Obit: Stapel, Arthur H. (1918 - 2007)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Stapel, Brandt, Devantier, Mortimer, Gjerde

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood Co., Wis.) Saturday, January 6, 2007

Stapel, Arthur H. (1918 - 2007)

Arthur H. Stapel

WAUSAU -- Arthur H. Stapel, 88 years, died peacefully in the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007.

He was born to Rev. Arthur and Minna Stapel on May 24, 1918, in Emerald, Wis. He attended high school in Spencer and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point in 1940. Arthur married Leota Brandt on June 6, 1943, in Dorchester, Wisconsin.

Arthur was employed with Wausau Insurance for 38 years, both in the Milwaukee office and at the home office in Wausau. In 1983, he retired as a vice president in the personnel department.

Arthur first enjoyed 10 years of retirement while living on Lake Kaubashine in Hazelhurst and then in 1993 Arthur and Leota moved back to Wausau to Forest Park Village.

Always an active member of his church, he held various offices and was very involved in the choir. He was a member of the Golden Kiwanis.

Arthur was always focused on the happiness and welfare of his family, who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Leota; and daughters, Ellen (Paul) Devantier of Springfield, Va., and Kathryn (Larry) Mortimer of Marengo, Ill.; and son, Paul (Deborah) Stapel of New Richmond. Grandchildren include Richard (Michelle) Devantier, John (Melissa) Devantier, Andrew Devantier, Katie Devantier, Susan Devantier, Scott (Lynn) Mortimer, Melissa Mortimer, Lawrence Mortimer, Jeremy Stapel, Warren Stapel, and Phillip Stapel; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Lillian Stapel; and brother Walter (Gertrude) Stapel.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Helke Funeral Home. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church, 6th and Grant in Wausau, with visitation prior beginning at 2 p.m. The Rev. Steven Gjerde will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Zion Lutheran Church Organ Fund or Lutheran World Relief.

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