Francis Melvin Stahl passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on October 11, 2019 following a massive heart attack.
He was born on January 14, 1929 at his grandparent’s farm near Yale, South Dakota. As a young boy, he grew up in the Yale and Onida area. Sadly, he lost his mother at the age of 10, and at the age of 14 he left home to live with the Glanzer Family near Yale.
He joined the Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Onida and started Stahl’s Mobil Service. Francis met his wife Norma, and they married at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onida. Together they raised three children, Sandy, Mike, and Kathi.
In 1966, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado where Francis was a union carpenter. In 1972, the family returned to SD (Redfield) where he once again started Stahl’s Mobile Service. Tragically they lost their oldest daughter Sandy in a car accident at the age of 19.
In 1980, he returned to Colorado (Grand Junction) and resumed his career as a union carpenter, mostly working commercial construction. Following his retirement, he built several homes in the valley, including one for him and his wife, his son, and his daughter. After 26 years, he and Norma decided to down-size and moved into a patio home. Francis was very well-loved in the neighborhood and enjoyed visits from his friends as they walked by.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Sandra Kay, his sister Bernette and her husband Leo, his brothers Willie and Albin, and his brother-in-law Sam Jarnagin.
Francis is survived by his wife Norma, son Michael and his wife Nancy and grandson Ryan, daughter Kathi, his brother Woody and his wife Barb, sister-in-law Helen Stahl, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is a family very special to him - Dave, Dara, Ethan, Parker, and Makenna Hartmann.
Burial with military honors was held at Orchard Mesa Cemetery on October 16 and followed by a Celebration of life service at American Lutheran Church where Francis was a member.