Lester Stallbaumer 1937-2020
Lester Stallbaumer, 82, of Holton, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Pines South Nursing Facility near Holton.
He was born Oct. 17, 1937, on the farm, north of Corning, the son of Suitbert and Elizabeth Hutfles Stallbaumer. He attended Corning Schools and helped out on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army in California for six months and in Germany for 18 months.
Lester worked in construction as a crane operator and bridge builder for Welliever Construction of Holton for 45 years. He retired in 2002.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton.
Lester married Dolores A. Rogers on May 9, 1958, at the Catholic Church in Alma. They had 50 years together. She passed on Aug. 13, 2009.
Lester was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joseph Stallbaumer, who died Aug. 9, 1961; a great-grandson, Braxton Kirk; five brothers, Benedict, Daniel, Terry, James and Mike Stallbaumer; and three sisters, Lucille Eisenbarth, Barbara “Bobby” Osterhaus, and Margaret “Peggy” Osterhaus.
Survivors include three sons, David Stallbaumer (Lori), Holton, Ken Stallbaumer (Joyce), Wetmore, and Chuck Stallbaumer (Tina), Holton; two daughters, Theresa Kirk (Ron), Holton, and Sharon Stallbaumer, Holton; two brothers, Ervan Stallbaumer, Tulsa, Okla., and John Stallbaumer, Hoyt; two sisters, Mary Ann Grollmes, Netawaka, and Janice Jenkins, Paola; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one on the way.
A private mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, May 23 at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery at Corning. Lester will lie in state after noon Thursday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Cemetery at Corning, The Pines South or Holton Community Hospital Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com