Edmund Stotz was born October 4, 1931, to Edmund and Leah (Hochhalter) Stotz, at Delmont, SD, and later moved to Mitchell with his family. He worked for the Chicago Milwaukee Railroad, Johnson Furniture and United Auto Parts and for thirty years was employed by the South Dakota National Guard. On July 23, 1951, he married Myrtle (Mert) A. Byrd, in Mitchell. He had been a member of the American Legion, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and Quarterback Club. He was a member and past President of the South Dakota Enlisted Men’s Association and was an active member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church.
His memory will be cherished by his wife, Mert; two children: Sharon Toupal of Mitchell and Randy Stotz and wife, Mary of Mitchell, four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; one sister, Delores Phillips of Northglenn, CO, two half-sisters, Lavonne (Pat) Davis and Maradee (Joe) Bell and one half-brother, Gerald (Chris) Stotz all of Eugene, OR and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ivan and Eugene Stotz, and two sisters, Eileen Smyth and Leona Ruff.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Avera Brady Health and Rehab, Mitchell, SD.