Frederick Stapel

GALVA – While sleeping peacefully at his home, Frederick “Fred” Stapel, 88, of Galva, returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

He was born in Phillips, Wisc., on Feb. 24, 1931, to Fred and Charlotte (Kasper) Stapel. His family moved to Toulon when he was 12 years old.

He went into the Air Force and became an aviation mechanic. This sense of tinkering with anything that needed fixing, continued until his passing. He worked at Caterpillar and at Kewanee Hospital.

Fred is survived by five children, Milton (Karen) Stapel, Kewanee, Evelyn (David) Leedy, Diamond, Mo., Myrene Carper, Sheffield, Ill, Drinda (Mike) Milinac, Genoa, Ill, and DeVicka (Bill) Wilhite, South Bend, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Andy (Katie) Yarger and Layne Stapel, Johnny and Hannah Guthrie, Justin (Kaurie) and Missie Carper, Ireland, McLaren and Tristen Milinac and Will and Kodie Wilhite; and one great granddaughter, Sarah King. Previous wife, Vanda Dergins of Buda, Ill. Survivors also include one sister, June Lampson of Tacoma, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Orville King, Toulon, Ill; a sister-in-law, Audrey Stapel of Toulon; many nieces and nephews; and a special godson and nephew, Jerry Jr. (Cindy) Stapel of Toulon.

He was preceded in death by one son, Brent Stapel; his parents; sister, Virginia King; brothers, Don, Willie and Jerry Stapel.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church. Reverend Paul Weber officiated. Burial will be in the Hopeland Cemetery, Buda. Military Rites were accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. Please leave an online condolence for Fred’s family at

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