Orland E. Stahmann
Orland E. Stahmann,
wise-cracking father and grandfather, hard worker and all around handyman
passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 18th, 2019.
He was born September 15,
1944, to Ernst and Mildred Stahmann. He married Betty Lefeber May 15, 1965. He
celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with her one week prior to
her passing in 2015.
Orly attended a one-room
school house with grades 1 through 8. He shared many stories of being a young
man that worked hard and played hard. Some of his many jobs included bailing
hay for Kenny, earned $1.25 at the canning factory in Rosendale. He also worked
at a sewer construction company, gas station, at Eddie Voskel’s, and at a junk
He started at Hansen’s
Refrigeration (now known as Hansen Refrigeration Machinery) in 1966 on a
handshake. Between Fred Hansen and Betty he was whipped into shape, often
working several jobs to support his family. Worry not, Orly had time to enjoy
trap shooting, bowling, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. It’s rumored that Wednesday mornings were a
bit rough after bowling Tuesday night. He also enjoyed making horseradish and
going to auctions.
Throughout his life, Orland
enjoyed trap shooting at every gun club around, including Forest, Van Dyne,
Eden, East Shore, Wescott and Berlin. Following his 3rd retirement
from Hansen’s (working 49 years there), Orland could frequently be found
sitting in his garage on Division Street (where he lived for 49 years) with any
number of friends and neighbors. In cooler temperatures, Orly enjoyed driving
two hours for a 50 pound bag of potatoes or perhaps a block of cheese.
Orly is survived by two of
his children, Sandy Ritchie and Allen (Lisa) Stahmann, four grandchildren,
Cassandra (Eric) Vanevenhoven, Erin (Steven) Kyler, Josie Stahmann and Jack
Stahmann, and three great grandchildren, Logan and Liam Kyler and Harper
Vanevenhoven as well as sister-in-law Marian Stahmann.
He is preceded in death by
his parents, his wife Betty, his son, Greg Stahmann; two infant children, his
brothers: Marlow and Harold Stahmann; and his sister, Sylvia Nygard.
VISITATION: Friends may call
on Thursday, February 21, 2019, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral
Chapel, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac. A brief family service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please
donate to the Fond du Lac Humane Society, where he adopted his sassy sidekick
Willy in 2015.
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420