TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Kenneth L. Stahl (Colonel, US Army, Retired), a resident of Westminster Oaks, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2009 in Tallahassee, Fla. at the age of 83. He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1925, the son of Ben and Winnie Stahl. Col. Stahl was president of his senior class at Sheboygan Falls High School. He married the former Shirley Mae Williams, on June 28, 1947 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as a signalman at Fort Monmouth, N.J., which served as the beginning of Col. Stahl's distinguished 30 year military career in the U.S. Army. He served his country during World War II at the Invasion of Okinawa, and upon his return earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, then a subsequent Masters Degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where upon he then accepted a commission in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps. He continued his military service as an instructor at the Chemical and Biological Warfare School in Fort McClellan, from 1957-1960; a staff member at the Office of the Chief Chemical division in The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. from 1960-1963, then attended the U.S. Army Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 1963-1964. He became a Chemical Liaison Officer with the British Army in Porton Down, England from 1964-1967 and upon his return, Col. Stahl became the Commander of the 100th Chemical Group from 1967-69 then volunteered for a tour during the Vietnam War, serving as an Inspector General in the 1st Logistics Command from 1969-1970. Upon his return stateside, he became the Commander of the CBR Agency for the U.S. Chemical Corps at Fort McClellan from 1970-1973, then accepted the position of Post Commander at Edgewood Arsenal, Md. from 1973-1975. He completed his military service at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, in 1977 as a Director of Testing and Evaluation for the U.S. Chemical Corps. During his military career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Award, the Knights Cross -Third Degree from the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Campaign Medal - Pacific (World War II), the Army of Occupation Medal (World War II) and the Vietnam Campaign Medal (Republic of Vietnam). Following his retirement from the military, Col. Stahl worked in both the public and private sector, working as an executive officer with the Diamond Shamrock Oil and Chemical Company in Dallas, Texas; Lee-Boy Enterprises in Charlotte, N.C. and the Alabama Economic Development Council in Anniston. Colonel Stahl and his wife, Shirley, retired to Tallahassee, Fla. in 1997 to be near family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mrs. Shirley Stahl, of Tallahassee, Florida, and his loving children, Mr. Terry Stahl and his wife, Gerry, of Huntington, Maryland, Mr. Daniel Stahl and wife, Mila, of New Glarus, Wisconsin, Mrs. Julie Clinton and husband, Doug, of Oswego, Illinois, and Mr. Tom Stahl, of Tallahassee, Fla. He was a devoted grandfather to his beautiful and much loved grandchildren, Mrs. Sarah Stahl-Toomey and her husband, Chris Toomey, proud parents of Col. Stahl's first great-grandson, Connor, of Boston, Mass., Mr. David Stahl and wife, Lara, and their son, Aiden, of Marina, Calif.; granddaughters, Miss Georgia Stahl, UNC-Asheville, NC, Miss Nora Stahl, Tallahassee, Fla. and their mother, Ms. Karen Ladzinski, of Tallahassee, Fla. Mr. Stahl was affectionately called the "Humming and Whistling Colonel" by all who knew him, and he had a true joy of life and deep love for his family and friends. He had a genuine interest in everyone he met, and he loved nothing better than laughing, listening and "visiting" with people. He was a great lover of fine music and played the piano with great zest and enjoyment. He will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate to have known him.
Services for Col. Stahl will be at with family and friends on April 25, 2009 at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., where he was married and where several of his children were baptized. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Parkinson's Foundation or to the
. Godspeed to our dear Soldier and Mentor, Col. Kenneth L. Stahl.