Share |

Willie Stolhand

Willie Adam Stolhand, 95, Towanda, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Lakepoint Nursing Center, El Dorado. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Towanda United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Interment will follow the funeral in Towanda Cemetery.
Willie was born on Jan. 7, 1918, in Maize County, Okla., the son of John Austin and Nancy Alifair (Seymour) Stolhand. He was drafted into the Army in 1942. He worked as a Santa Fe Freight agent in Iola, and then in 1951 moved to Towanda where he worked for Boeing and then took a job at Beech Aircraft. He started at Beech at 95 cents an hour. He worked as a tool crib attendant; expediter and tool scheduler. On Feb. 12, 1981, Willie retired after 30 years of working for Beech Aircraft.
He was a member of Towanda Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 406. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and working on his hobbies which included woodworking, leatherwork, bird watching, feeding his birds, fishing, camping, doing crossword puzzles and chewing tobacco.      
On April 15, 1949, Willie and Wilma Wells were united in marriage in Iola.
Survivors include his wife and nine children and their spouses, Lucille Thomas, El Dorado, Frank Schomaker and wife Janice, Humboldt, Mary Young and husband Darrel, Garnett, John Schomaker and wife Betty, El Dorado, Louise Campbell, Bella Vista, Ark., Brenda Dodson and husband Marvin, Towanda, Willey Stolhand and wife Kenetha, El Dorado, Judy Edwards, Ponca City, Okla., Carol Lauver and husband Bill, Ponca City, and two honorary sons and their spouses Gene Thomas and wife Joyce, Towanda, and Don Arnold and wife Vicki, Towanda. In addition they have 34 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Willie’s family totaled around 180 counting all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and their spouses.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation and left with Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado, which is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences to the family can be sent to www.carlsoncolonial.com.

OBITUARIES

Larry Westerman

thumb

Larry F. Westerman, 73, Iola, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola. Larry was born July 27, 1943, in Iola, the middle child of seven born to Bernard and Anna (Link) Westerman. He grew up in Piqua, and graduated from Iola High School... [More]

Vincent Gehlen

thumb

Vincent Adam Gehlen, 89, Moran, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at his home.He was born Oct. 17,1927, in Colwich, to Aloysious “Ollie” and Mary (Bayer) Gehlen. He grew up in Colwich and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1947. He married Elizabeth Rose “Betty”... [More]

Jesse ‘JD’ Schaal

thumb

Jesse D. “JD” Schaal, 81, Chanute, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at Via Christi–St. Francis in Wichita.JD was born on Jan. 10, 1936, in Chanute, the son of Jess and Marie (Stitt) Schaal.JD graduated from Chanute High School in 1954. On Sept. 16, 1956,... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Retirement beckons for USPS employees

thumb

Dependability is a virtue of enormous proportions in any job, and for more than 30 years Iolans living south of Madison Avenue and east of Sycamore to Tennessee knew within minutes of when their mail would arrive each day. Patti Whitcomb, with a bag bulging with letters and... [More]

Allen baseball field project receives boost

thumb

Allen Community College board of trustees approved a $31,000 contribution April 18 to a $93,000 baseball field renovation project overseen by head baseball coach, Clint Stoy.  Renovations to the facility will include building a 40-by- 80-foot covered and turfed hitting... [More]

Volunteers receive from giving

thumb

Volunteering at the Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeast Kansas, Iola, is a two-way street.  Lacey Smith, LaHarpe, has volunteered there for more than two years. She sorts donations and completes general tasks as needed. The mother of three works for OPAA, and serves... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Distance runners lead Wildcats

thumb

NEODESHA - With sophomore Hadley Splechter, Yates Center’s track and field team has one of the most talented distance runners in the state, but it isn’t the presence of Splechter alone that makes the Wildcats unique. In addition to the headliner, the Wildcats feature... [More]

Iola athletes truly shine in Special Olympics

thumb

PITTSBURG — Every once in a while, it does a person — especially a sports fan — good to remember why they fell in love with sports in the first place. There isn’t a better place to reconnect with that true meaning of the game than at a Special Olympics... [More]

More Sports

Subscribe or Renew
Chronicles of Allen County