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John Stotmeister

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Stotmeister, John A.

John A. Stotmeister, age 88, of Appleton, WI, passed away at home on January 21, 2013. Born on July 26, 1924, John grew up on a farm near Stratford, WI. After completing high school in Stratford (including a year off at the age of 16 to operate an elderly neighbor's farm and later join a lumber camp with his stepbrother to earn money for books and clothes) he enrolled in business classes to achieve his career goal to become a transportation manager.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, served as a Regimental Quartermaster at Fort Lewis, Washington. After the war, he returned home, married his high school sweetheart, Mary Carol Chrouser, and began his career in transportation management, often driving at night after working in the office in the early days to supplement his income. He worked for Fore Way Express in Green Bay at the beginning and end of his career, but mostly as Terminal Manager in Appleton. He was very goal oriented and was invited to share his wisdom with many groups throughout his life.

John was a member of the American Legion Post #38 in Appleton and the Retired Transportation Society in the Fox Valley. He loved to travel, home and abroad, and was a great reader of history, reflecting his constant interest in the world and its diversity. He was an avid woodworker throughout his life who built many things.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Stella (nee Kaetterhenry) Stotmeister and brothers Alvin and Donald Stotmeister, step-mother Mildred Knox and step-brother James Knox. He is survived by his brother Robert (Ellie) Stotmeister of Stratford, Wisconsin, son Daniel (Patti) of Milwaukee, a daughter Kathryn "Kitty" (Thomas) Pirner of Appleton, and two granddaughters, Sadie Stotmeister of Chicago, and Carrie Stotmeister of Los Angeles as well as other family and many friends.

After the death of his wife in 2000, John was fortunate to have found a second wonderful companion, in Carol Ewing of Green Bay, with whom to share his later years. All will very much miss their beloved brother/dad/papa/special friend, the wonderful times together and especially memories made at his beloved cottage on Sawyer Lake.

The visitation will be before Mass from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton, WI. Full military honors performed by American Legion Post #38 will immediately follow. The entombment will take place at Highland Memorial Park at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the or would be appreciated.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of St. Paul's Hospice under the direction of Dr. Timothy Goggins, especially Julie, Tina, Melissa, Amanda, Karen and Emily, who helped John and the family in our time of need.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 24, 2013
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