Roy E. Stauter

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Roy E. Stauter, age 87, of Fonda, died Jan. 11, 2012 at the Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 16, at the United Church of Christ in Fonda. Burial was in the Cedar Cemetery in Fonda. The Mahaney Funeral Home in Fonda was in charge of the arrangements.

Roy Edward Stauter was born March 6, 1924 in Fonda, to Lou and Florence (Diehl) Stauter. He was educated in the country schools of Calhoun County.

He owned and operated Stauter Motors, a Chrysler Plymouth car dealership; worked for WR Grace and Company out of Atlantic, and operated the Cora Feed and Fertilizer Plant.

Although Roy began farming at a young age with his father and twin brothers, he never retired because farming was always his life. He continued to take care of farm business until his death.

On Nov. 27, 1946 he married Jean Ann Mercer. They celebrated 65 years of marriage in November of 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Lou Stauter; sister, Margaret Stauter; twin brothers: Merle and Earl Stauter; and his son, Dr. Robert L. Stauter.

Those left to cherish his life and memories are his wife, Jean who resides in the Good Samaritan Center in Newell; his children: Kathy (Ross) Nixon of Ankeny; Jane (Brian) Smith of Omaha, Neb.; Tom (Kelly) Stauter of Gainesville, Ga.; and Carol Stauter of Pompano Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren: Louisa Smith (Dave) Lechner of Omaha, Neb.; Krista Smith of Omaha, Neb.; Brian Smith Jr. of Omaha, Neb.; Kam Nixon (Gavin) Schramm of Ankeny; Anne Nixon (Jessman) Smith of Pleasant Hill; Grant Nixon of Ankeny; four great-granddaughters: Sophie Ann and Gracie Amelia of Omaha, Neb.; Gillian Mae of Ankeny; and Josephine Ann of Pleasant Hill; sisters-in-law, Irene Stauter and Joyce Mercer; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and countless friends both in Iowa and Florida.

Thank you all for any part you shared in his great life and he knew he had a great one.