William "Bill" Stahl

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, October 20, 2018
at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 70

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 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 (Jenae Guffey) of Hill City and Eric Stahl (Jeremy Wall) 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. After the visitation and prayer service the family welcomes everybody to join them in the church basement for a time of fellowship.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip 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.

Service Details

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Philip, South Dakota

Father Gary Oreshoski
assisted by Deacon Lloyd Frein

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Brittney Drury - Vocalist
“On Eagles Wings” - #437
“Prayer of St. Francis” - #523
“Taste and See” - #335
“O Loving God” - #682
“Lead Me Lord” -#630

Marion Matt - Jerry Neville

Lester Pearson - Joann Pearson

Joe Gittings

Reghan Bloomquist

Ray “Jr.” Clements - Kenneth Drury - Neal Drury
Nathan Drury - Trevor Stahl - Allison Stahl

PHS Class of 1966 and
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Guest Book

So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Sympathy to all the family. We were friends of Bill's parents and have known him all his life. May he RIP.
   ~ Beverly Jahner Kerrville, Texas (10/22/2018)
Penny, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. May God hold you close and comfort you during this difficult time.
   ~ Claude Ramsey Spearfish, SD (10/24/2018)
Sorry for your loss. Larry has many good memories of their growing up years in the country. God Bless all of you now and the days ahead.
   ~ Larry & Vicki Neiderworder Philip, SD (10/22/2018)
Prairie prayers from Plainview coming your way. Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart.
   ~ Jim & Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (10/22/2018)
Penny I am so very sorry for your loss you be in my thoughts and prayers
   ~ Diane Engelson Battle Mnt Nv (10/29/2018)
Penny, Ryan, Eric and family; Vic and I were shocked and saddened by the news of Bill's passing. In times of reflection like this it is hard to understand why life changes so rapidly. As Vic and I recall our times with Bill during the 18 years we worked together we recall a gentleman always, humorous, dedicated, intelligent, caring and always looking outward with concern for others and family. In the short 18 years that we had the privilege of working with Bill, we had hundreds of employees and Bill is definitely on the short list of the very top people we had the opportunity to work with.
   ~ Kelly and Victoria Flannery Rapid City (10/23/2018)
I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Praying you find comfort in precious memories of the wonderful man he was.
   ~ Karen Hanson Rapid City (10/22/2018)
Ryan, I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time .
   ~ Lin (Aby) Gates Colorado Springs, CO (10/22/2018)
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
   ~ Deanna and Kelly Fees Rapid City, S. Dak. (10/22/2018)
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
   ~ Sue Cutler Scottsdale, AZ (10/21/2018)
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers.
   ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald (10/25/2018)
Penny & Family, We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Hugs and Love! God Bless.
   ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (10/21/2018)
Penny & Family; so sorry to hear of your loss - my heart hurts. My prayer is that God's love, peace and comfort gets you and your family through the grieving and painful days ahead. God Bless you all.
   ~ KB Phoenix, AZ (10/22/2018)
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
   ~ Sandy Clary Box Elder SD (10/22/2018)
I am so very sorry for your loss- Bill was my boss many years ago- he was a great guy to work for-
   ~ Connie Hansen Rapid City SD (11/4/2018)
Penny & family - We are so shocked & saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was an amazing man & will be dearly missed. Keeping you close in our thoughts & prayers.
   ~ Brock & Brittany Smith Philip, SD (10/21/2018)
Penny & family,
We are so sad of the news today! May you know you have been in our prayers and thoughts this last week. May all find comfort in the days to come as hold your memories close. Bill was such a a good guy and will be missed by many of us! Hugs and love to you all!

