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William "Bill" J. Stolz, Sr.

May 8, 1938 — September 30, 2023

Winamac

William John Stolz Sr. of Winamac, Indiana passed away on September 30, 2023 surrounded by family.

He was born in Midlothian, Illinois on May 8, 1938 to Robert and Josephine Stolz. He moved to Indiana in 2014 with his wife of 27 years, Joanne Stolz.  Together they have become a part of the Winamac community, as well as the Broken Arrow Campground.

As a youth, he excelled at sports and was the student council president at his high school Bremen High in Midlothian when graduated in 1956.  He attended Carthage College to study Business Administration and graduated in 1962.  He married Susan Donnelly soon after and they had two children, James and William.  While working at Harris bank in Chicago, he accepted a job at Campbell Soup Company and moved his family to the east coast.  While there he became very active in local groups, including becoming the youngest school board president in the nation.  In his life, he was the president of 4 school boards in two different states. He was also a little league baseball coach for his son’s teams for 6 years.  Their home was very active with friends and family, with his home being the house where all the neighborhood children hung out.  He loved old cars, Babe Ruth and hunting and fishing. He was a loving and supportive father, even allowing his sons to have multiple pets, including a pair of pet skunks.

Bill moved back to Illinois and met his wife, partner and soul mate Joanne (Cizmarik) Prez in 1994 and was married a few years later. He was a loving grandfather and enjoyed watching his granddaughter’s softball games and attended his granddaughter’s wedding just last month.  He never lost his love of hunting and was out hunting in a tree stand until the age of 75.

He is survived by his wife Joanne Stolz, his children, William Stolz (Bonnie), James Stolz (Michael), Gina Sedlack (Eric) and Nikki Reeves (Robert), grandchildren, Andrew, Allison, Brooklyn, Christopher, Jacob, London, Myles, sister, Roberta and brother, Arthur.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2023 at the First Christian Church, 106 S. Market St., Winamac.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Harrison Chapel, Royal Center.

Bill’s online guestbook is available and condolences may be made to the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com

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Friday, October 6, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Christian Church (Winamac)

106 South Market Street, Winamac, IN 46996

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Memorial Service

Friday, October 6, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Christian Church (Winamac)

106 South Market Street, Winamac, IN 46996

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