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Richard Stofer
July 28, 1929 - April 2, 2013

Richard "Dutch" Stofer, 83, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at Mercy Hospital.  Visitation with the family will be from 5-8PM on Friday April 5th at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Masonic Services at 7PM and American Legion Services at 7:30PM.  Memorial services will be at 10:30AM on Saturday April 6th at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein with Pastor Dean Schlitter officiating.

Richard “Dutch” Lowell Stofer was born on July 28, 1929 in Bagley, Iowa the son of Claude Ray and Mary E. (Miller) Stofer. He attended school and grew up in Cooper Iowa. Dutch enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in July 1946 and was Honorably Discharged in July 1949.

On October 29, 1949 Dutch was united in marriage to Mary E. Williams in Jefferson, Iowa. Dutch was a salesman and after his retirement he served as a magistrate in Fayette County for fifteen years. He was very active in his Masonic Lodge and church. He leaves behind many great relationships and memories with those who knew him.  He will be dearly missed.

Dutch is survived by his wife Mary; his daughter Susan (Bruce) Sperry; his son Dale (Pat) Stofer; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren; his sisters: Arliss (Kenneth) Buttler and Mary Hughes; and his sisters-in-law: Joan Stofer and Florence Siegenthaler.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Mary; his son Kirk Stofer; four brothers: Don, Ron, Harold and Kenneth Stofer; two sisters: Thelma Guess and Pat Dowd; and two brothers and a sister in infancy.




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Ken Stofer on May 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM said:

Just surfing the NET and spotted this sad announcment. My parents were Reg & Violet Stofer from London, England. My parents came to Canada in 1912 and i was born in Victoria,B.C.. My mother always told me that if there was another STOFER spelled the same way, then they had to be relatives. I am sorry for your loss,[and my intrusion], but my curiosity got the better of me. I am 93, I went to England in WW2 and served with the R.A.F. for 5 years, during the war, in England, South Africa, India and Burma.. Still in pretty good health and thankful for it. I just had to drop a line. Yours, Kenneth Harold Stofer
Graig Smith on April 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM said:

Sue, Bruce and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad/Husband/Grandpa's
passing. Know that we are praying for your family at this
most difficult time. It always helps me to know that someday "we all will be together again". With Deepest Sympathy, Graig & Sharon Smith Red Oak, Iowa
Wallace and Barbara Rundle on April 6, 2013 at 8:01 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Dutch's passing. Such a nice guy. Our paths crossed many times, Pine Lodge, Meyer Lincoln, around town, and we always had a good visit. Our prayers for you Mary and family. He will be missed. Wallace and Barbara Rundle
Joyce Strosahl Blass on April 6, 2013 at 4:43 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will all be in my prayers during this time of sorrow.
Jane Beckner Andresano on April 5, 2013 at 4:02 PM said:

My deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. Blessings and prayers for all.
Bill Ziegler on April 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to Mary, Sue/Bruce, Dale/Pat, Family and Friends,

When I was in High School, I was ticketed by Oelwein PD for Squeeling my tires. When I went in the military, and they did a background check all they saw was TS Tires and thought it meant "Tire Stealing"! I had to have Dick explain to the Coast Guard that I really was a good kid and it was for squeeling not stealing! It seem every promotion this came up. So, I guess I owe a successful military career to Dick, who else would ever had taken that time! Thank You Dick, you will be missed.
Sheryl Gosse on April 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM said:

Susie/Bruce, your mom, brother & all family: Sorry for the passing of your dad & husband. He is now at peace & in heaven with Kirk. Treasure the memories & be close w/your mom, your brother & all other family. Remember God takes only the best as your dad is another angel in heaven.
Nona Hutchinson on April 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM said:

Thinking of the family as you draw together in mourning this loss and celebrating this life.
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on April 3, 2013 at 10:55 PM said:

Thinking of you Mary. My sympathies to you and your family.
Deb Kunkle on April 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM said:

Dear Mary and family,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dutch's passing. Any time we visited in passed years, he always had an anecdote from his magistrate years or some sound advice in a way that only he could deliver. I will treasure those times. My sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of loss.

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