Gregory George Thyfault 60, born January 13, 1961 in Plainville, KS, completed this physical life March 2nd, 2021 at Stormont Vail hospital in Topeka, due to complications of a recent illness. He would want you to know that it was not Covid related in any way.
The son of Marilyn and Jim Thyfault, brother to Christel, Pam, Laurie, Daniel and Angela. Dad to Jacob, Dominic (Nikki), Michael, Patrick (Jennifer) and Betsy. Grandpa Greg to Jacob, Georgia, Lola, August and Piper. He had many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The most influential people in his life were his grandparents George and Irene Thyfault, who taught him the love of farming and dedication to family. Greg was raised in a farm family in the rural community of Damar, KS. He attended Damar and Palco Schools. He was dedicated to hard work and devoted to family farming traditions. In addition to the many talents of farming and farm mechanics, he was also trained to be a first responder in his community. He enjoyed, supported and competed in dirt track car racing.
When farming required diversification, Greg learned to drive an over the road semi. The love of the road and ability to continue to be self-employed made for a great way to earn a living after leaving the farm life. Greg's ability to make conversation with anyone helped him never know a stranger as he crisscrossed the highways of America. When schedules allowed, his children went with him and they will continue to tell the stories of their adventures of trucking with Dad.
Greg would pridefully tell everyone that he had five children and how individually unique each of them were in their own way. Yet, the grandchildren gave him true joy in his life. He wanted each of them to know how much he loved them and how special they are, the same way his Grandpa Thyfault did for him. The miles made no difference in supporting his kids and grandchildren. Traveling to Annapolis, Maryland or Roswell, New Mexico. Parent weekends, cheerleading competitions, gymnastics’ events, football games and grandchildren’s sports, birthday parties and baptisms as far away as Ripley New York. Each event was valuable enough to make the effort no matter how far. And he did. The small and large ways he expressed his love, by simply being there, will genuinely be missed by us all.
After a life altering accident in 2009, Greg lived the life of a paraplegic. This wasn't a deterrent to his preferred, no boundaries way of life. His wheel chair conversion van allowed him to go wherever he wanted. Driving himself to South Lake Tahoe to experience snow skiing with Betsy, the Sandhills of Nebraska to see Jacob and the grandchildren and rarely missing area dirt tracks supporting DTR racing, enjoying family Thanksgiving weekends at Grand Lake O' the Cherokees and visiting friends and family everywhere in between. Anyone who knows Greg also knows that it was never too far a drive for homemade chicken and noodles or a good piece of chocolate cake.
Greg was an advocate for independent living for disabled Kansans by being involved with LINK lnc.(Living Independently in Northwest Kansas) and SILCK (Statewide Independent Living Council for Kansans). Most recently he made his difference in the world by mentoring young adults as an employee of TRAIL (Teens Reaching Adulthood and Independent Living) Topeka, KS. Disabled Kansans and young adults whose lives he touched are many and they will remember his pure kindness, patience and dedication.
Greg participated in Rooks County 4H and FFA. He was a member of the Palco, KS class of '79, Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Topeka, KS and Knights of Columbus.
Greg didn't know a stranger and had many a detailed story to share with anyone who wanted to visit. He lived life the way he wanted, beating to his own drummer with no apology.
Kind and generous, grateful, positive and amazingly determined is how he chose to live his life. Greg was a genuine patriot. He loved his country and the freedom's she offered.
Memorial contributions can be made to LINK Inc. of Hays Kansas.
A Rosary will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Damar Kansas at 12:30pm, followed by Catholic Mass at 1pm in remembrance of Greg on Saturday, March 13th.
Posted online on March 06, 2021