Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kenneth L. Stahly, 80, of Shell Knob, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at the Red Rose Inn in Cassville. He was born on April 17, 1928, in Gridley, Ill., to the late Clyde and Lucille Stahly.

He was raised in Gridley, Ill. He graduated from Gridley High School in 1946. After graduating, he spent one year at I.S.N.U., majoring in math and physical education. In 1948, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he spent the next 14 years. During the Korean War he served in the Phillipines. He also was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan, London, England, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, where on June 12, 1954, he married Marilyn Dean.

In 1982, he moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he bought a small coffee and tea shop that Marilyn operated while Ken went into Real Estate. They made their final move to Shell Knob in 2007. Marilyn preceded him in death on June 6, 2008.

Survivors include: one daughter, Susan Munson, and her husband, Don, of Golden; one son, Mark Stahly, and his wife, Nancy, of Cooperburg, Penn.; one brother, Lonnie Stahly, and his wife, Donna, of Ravenna, Ohio; and two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Hunt, and her husband, Don, of Flossmoor, Ill., and Frances Dean, of Schaumburg, Ill. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Kay Stahly.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Gridley, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Eagle Rock, Golden, Mano Fire Department and may be entrusted to the funeral home.