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Benjamin “Ed” Stoline

Posted December 27, 2013 in Obituaries, Greene County

January 28, 1931- December 24, 2013

Ed Stoline, the son of Ben and Matilda (Gosar) Stoline, was born January 28, 1931 at Jefferson, Iowa and peacefully passed away December 24, 2013 at the Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 82 years, 10 months and 26 days.

Ed attended and graduated from the Jefferson High School in 1948. On November 8, 1951, Benjamin Stoline was united in marriage to Ruth Etta Peacock at the First Methodist Church in Jefferson. They were the first couple to be married in the new church building. Two children were born to this union. Ed and Ruth lived their entire life in Jefferson.

While still in high school and misstating his age, Ed joined the Iowa National Guard. He served 4 years with the 168th Infantry Division and then 9 years with the Headquarters’ Detachment, Adjutant General’s office, of which 2 years were full time. He received an honorable discharge as a Master Sergeant in 1960. Ed started working for the Iowa D.O.T. in 1952 as a materials technician and retired in 1993.

Ed was a member of the Jefferson First United Methodist Church and helped on many committees including as chairman of the church trustees. He loved to play golf and served as president of the Greene Co. Golf & Country Club. In 1981, Ed started going to auctions and began collecting antique stoneware and other antiques. He had over 164 pieces of stoneware at one time. In 2001, he decided that it was time for others to own them and sold them all.

In June of 1964, Ed joined the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as a charter member of the Jefferson Elks Lodge #2306 and devoted much of his time and talents to its success. He served as a lodge officer for many years and served as Exalted Ruler in 1972. His great passion in the Elks was instructing and judging the rituals of the Order. In 1984, Ed was appointed as a committeeman for the Grand Lodge Ritualistic Committee, a position which he held for three years. He served as a Grand Lodge Ritual instructor for a five state area and took part in several Grand Lodge ritual contests. Traveling for the Grand Lodge as a committeeman was an honor and privilege to Ed and gave Ed and Ruth the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and visit many cities that they otherwise would have not have known and experienced. In 1991, Ed served as President of the Iowa Elks State Association.

His wife of almost 50 years passed away in May of 2011 and Ed continued to live in his home until August of 2012 when he became a resident of the Regency Park care Center.

Ed is survived by his two children; Shelley and her husband, Jeff Kurka, of Florissant, Colorado and Shawn Stoline and his wife, Jean, of Woodland Park, Colorado and two grandchildren; Zackary and Whitney Kurka. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Paul and Melvin Stoline.

A celebration of Ed’s life was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Jefferson First United Methodist Church with Pastor Julie Poulson officiating. Burial was in the Jefferson City Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors conducted by the Iowa National Guard.

Serving as honorary casket bearers were Bill Schaal, Dane Kious, Doug Tucker and Ron Juergens. Casket bearers were Roger Stoline, Mike Stoline, Steve Chapman, Steve Smith, Jerry Long, Les Fister and Steve Brown.

An Elks Memorial Service was held Friday evening, January 3, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Information provided by:
Brown Funereal Homes, Inc.
408 Lincoln Way Street
Jefferson, IA 50129

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