2020-07-01 03:12:29

Love you Uncle John

John

2020-07-01 04:14:15

Hoping for a full recovery! Love you, Uncle John.

Lena

2020-07-01 10:39:40

I love you, Sam!! Praying for Mr. John.

Heather Rash

2020-07-01 12:02:55

Praying hard for you John and Diane. We love you and know that "God has this!" Love, Heather

Anonymous

2020-07-01 12:48:23

Prayers for John and his Family

Anonymous

2020-07-01 14:07:21

Go with God, for he always goes with you.

Bob & Jan Gilmour

2020-07-01 14:29:51

Prayers and love continue to flow around John, all his medical caregiving team and Diane, Sam, Robert & Heather.

April

2020-07-01 17:25:19

My prayers are going up!

Deb

2020-07-02 01:19:13

Jehovah Rapha, please heal John. Thank you and may honor a glory shine on you for this good work. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Anonymous

2020-07-02 01:44:08

Our thoughts and prayers are to you. May God give you all strength and healing.

Dave & Beverly Sandquist

2020-07-03 02:52:20

We will be praying for John’s complete recovery.

Jimmy b

2020-07-03 14:16:07

Sending prayers

Robert and Heather

2020-07-03 23:38:53

We are praying daily for John's health and recovery. No matter the outcome God is good.

Tina Bernstine

2020-07-04 14:10:13

Praying for a full recovery and sending prayers of strength to his loving family! Keeping all of you in my thoughts & prayers!

Lynn Tyson

2020-07-04 15:17:54

Thoughts and prayers for healing. Love, Lynn

Mary Sipala

2020-07-04 22:48:02

Wishing John a full recovery.

Rhenda Pence

2020-07-05 03:25:54

I'll keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted!

Missy Luce

2020-07-06 21:24:09

We are praying for and thinking of y’all!

Steve and Judy Davis

2020-07-07 00:29:46

We are praying for you all. We are sorry sorry for your family's loss.

Gennel zimmerman

2020-07-07 14:17:59

With our deepest condolences.

Shelley R Schurer

2020-07-07 14:26:17

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Shaun and Michael Lee

2020-07-07 14:59:28

Diane, Michael and I would like to express our sincere sympathies and deepest condolences loss of your husband John. We know that he is in the eternal embrace of Jesus now and is no longer suffering. Please know that you and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. If there's anything at all we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask. Sending you much love, hugs and prayers.

Lee University Accounting Services

2020-07-07 16:23:43

Diane, Prayers for you and your family during this time. May you lean upon God for strength, peace, and comfort.

Shelly Fears-Nauton

2020-07-07 17:18:13

Thoughts and prayers. Peace & strength.

Amy Saunders

2020-07-07 22:42:17

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous

2020-07-08 00:46:34

John was the kindest man I ever met and he will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg Rumsey

2020-07-08 02:10:46

We are grieving with you and praying for your family.

Suzanne Thompson

2020-07-08 02:44:30

Prayers for peace and comfort.

Abby Boltniew

2020-07-09 16:00:16

Diane, I am so sorry to hear about John. Praying peace and joy for you in this difficult season. Love and miss you so much! Abby

ACT Business Machines

2020-07-09 18:57:12

Sam - from your former co-workers and life long friends @ ACT. We love you. Gail Bell, Alex Pringle, Bryan & Tammy McKenzie.

K.Ray

2020-07-12 00:14:26

So sorry for your loss, prayers for your family.

Brian & Shanon Cimbura

2020-07-12 00:47:22

Diane, Sam, Robert, and Heather, We are so sorry for your loss! We wish we were there to hug you and help in any way possible! Much love and thoughts of peace and comfort. Brian and Shanon

Anonymous

2020-07-23 20:44:39

John was kind, selfless, and giving. John taught me how to function in society at a time when I didn't know how. You have our family's deepest condolences and we are truly sorry for your loss.

Ellen Corriher Benfield and family

2020-07-28 23:59:10

I’m so sorry for John’s passing. I didn’t get to see him very often but I will miss knowing he is in the world spreading joy. He was such a kind and gentle person. We are praying for your peace and comfort. Much love to you all.

