A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles J. Stillman of Emmetsburg will be 10:30 a.m, Friday, Dec. 23, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.
Burial is in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m., today, Thursday, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. A Knights of Columbus rosary is at 5:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service is at 7:30 p.m.
Charles John Stillman was born Aug. 24, 1918, the son of Charles and Mary (Ryan) Stillman. He was raised on the family farm north of Emmetsburg. He was educated through the eighth grade at the Vernon #9 country school. He then attended Emmetsburg High School where he graduated in 1935. Charles attended Emmetsburg Junior College for one year and one winter term at Iowa State University. During his time on the family farm, he served the rural community as a 4-H leader and a Rural Youth member.
Charles was drafted into the Army and left for service on his 24th birthday, Aug. 24, 1942. After basic training in Camp Walter, TX, he was sent to the west coast and served 13 months in San Diego in the American Defense Command. He also served overseas in the 350th Infantry Regiment. He was injured twice. After the second injury, he spent five months in a hospital in Naples, Italy. He was then transferred to the states to Topeka, KS where he was hospitalized for four months after which he received a medical discharge.
After the war, Charles met and married Maureen Murphy of Emmetsburg on Jan. 4, 1947. To this union came seven children: Charles, Rose Mary, Jerry, Tom, Joanne, Karen and Rich.
Charles farmed eight miles north of Emmetsburg for 35 years. He served two terms on the Emmetsburg School Board and 24 years on the Pocahontas Rural Electric Cooperative Board. Charles also served on the Holy Family Parish Church Council for two years and as a Eucharistic Minister for several years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Emmetsburg VFW Post #2295.
After the death of his first wife, Charles married Jeanne Higgins from Ayrshire. With that marriage, his family expanded with two step children: John (Linda) Higgins of Spirit Lake and Joan (Gary) Beckman of Iowa City.
Charles enjoyed life to the fullest. Farming was his passion, but he also enjoyed several hobbies such as fishing, playing cards, and reading and attending or listening to E-hawk sporting events. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends and telling many stories of days gone by.
After lengthy battle with prostate cancer, Charles passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was 93.
Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Maureen; his second wife, Jean-ne; a brother, Bill Stillman; two sisters, Laura Marcolini and Ruth Talenti; and a son, Charles Stillman III.
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