|11/13/2019 11:20:00 AM|
Douglas 'Doug' Stemm
Douglas "Doug" Stemm, 82, of Windom died Nov. 4, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A Celebration of Life service was Monday at 11 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade officiating.
Songs and congregational hymn were "A Mighty Fortress," "Old Rugged Cross" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Usher was Lloyd Brand.
Honorary bearers were Doug's grandchildren: Christian, Jack, Andrew, Matt, Hailea and Kai.
Burial will be at a later date at Rosehill Cemetery in Menlo, Iowa.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Douglas Donald Stemm was with sons and wife at his bedside enjoying stories and memories before drifting off to sleep and passing in the night.
He was born at home July 18, 1937, to Donald and Clara (Rodgers) Stemm in Menlo, Iowa (Guthrie County). Doug was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and graduated from Menlo High School in 1955.
After graduation he enrolled in Iowa State University for one year and then transferred to the American Institute of Business for an additional two years. After receiving an Associate Degree in business and accounting he was employed by the Polk County Federal Savings and Loan in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1959, he had the fortunate opportunity to move to St. Cloud and work for his uncle, Russell Stemm, in his well-established trucking transfer firm, Stemm Transfer and Storage. It was while in St. Cloud he became a member of the Minnesota National Guard and served for eight years.
On June 3, 1961, he married Fritzie Marie Carlson of St. Cloud. In 1965, Doug joined Anderson Trucking Service also in St. Cloud and worked as a dispatcher and a supervisor of terminal operations. In addition to these positions, he took on a sales position that put him on the road and while successful proved to him this was not for him as he missed home every night away.
Doug and Fritzie had two sons, Daniel Douglas born in 1963, now living in Roseville, and John Donald born in 1968, now living in Stillwater Okla.
In 1970, after a strong desire to own and run his own business they purchased the Coast to Coast Hardware Store in Windom. They operated the store together for 14 years. After two expansions and an economic downturn they landed on hard times and it became necessary to close the doors on Sept. 13, 1984.
Doug, after spending the fall helping former customers with the fall harvest, was hired in January 1985 at Toro Manufacturing in Windom and worked almost 18 years as a training facilitator and manufacturing supervisor. Doug retired on Aug. 1, 2002.
Doug was active and known by most during his life in Windom as a promoter of the economic and overall betterment of Windom. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation and the Windom Hockey Board. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, and enjoyed singing in the Men's Chorus, the Senior Choir, the Gospelaires and playing the trumpet on special occasions.
Doug was known for his quick smile, his positive outlook and supportive nature. He enjoyed meeting people and making new friends. However, as Parkinsen's disease continued to impact his abilities we slowly lost him and so today he is again free from the disease and returns to his strong, optimistic and dynamic self in all our memories.
His loving family includes his wife, Fritzie; sons, Daniel and John, their wives Mimi and Kim; and his grandchildren: Christian, Jack, Andrew, Matt, Hailea, Kai; and his sister, Carol.
His parents and brother Richard preceded him in death.