Stanley Eugene Stutzman

1936 - 2024


Stanley Eugene Stutzman, Frytown, died Jan. 24, 2024, after a short battle with a brain tumor at  Halcyon House in Washington, at the age of 87.  He was born June 17, 1936, in rural Kalona to parents, Ervin and Lydia (Bontrager) Stutzman.
Stan attended East Lincoln rural school.  He was united in marriage in 1954 to Shirley Martin.  They had three boys, Walt, Curtis and Lyle, that they raised in Frytown.
In the ‘60’s he purchased a farm which he and Shirley later created as a small development called Terrace Acres.  Stan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, building homes and relationships, woodworking and volunteering his talents.
He loved his work and highlights of his career included welding at Yoder Feeds and the University of Iowa Hydraulics Lab where he worked from  February 1960 until he retired as a University staff member and purchasing manager.  His favorite project was the Columbia River Dams and fish ladders.
He is survived by his sister: Alta Widmer; three sons: Walt (Patty) of Washington, Curtis (Svetlana) of Kalona, and Lyle (Monica) of Panora; grandchildren: Shauna (Todd) Olson, Joni (Eric) Jones, Shelby (Merrell) Middleton, Sonja (Stewart Masters) Stutzman, Alex Stutzman, Artyom (Ashley) Rayev, Mikhala (Bryan) Febel, and Morgan Stutzman; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents; wife Shirley; and 11 siblings: John, Omar, Levi, Henry, EJ, LeRoy, Mary Bontrager, Ada, Barbara Bender, Ann Raber and an infant sister.
Celebration of life will be held at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Kalona, March 9, 2024. Visitation with family will be from 2-4 p.m. with the service following.   Memorials can be made to Crooked Creek Christian Camp, 2830 Coppock Road, Washington, IA 52353 for a scholarship fund.

Powell Funeral Home is caring for Stanley and his family. Messages and tributes may be sent to the family at

People will remember Stan for his kindness and enthusiastic statement, “Oh, Wow! That’s amazing!”