William "Bill" Stahl, age 70, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
On October 20, 2018, the world lost a kind and caring person who fought a 25 day battle with pancreatic cancer. In his words “I drew the short straw”.
William Stahl, better known as “Bill” by his family and friends, was born July 18, 1948 in Pierre, South Dakota to Paul and Dorothy (Konst) Stahl. He grew up and lived most of his childhood years west of Ottumwa on the farm and ranch. Bill attended grade school at Ottumwa and then high school in Philip, graduating in May of 1966.
He started school at Black Hills State and could not decide what degree to pursue so entered the Air Force where he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, and served overseas in Turkey. He was honorably discharged in December of 1972.
On November 10, 1973, Bill married Penny Drury at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.
Finding his passion for accounting in the Air Force he then pursued his degree in Accounting and Business Administration later graduating in May of 1974 from Black Hills State with a double major in Accounting/Business Administration and Psychology. In 1974 Bill began working at Pacer Corp in Custer, South Dakota. In 1984 he moved to Rapid City where he began working in the Petroleum business and worked for Flannery Oil, Black Hills Oil, and MG Oil.
In 2005 Bill and Penny moved to Ottumwa where his future plans of retiring included spending weekends home repairing the old farm, removing three old tree patches and replanting with 2,000 trees. Bill spent many days weeding, watering, and pampering his tree patches. On any given day in the spring and summer you could find him on his old tractor mowing in the tree patches or yard.
Bill loved to travel and had the opportunity to visit numerous places including Alaska, Hawaii, and various states visiting different baseball parks.
Survivors include his wife Penny of Philip; two sons Ryan Stahl of Hill City and Eric Stahl of Wellington, Colorado; three grandchildren Allison Stahl of Pensacola, Florida, Trevor Stahl of Rapid City, and Chastin Stahl of Hill City; one sister Jeanne Stahl of Phoenix, Arizona; a special Aunt Lois Konst of Sioux Falls; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Dorothy Stahl.
A visitation will be held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Gary Oreshoski as celebrant assisted by Deacon Lloyd Frein.
Interment with military honors will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial is established to Haakon County Prairie Transportation and the Philip Volunteer Fire Department for the pumper truck.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.