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Leo Stalder

June 2, 1919 — July 30, 2018

Leo (Bill) Randolph Stalder died peacefully with Dixie by his side, at the Lenox Care Center on July 30, 2018, at the age of ninety-nine years, one month, and twenty-eight days. The son of Georgia (Roberts) and Fred Stalder, was born a twin June 2, 1919 on the family farm. He grew up attending school, until the 8th grade, along with his many siblings.
Leo entered into the United States Army during World War II on May 25, 1942 and left November 28, 1945. During this time he served with the 819th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a Technician Fifth Grade truck driver, spending most of his time in Central and South Pacific. His job was to haul supplies, and personnel over all types of roads and terrain. He also kept records on the loads and made minor repairs and adjustments to the trucks. On November 10, 2017 he was presented a beautiful Quilt of Valor, “Unfurled Glory.” He was proud to be a Veteran. On the day he passed away he was to have received his Veterans Service Flag pin, but instead he was given his angel wings.
After the service, Leo married his young bride and soulmate Dixie Crisp on December 9, 1948. They made their home in Brooks, Iowa. Born to bless their life as a married couple were two daughters Linda and Denise. Leo and Dixie enjoyed gardening so they could can and freeze their produce to enjoy through the winter. They enjoyed walks around their property, their flower gardens, and just being together and talking. Leo first farmed with his father, and then independently. He grew wheat, oats, barley, and corn. Leo also raised hogs and chickens. He spent many years, until retirement, working on the Burlington Northern railroad as a laborer and track liner. He also cleaned up after train wrecks. Leo and Dixie spent many evenings over the years playing cards with their siblings and families. Dixie and he were members of the Salem Brethren Church, Mt. Zion Church, and Brooks Methodist Church. Their home was a Christian home. They were also in the antique business with their daughters.
Leo was a character and a hard worker. He would light up when family came to visit. Leo loved to tell stories and laugh. He played guitar with his daughter Linda along with mouth harps. Leo was also in a band with the Salem Church men. One of his favorite hobbies was pitching horseshoes. He entered many tournaments and won trophies. His property is decorated with horse shoes and harnesses.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dixie Stalder, daughter Denise Stalder, grandson Kevin Calvert, nieces, nephews, and friends. Welcoming him into heaven are his daughter Linda Stalder; parents Fred and Georgia Stalder; brothers Melvin, Alvin, and Edgar Stalder; sisters Clarissa Wallace, Evelyn Hardisty, twin Leona Kester, and a baby sister who died in infancy; mother and father-in-law Harold and Clara Crisp; brothers-in-law; and other family members.
Leo was devoted to his family, especially Dixie. They remained together until the end. He was her protector and best friend. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by many.

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