Denzil Stacy

Friday, April 15, 2011

Denzil Stacy, age 68, of Sioux Rapids, died April 11, 2011 at his home in Sioux Rapids.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Visitation will take place Thursday, April 14, from 6-8: p.m. at the church where the family will be present the entire time. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund in his honor. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Denzil Wayne Stacy, son of Lorena and Austin Stacy, was born on a farm in Clark County, on July 17, 1942. He and his older brother Galen attended one of the last country schools through eighth grade in Liberty. Upon graduation from Osceola High School in 1960, Denzil attended Iowa State University where he obtained a bachelor's, master's, and a Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering. While at ISU, he met Karen Lietz, and they were married on July 11, 1965. Upon graduation he worked as a research scientist for Libby-Owens-Ford in Toledo, Ohio for five years. Children Kristine and Jennifer were born, and in 1976 they moved back to Iowa where he worked as a business industrial consultant for the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) for ISU for 25 years. He was assigned to the northwest corner of the state, and with Karen purchased a farm near Sioux Rapids along the Little Sioux River.

Denzil greatly enjoyed walking through the woods, observing all the wildlife, hunting, fishing, gardening with Karen, hobby farming, and visiting family and friends. Known for his woodworking skill, Denzil created dulcimers, songbird carvings, and furniture for the family. As a member of First Lutheran Church, Denzil served on the church council and sang in the choir. Denzil also enjoyed visiting the families of his daughter Kris (married to Brian Bates) in Ames and daughter Jenni (married to David Adams) in Iowa City. His grandsons Peter, Calvin, and Noah Adams and Logan Stacy-Bates were special delights to him.

Denzil often shared cartoons or paper origami animals he had created with family, friends, and new acquaintances. The family enjoyed selling pick-your-own strawberries and Indian corn and traveled each summer to the western mountains for camping vacations. Denzil was known for his gentle demeanor and friendly, caring personality.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Karen, daughters Kris and Jenni, sons-in-laws Brian and David, four grandsons, brother Galen and wife Becky, sisters-in-law Bev Nordman (John) and Connie Lietz, brothers-in-law Paul Lietz (Janet) and Dean Lietz (Beth), seventeen nieces and nephews, many grandnieces and grandnephews, and numerous friends.