Date of Death: December 17, 2012
Memorial services for John Staebler, 85, of Jefferson, will be 10:30am Friday December 21, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Interment will take place at 1:00pm Friday December 21, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery at Ogden, Iowa.
Visitation is from 5:30 – 7:30pm Thursday December 20, 2012 at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson. Due to the weather, the family will not be present, but anyone who wants to stop in to pay their respects and sign the guest book may do so.
Eugene John Staebler was born November 5, 1927 at Williams, Iowa. He passed away December 17, 2012 at the Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson, Iowa at the age of 85 years.
John was the son of Frank and Irma Holdgrafer Staebler. At the age of eight, the family moved to a farm near Beaver, Iowa. John attended country school. At the age of fourteen, John’s dad’s health was failing, so John planted all of the corn with a team of big mules. He continued to help with the family farm until December of 1950 when he was called into service during the Korean War. He served in the Army from December 11, 1950 until November 26, 1952 when he received his honorable discharge.
After returning from the service, John returned to farming as a bachelor for 13 years. On December 28, 1965, he married Phyllis Cullenbine at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ogden, Iowa. After their marriage they continued to farm. After he quit farming, they moved into Beaver, Iowa. John worked for a few years for YW Hybrid in Grand Junction. The business named changed to NC Hybrids, and he continued working there, while still raising his sows and little pigs.
In December 1987 they moved to an acreage west and north of Jefferson, Iowa. He worked part-time for Barrett’s NAPA store delivering parts. He kept on raising sows and pigs until 2004 when he retired because of health reasons.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson
Surviving are his wife, Phyllis of Jefferson; daughter Shelia (Jack) Schlobohm of Des Moines, Iowa; step-daughters Pat (Phil) Hight of Benton City, Washington and Kathy (David) Haub of Boone, Iowa; stepson Mike (Phyllis) Cullenbine of Mary Esther, Florida; sisters Dorothy Staebler of Virginia, Betty (Orien) Sealine of Stanhope, IA and Veronica (Gene) Faltz of Surprise, AZ; brothers William (Cindi) Staebler of Ogden, IA and August Staebler of Boone, IA; nine nieces and eleven nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one nephew, one niece, and two step-great grandsons.
Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home 515-386-2171