Gilbert “Gil” Stachar, 84, of Arlington passed away on Friday January 24, 2014 as the result of a house fire at his home. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Thursday February 6, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 6PM on Thursday as well, with Rev. Connie Markle officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Gil’s family.
Gil was born on November 26, 1929 at Muscatine, Iowa. He was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Stachar. He attended school in Muscatine. Gil entered the United States Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Gil enjoyed spending time with his friends-drinking coffee and sharing stories. He also enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with everyone. When he wasn’t gardening or drinking coffee, he enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, being outdoors, feeding the squirrels at City Park, tinkering and fixing things, and spending time with his family and friends.
Gil is survived by his children: Michael (Mindy) Matthews of Oelwein, Walter Stachar of Rowan, Vicki Stachar (Junior Uhlenhop) of Kansas, and adopted son Dusty Staley of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Christian, Nico, Aunna and Artwen Staley; close family friends: Christian (Wendy) Opperman & family of Oelwein, Jason Strawn of Arlington, Randy Baker & family of Oelwein, the Scheckel family of Hazleton, the Hoover family of Oelwein, the Schmidt family of Westgate, Kim Matthews and family of Oelwein and Mike Ebert of Hazleton.
Gil was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Walter II, Cecil, Vern, Harold and Allen Stachar; his sisters: Violet Rickerheim, Evelyn Bouquot and Ethal Rickerheim; his companion Rose Scheckel and her father Leroy Scheckel.