Edward J. Stenftenagel, 84, Jasper

Ed StenftenagelEdward J. Stenftenagel, 84, of Jasper, died Sunday (January 29) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper April 14, 1932, to Florian and Agnus (Blessinger) Stenftenagel. He married Bettye Schneider June 24, 1954. She died August 6, 1989.

Ed was a 1950 graduate of Jasper High School, where he was a member of the 1949 Jasper Wildcats basketball state championship team. He was a 1954 graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where he played basketball and was team captain his senior year. He was a life member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He entered the U.S. Air Force pilot training school in 1954 and, after graduating as a pilot, served with the Strategic Air Command piloting B36 and B52 bombers until 1957. He served as a liaison officer with the Air Force Academy until 1982 when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was graduated from the Squadron Officer School in 1965, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1970, and the Air War College in 1978. He was a member of the Indiana Aerospace Association, the Air Force Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and Jasper American Legion Post No. 147.

He was co-owner and operator of Schneider’s Department Store in Jasper for over 30 years. He served as a director for the Dubois County Bank, the Liberty Building Loan Association, Jasper Retail Association, the Jasper Jaycees, and the Jasper Country Club. He was a member of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the Columbian Noon Luncheon Club in 1961, chairman of the Airport Study Commission in 1966, chairman of the Dubois County Park Board in 1972-73, was selected into the Who’s Who in 1972, served on the Dubois County American Heart Association Sunday Heart Drive, and was a charter member of the Wabash Valley Association. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Jasper Knights of Columbus and enjoyed golf, making wine, and gardening.

He is survived by two sons, E.J. Stenftenagel II, California, and Blake Stenftenagel, Florida; two grandchildren; four sisters, Doretha Schmitt and Geraldine “Gerry” Giesler, both of Jasper, Betty Egan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jane Eckerle and husband Tom, Indianapolis; two brothers, James Stenftenagel and wife Flora and Michael “Mick” Stenftenagel and wife Mary Ellen, Ft. Worth, Texas; and one brother-in-law, Ronald R. Schneider, Florida.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Marge Gramelspacher.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church or to a favorite charity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery mausoleum. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

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