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Jack Stiffler

Jack Edward Stiffler, Jr. passed away Feb. 24, 2014, in Iola, at Iola Nursing Center, at the age of 80.

He was born Feb. 22, 1934, to Jack E. and Mary E. Stiffler, in Oakwood. In 1936 he moved with his parents to Pueblo, Colo., where he graduated from Centennial High School in 1952. He then attended Pueblo Junior College from 1952 to 1954 and attended Colorado A & M College at Fort Collins, Colo., where he majored in entomology and related biological sciences. In 1956 he attended Engineering Drafting School in Denver, Colo., where he received a degree in drafting engineering. In 1957 he was employed by the Triplex Piston MFG (now known as Perfect Circle Division of the Dana Corporation). He operated various cutting lathes and was promoted later as stock clerk for the Foundry and Smelter Division of the plant. In 1968 he was employed by the Crews-Beggs department store in Pueblo as a night watchman. He retired in 1970.

In 1980 Jack adopted a 10-year-old child, William (Bill) Stiffler. In 1982 they moved to Kincaid to make their home. Jack loved children and spent many years as a Boy Scout Master and Sunday school teacher. He was a very educated man and enjoyed reading books of history and documentaries as well as anything he could get his hands on. He also loved music and played the organ, piano, keyboard, and steel guitar. He was honored to play at the local church and with a local band from time to time.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary, brother Thomas, sister Mary Jane and grandparents, Dora and William Stiffler.

He is survived by son William (Bill), Paola; brothers David (Denise), Pekin, Ill., and Jack (Pat) Hilbert, Parker, Colo., two nephews and a step-niece.

Cremation has taken place. A service of remembrance will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, at the Lone Elm Cemetery. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, is in charge of arrangements. Go to www.iolafuneral.com to leave a condolence or sign the guestbook.

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