Tom and Amy Doolittle

2020-07-31 14:02:05

Diane, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings and peace through Christ, Tom and Amy Doolittle

John Thisell
July 7, 2020, 3:18 am
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Our beloved
John Thisell
went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 5.
John’s devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him to the end and ultimately gave him peace.
Today he is celebrating his birthday in heaven, surrounded by his dad Wayne, his Grandpa Shuping, his step dad Bob, his beloved Grandma Shuping and many, many others.

John is survived by his wife Diane, children Samantha and Robert (Heather), his mother Mary Picking, sisters Jan Gilmour (Bob), Susan Thisell (Steve) as well as his nieces and nephews Laura, Lindsay, John, Nick, and Wayne.

John was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, and hike. He loved dogs, but especially his Labrador retrievers Jaimee, Raz, and Remington. He was passionate about University of Delaware Wing T football and checked in daily on the progress of the new football stadium. We could always count on John to fire up the grill and smoke a pork butt or leg of lamb for family celebrations. John’s job in sales afforded him the opportunity to interact with many different people and share his love of Jesus with them. John had a heart for those who were trying to overcome trials in their lives. As a Gideon he was able to reach many people by sharing pocket testaments. He also spent several years ministering to prisoners at the Howard R. Young correctional facility in Wilmington, Delaware.

Isaiah 55 tells us of a free offer of mercy to all. This is one of the most worn pages in John’s Bible. He firmly believed in the gift of salvation that Jesus offers to all of us.
Verses 3 through 8 are heavily highlighted, underlined and notated in John’s Bible.

3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
 

July 3, 2020 Update
July 3, 2020, 11:55 pm
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Good evening dear friends. We first want to express how incredibly overwhelmed by and grateful for your outpouring of support for John and our family we are during this difficult time. You truly do not realize how much you are giving us the strength to carry on. We feel your prayers and love. We are humbled by your donations which will help to relieve a bit of the financial burden that we don't even fully know the extent of yet. You are a blessing to us. You are a blessing to John. Thank you.

One of the most difficult things about this has been the fact that due to the pandemic and the hospital's safety restrictions we have not been able to visit or see John. We believe that human connection is a form of medicine and we hate that we cannot squeeze his hand and tell him we love him in person. Since John is in an isolation room we know that this lack of human touch and connection is not good for healing and we just pray that John feels our love through our prayers and through the daily contact with his medical staff. Today marks day 20 of John's hospitalization and finally Diane was able to, with the advocacy and permission of John's doctor, visit the ICU and see John through the glass window of his room. John is heavily sedated but in a semi state of conciousness and was able to acknowledge that Diane was present outside his room and attempted to lift his hand to wave to her. She was able to sit outside his room for about an hour and observe him. She said that if he could see himself in the mirror he would be so mad, because they trimmed his hair and beard and it's certainly not up to his stylish standards.

While at the hospital Diane was able to meet John's pulmonologist and some of his nurses. She has been speaking with them on the phone daily, but meeting them in person was helpful to put a face to a name and know that John is in good hands. We are grateful for his team working day and night to keep our loved one safe and alive. Diane was able to view his lung X-ray and speak with the doctor about the current state of his health and what the prognosis looks like going forward. At this time, John has unfortunately hit a bit of a plateau. His biomarkers are stable and his platelet count is holding strong, but his lungs are just not healthy. The goal is for John to be able to breathe on his own again without the need for a ventilator, but when the doctor has performed the typical checks and tests to see if we can move in that direction, it is clear that he will need breathing assistance for more time. We are still praying that his extended need for the ventilator does not lead to long term damage or a tracheostomy. At this time John has been on the ventilator for 14 days. The doctor is hopeful that John can make it through this plateau and begin improving again. Please pray for John to have strength to keep fighting.

Our prayer requests today are simply for strength. Strength for our family who wants their John home safe and sound. Strength for our John whom we know is being held and protected by our almighty God. Strength for the nurses and doctors who are working through this pandemic and remaining positive despite it all.

All our love,
John's Family



 

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Diane, Michael and I would like to express our sincere sympathies and deepest condolences loss of your husband John. We know that he is in the eternal embrace of Jesus now and is no longer suffering. Please know that you and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. If there's anything at all we can do for you please do not hesitate to ask. Sending you much love, hugs and prayers.

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