Alphonse Anton Stolz, 93 , completed his earthly work and entered his heavenly home on Saturday, December 19, 2015.
Alphonse, known as Al to many, was born on February 5, 1922 to Katie (Elpers) Stolz and Joseph Stolz.
Al grew up in Armstrong, IN until he later moved with
his wife, Bettye, to Oakland City.
Other than being a husband and father, the two
callings Al was most
proud of in life were farming and his service in the US military. Al served as a PFC Infantryman in World War II and received the honor of a Purple Heart for the courage and bravery shown on the battlefield amidst injury. Al then went on to farm for 56 years, many of which were spent working alongside his son, Terry. Al also received joy out of life through singing, oftentimes in German, gardening, traveling, woodworking, and simply using his creativity to “tinker.” He was a dedicated member of the Gideons, the VFW, and the Disabled American Veterans. Al loved his church, where he faithfully served as deacon with the Friendship General Baptist Church congregation.
Above all these accomplishments, Al treasured his family even more, especially his wife of 66 years, Bettye (Yeager) Stolz. He also took pride in his children, Brenda (Daniel) Scott of Oakland City, Mike (Kris) Stolz of Fayetteville, GA, Terry (Doris) Stolz, of Oakland City, Monica (Rick) Mahan, of Princeton, and John (Linda) Stolz of Oakland City. Al also had 14 grandchildren- Andrea (Matt) Brown, Jonathan (Sara) Scott, Hillary Stolz, Amy Stolz, Josh (Lori) Stolz, Adam Stolz, Christie (Kevin) Menke, Andrew Stolz, Clay (Irish) Mahan, Kurt Mahan, Cory (Karla) Mahan, Laura Mahan, Jason Stolz, and Jenny Stolz. Great-Grandchildren include Rylan Brown, Jakob Stolz, Jared Stolz, Chloe Stolz, Isaac Stolz, Hannah Stolz, Kyra Menke, Colin Menke, Quinn Menke, Samantha Mahan, Eli Mahan, Abigail Mahan, Gavin Mahan, and Lyla Mahan.
Al was preceded in death by his son, Terry Wayne Stolz and by all his siblings Elvira, Vince, Edwin, and
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday Dec.23,2015 at the Friendship General Baptist Church, with Rev. Jonathan Scott and Dr. Bob Doane officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hills Cemetery in Ft. Branch, IN.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 P.M Tuesday at Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel. Also visitation will be from 8:00 A.M. until services on Wednesday at the Church.