   ~ Duane & JNai Hauk Quinn, SD (10/21/2018)
Thanks for serving
   ~ A VETERAN (10/24/2018)
Penny, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know we care and will pray for comfort in the days ahead.
   ~ Roxy and Ray Formanek Rapid City, Soth Dakota (10/21/2018)
We are so sorry to hear about Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you!!!!!
   ~ Kenny and Nancy Neville Philip, SD (10/22/2018)
Penny and family, we are saddened and very shocked at Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
   ~ Mike and Jean Treloar Custer, SD (10/22/2018)
So shocked to hear this. Heartfelt sympathy to all of you as you deal with the sudden passing of a wonderful man.
   ~ Nancy Philip (10/22/2018)
Penny and family, We were sorry to hear of Bill's Passing. He will be missed; May God put his arms around All of You in Your time of Loss. Lean on God and he will see You thru this. You are All in our Thoughts & Prayers. Sincerely, Kathy & Jerry
   ~ Jerry & Kathy S. Noteboom Yuma, Az (10/23/2018)
Family of Bill Stahl -Bill was always a good friend, many "Great" memories from school with Bill, "Digger", Schilling, Piroutek, Bob Hoard and others, thoughts and prayers with the Family!
   ~ Barry & Gayle Lobdell Gillette, Wy (10/22/2018)
Penny, Ryan, Eric and family we were so sadden to hear of Bills passing. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years and found him to be very compassionate, hard working and true to his word. Will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Stahl family during this difficult time.
   ~ Steve and Jennifer Volk Rapid City, SD (10/22/2018)
South Dakota
   ~ Jack Hansen Philip, SD (10/22/2018)
Penny and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss.

   ~ Don & Wanda Moses Fairmont, NE (10/26/2018)
May you find strength in this time of loss and memories and joyful times sustain you in dark times.
   ~ Bill and Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (10/26/2018)
I am so saddened to hear about his passing. My prayers for all. He was always so kind. Wish I could be there to hug each of you!
   ~ Connie Ericks Rapid city (10/21/2018)
Our sincere sympathy Penny and your kids and grandkids and sister Jeannie. So sad for your loss. Far before his time, may all your fun memorial fill your hearts. A very kind d and caring friend. You are in our prayers.
   ~ Ed and Joyce Buchholz Belle Fourche,SD (10/22/2018)
We are so sorry to hear the sad news. Bill has been in our prayers since we heard the news of his health. Hold on to all the memories. Let us know if we can do anything for you.
   ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (10/21/2018)
Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
   ~ Susan Hoyme Sioux Falls, SD (10/22/2018)
Penny, We are so sorry to hear about Bill. He was a wonderful man and so many people have already shared their personal connection with him. It sounds like his time back on the ranch was wonderful. Please know that you are in our thoughts and God bless. De and Nancy Glassgow
   ~ Nancy Glassgow Rapid City, SD (10/24/2018)
Penny & family, I am so shocked & saddened by this news. Please know I am thinking & sending many hugs & Payers. I am so very sorry.
   ~ Janet Theye Philip, SD (10/21/2018)
Penny, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Remember the love, joy, and all the good times you had together. and that will keep you going.
   ~ Janice heigh rapid City SD (10/22/2018)
So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I will always remember him as a kind gentle man and schoolmate. I will be traveling or I would be at his services. Continued prayers for you.
   ~ LaVon Nemec Gillette, WY (10/23/2018)
Jeanne, so sorry to hear about your brother. I remember that you were home this past summer to celebrate his birthday. Hold on to the memories. From Evelyn Raba
   ~ Evelyn K Pickersgill 26 Redan St, London, Ontario (10/22/2018)
Penny, So sorry to hear about your loss.
   ~ Dennis Moses Green Valley, AZ (10/22/2018)
Oh Penny and family. I am sad to hear this. Hold the fond memories close to your heart. Hugs.
   ~ Stacy Dole Pierre (10/21/2018)
Thoughts and prayers to Penny, Jeanne and entire Stahl family for your loss. So very sorry. God Bless.
   ~ Pat Taber Sioux Falls, SD (10/22/2018)
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
   ~ Keith & Linda Kuchenbecker Rapid City, SD (11/3/2018)


Family - "Husband"
Boyd and Kara, Wade, Marcy and Family, Dustin, Andi and Family, and Eric, Kayla and Family
Family - "Brother"
Kim, Jenna, and Aidan
Cindy Tessier, Shannon Schmit, Susan Berglund
Family - "Dad" "Grandpa"
Karen Greni, Tim Stephenson, and Grant and Nancy Olsen
Mike and Tina Noteboom and Family
Karen Schleining, Frank & Jennifer Cerfaogli and Family, Joe & Alisha Gulden
Friends at the Senior Center
M.G. Oil Company
PHS Class of 1966
Mike and Shar
Dan and Cindy Hauk
Todd & Traci Radway Mark & Judith Radway Tom & Marie Radway Stacy & Gary Dole Sandy Rathbun