Farewell to Louis Tiemann

Plenty of us see trash on the ground or along our highways and shake our heads. Plenty of us take our retirement and head for the lake or to Florida.

That was never Louis Tiemann.

Last week our area lost a true friend and servant when Tiemann died at age 88. He started in the mail room and worked his way up to be president of Belleville National Bank, mentoring many young business leaders along the way.

He wasn’t content to sit in a rocking chair after his retirement. He founded Proud Partners as a way to clear the litter he saw along local roads. He was the steward of federal court proceeds that brought scholarships and public facilities to the East St. Louis area.

Tiemann was a man who built bridges and was respected by both political and business leaders for doing the right thing when he didn’t have to. His goals were often a stretch, but he attained them.

Tiemann was also someone who always made eye contact, shook your hand and remembered your name.

We will miss the first gentleman of civic pride.