William Stahlecker - 1970
Final rites for William R. Stahlecker, 62, were conducted at Immanuel
Lutheran Church north of Bethune on Monday, Feb. 9. Rev. Earl Martel
officiated at the 2 p.m. services. Son selections of "Abide With
Me" were sung by the congregation and "Going Down the
Valley" and "Beyond the Sunset" were sung by the men's
choir. Pianist was Mrs. Vernon Schlichenmayer.
Casket bearers were Norman Kramer, Max Kramer, Phillip Stolz, Everett
Adolf, Ervin Stahlecker and Orvel Aeschlimann. Burial was in the
William Reinhard Stahlecker, son of Gottieb Stahlecker and Minnie
Weiss, was born Feb. 17, 1907, north of Bethune. He was baptized and
confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Immanuel's Lutheran Church and
remained a member of this congregation all of his life. His church
aided his parents in giving him a Christian training.
He grew to manhood in the Bethune community where his parents
homesteaded. He was united in marriage to Amelia Kramer Oct. 17, 1929.
To this union was born four sons and four daughters.
Mr. Stahlecker was engaged in farming and lived in the Bethune
community until illness forced his retirement several years ago when
he moved to Burlington. Before moving to Burlington he was active in
church and community activities and brought up all of his children in
the Christian faith. Following several major surgeries he suffered
poor health and had been making his home the past 1 ½ years at the
Grace Manor Nursing Home in Burlington. /the past few weeks were spent
in Memorial Hospital in Burlington where his condition suddenly
worsened and he departed this life Feb. 6, 1970, at the age of 62
years, 11 months and 20 days. His wife preceded him in death in
He is survived by seven of his eight children; Clarine Fergus of Fort
Morgan, George and Willard of Bethune; Margie Rose of Goodland; Iva
Crist of Burlington; Ivan of Rangely; Jean of La Junta, and eight
grandchildren. One son, Elmer preceded him in death at the age of 11
Surviving brothers and sisters are: Clara Adolf of Burlington; Otto,
of Berthoud Emma Zimmerman, Bertha Stolz, George and John, all of
Loveland. His parents and a sister, Anna Stolz, preceded him in death.
Mourning his passing are also many other relatives and friends.