Thursday, December 15, 2011

Obit of Larry V. Stemke

CHATSWORTH — Larry V. Stemke, 68, Chatsworth, died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at the Good Samaritan Home of Pontiac.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth, with the Rev. Jerry Gentes of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Chatsworth. Burial will be at Wenger Cemetery, Gilman. Memorials in Larry’s name may be left to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Larry was born March 2, 1943, in Kankakee, a son of Vincent W. and Evelyn Goller Stemke. He married Joan Chase on June 30, 1963, in Gilman.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Stemke, Chatsworth; one brother, Gerald (Janet) Stemke, Alberta, Canada; and two sisters, Linda (John) Whitlow, Normal, and Beverly (Rodger) Gillenwater, Normal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Todd Stemke in 1991; and one brother, Billy Stemke.

Mr. Stemke graduated from Gilman-Danforth High School. He had worked as a custodian for the Chatsworth schools. He later worked for Hicksgas and Trimble Oil in Chatsworth, delivering fuel to farmers. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chatsworth, the Chatsworth Masonic Lodge and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

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