James Ray Stoll, 47, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012


He was born April 28, 1964 in Princeton. He had lived in Owensville for the past 16 years, moving from Princeton


Jim was a member of Hillside United Methodist Church in Princeton and was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Princeton Lodge 115. He was a captain with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office where he had served as a deputy sheriff since 1995 and was currently a Task Force Agent for the DEA.


Jim is survived by his wife, Rachael Stoll of Owensville; two children, Victoria E. Stoll of Princeton and Tanner Hope of Owensville; his mother, Judy Stoll of Princeton; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Becky and Paul McDaniel of Princeton; a sister, Susan E. (Stoll) Gray (Bill) of Princeton; two brothers, John David Stoll Jr. (Jennifer) of Evansville and Joe Stoll (Cathy) of Brownsburg; aunt, Janet K. (Abbott) Womack (Willard) of Fayetteville, Georgia; nieces and nephews, Kara and Kristen Gray, Jessica and Andrew Stoll and Zach Stoll; sisters-in-law, Kelly Memmer, Emily Dawson (Elliott) and a special law enforcement mentorship with his sister-in-law, Amy Ellis (Mitch); brothers-in-law, Rick McDaniel (Shannon) and Andy McDaniel (Julia).


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kay and Jim Abbott and Luella and John Stoll; and his father, John David Stoll Sr.


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Hillside United Methodist Church, 828 W 100 N, in Princeton, with Rev. Brian Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Patoka.


Visitation will be from 4 – 8 p.m. Monday and again from 9 – 10 a.m. Tuesday all at Hillside United Methodist Church.


Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton is handling the arrangements.



 — Closing down the Gibson County Sheriff's Office in observance of Capt. Jim Stoll's funeral today was the easiest decision Sheriff George Ballard said he's made.


"We're going to show as much respect to our comrade as we possibly can. Our employees want to be there. They want to be at his funeral and I'm certainly not going to deny them that," Ballard said.

The jail, emergency dispatch and work release program will run normally today.

Stoll, 47, was found dead at his Owensville home last week after suffering from apparent respiratory arrest. He worked for the office since 1995. As one of the two department captains, he was the second-highest ranking officer on the force. Ballard said for the last three years Stoll served with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force, a demanding job, even by law enforcement standards. Ballard described Stoll as a loyal officer who worked hard to curb local drug activity. Stoll's survivors include two children and his wife, Rachael.

Today's service starts at 10 a.m. at Hillside United Methodist Church in Princeton. Visitation will continue today starting at 9 a.m. at the church until the funeral begins.

Ballard said in lieu of flowers, the sheriff's office is accepting donations to go into a memorial fund at the direction of Stoll's mother. No plans are set for money collected.

"We're just going to wait and see, but we will do something that is quite appropriate," Ballard said.

Ballard thanked surrounding law enforcement agencies that have offered assistance during their time of mourning.

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