James Stahl, age 87 of Algona, passed away Thursday May 23, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Mass of the Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona, with Rev. Ed Girres celebrating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post #2541 and the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post #90 of Algona.
James Joseph Stahl, the son of Paul and Marie (Heinen) Stahl, was born on May 26, 1931. Jim’s mother, Marie, passed away when he was a small child. His father then married Mildred Radil who raised him. Jim attended country school in the Lu Verne area. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion. Jim was honorably discharged on April 24, 1954. On Jan. 22, 1957, Jim was united in marriage with Leona Reding at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. They farmed in the Lu Verne and Livermore area, retiring in 1997. After retirement, Jim enjoyed helping his daughter and son-in-law farm near Lu Verne.
Jim was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church and had been a member of the Lu Verne American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, playing cards and cribbage, eating ice cream, working on SUDOKU and other puzzles and his Black Hat group. Jim enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren’s activities and spending time with his great-grandchildren
Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife of 61 years, Leona of Algona; children, Paula (Randy) Gorres of New Hampton, Diane (David) Marty of Lu Verne, Steve Stahl of Urbandale and Cathy (David) Kerr of Johnston; grandchildren, Eric (Paula) Gorres, Kyle (Hannah) Gorres, Jill (Chris) Moore, Jessica Marty, and Austin and Brett Kerr; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Bennett and Christian Gorres and Kennedy Moore; and a brother, Leo Stahl of Humboldt. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Jane DeMarre.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Lentz Funeral Home of Algona is serving the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.