In Memory of Howard Stindle
Howard was a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather, but most of all he was our best friend. It is the love, the memories, the joy of remembering him that brings us together today and every day to celebrate the very essence of him.
Age 89, he passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving wife and three daughters on November 1, 2019.
Howard was born on November 12, 1929, at the Amery Hospital. The son of Louis Paul and Cassie Virginia (Abbott) Stindle. He grew up on the home farm in East Lincoln, Polk County, Wisconsin. He attended East Lincoln country school grades 1¬ thru 8 and then graduated from Amery High School in 1948. He was a hard worker with strong values and a kind, giving and fun loving man, soft and loving with Irene and the girls. They all worked hard and played hard with softball games, impromptu wiener roasts and picnics with family and many friends.
He was married to the love of his life, Irene Louise Buck of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin, on June 3, 1951. At this time Howard and Irene took over his home farm. To this union 5 daughters were born, Jacqueline, premature born twin girls Kirsten and Kristia, Marcia and Valerie. They farmed until 1979 when they sold the farm. Howard then went to work for The Eau Claire Press Company as an account executive, retiring in 1993. He then worked construction with Barney Barns and drove Amery school bus for another six years.
Howard loved gardening, fishing, hunting, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles. He owned 2 airplanes and 8 motorcycles over the years. In their earlier years Irene and he would fly to a lot of airshows and fly-in breakfasts. After retirement they enjoyed many years of motorcycle touring with friends, including trips to the Smokey Mountains, North & South Carolina, Yellowstone Park, Glacier Park, The Badlands, Niagara Falls and their last trip following “Route 66” from Missouri to California and farther to San Francisco and East through Lake Tahoe, The Pony Express Trail and Colorado to home. He loved to share a lot of time with family. For the last five years, Howard, Irene, their three daughters and sometimes others, spent one day each week together sharing, playing cards and games and having lunch together.
He was Amery area Outstanding Farmer in 1965, and served as a board member on the Town of Black Brook, Amery Equity Co-op, N.F.O., Amery Flying Club, Amery Snowmobile Club, and was a member of Amery Lions Club since 1981- receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow and the Birch-Strum Awards.
Howard and Irene enjoyed traveling to Europe, Russia, and all 50 states by motorcycle, motorhome or auto. They spent many years wintering in Texas. Their last big trip was two weeks touring the pyramids in Egypt in 2011; which was still on his bucket list.
Howard leaves to celebrate his memory—his wife, Irene, of 68years, daughters Jackie (Guy) Cardinal, Marcia, and Valerie (John) Weyer. Grandchildren-Danielle (Adam) Andersen, Jenna (Josh) Hamre, Austen and Anatoly. Great-grandchildren Lane and Hayden Andersen. As well as many friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Cassie Stindle, sisters Florence McKee, Dorothy Stindle, Beverly (Stindle) Wright, son-in-law John Frisco, infant twin daughters Kristen and Kirstia.
Visitation for Howard will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the Williamson – White Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to services at the church. Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Congregational Church UCC in Amery. Interment will follow at the Amery Cemetery.