Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Charles Bettin will officiate, with inurnment to follow in Grant Township Cemetery in rural Pocahontas. Military graveside honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post No. 590 and American Legion Post No. 195. Condolences may be sent online to www.christensenhuffman.com
Born Jan. 22, 1926, in Bristol, S.D., Kenneth Edwin Stoelting was the son of Edwin August and Rose Marie (Anderson) Stoelting. Ken was a member of the Sac High School class of 1945. He served in the United States Army in the European Theatre during World War II and was wounded in action in Aachen, Germany. He was honorably discharged from the service in October, 1945, and then took a job with Chief Clothing in Sac City, where he worked for over 50 years.
On March 28, 1948, he married Jean Elaine Hunter at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City. The couple was blessed with four children, Elaine, Wayne, Jayne, and Blaine. Ken and Jean shared 61 happy years of marriage. Jean passed away on Dec. 17, 2009.
Ken was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed hunting in his younger days. He also liked to swim and dive. He was a good cook, both outdoors on the grill and in the house, eagerly trying new recipes. He was a great baker, famous for his homemade rolls and breads, and he made countless batches of homemade candy at the holidays. He also enjoyed baking pies and cookies to share with friends and neighbors. He loved time with his family and was "Uncle Ken" to many. He enjoyed nothing more than having a really good meal out at a restaurant with friends or family or a combination of both.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and wife Jean. He is survived by his four children, Elaine (Gary) Wienhold of Claremore, Okla., Wayne (Lana) Stoelting of West Fargo, N.D., Jayne Stoelting Hunter of Caceres, Spain, and Blaine Stoelting of Sac City; a granddaughter, Sara; four sisters, Betty Stoelting of Carroll, Carol Nicholson of Ashland, Kan., Marlene (John) Hemmer of Mission, TX, and Phyllis (Lyle) Skinner of Lake City; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sac City, honoring his many decades of membership there.