Edmund Stotz


October 4, 1931 - April 9, 2010




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.



Monday, April 12, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, April 13, 2010
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Rites
Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Gerald C. Stotz on June 9, 2010
The deepest of sympathy to Mert, Randy and Sharon and families. Ed was the youngest of our father's first family and I was the youngest of our dad's second family. You can tell Jr. was born when our father was younger because he was about 6'4" or 5" and lean. I am 5'7" and stocky. That is not the only reason I looked up to him. The first time I saw Jr. I was about 7 years old. I don't think I had ever seen someone that tall or shoe's that large. A real regret in my life was that I never got to spend a lot more time with Jr. and family. Being in Oregon and you all in SD it was a long distance. It was so wonderful to have Jr. and Mert come out to Oregon just about 4 years ago. It was so much fun to spend the weekend on the Oregon coast with you both. My bother-in-law and I took Jr on a dune buggy ride on the sand dunes at the beach and Jr got his forehead and face really sunburned. Have a great picture of Mert putting lotion on Jr.'s face while we were all having a ice cream cone at the ice cream shop in Old Town Florence,Or. I wished you all could come back out to Oregon and could do it again in Jr.'s memory. I cherish all the pictures of that last trip you both made here. I wished we all could have made it back to Jr.'s service and to be with you all but God Bless you ALL and I am sure Ed is looking down on all of us with is GREAT SMILE. Love You All. Gerald (Jerry) Stotz. If any of you want to E-mail I am on face book and my address is there.
Posted by Richard & Shirley Flanagan on May 25, 2010
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Posted by Don Leetch on April 17, 2010
Dear Myrt,
I thought I had submitted my condolances here before but don't see remarks. As you know, Ed , Gene, You and I have known each other for a very long time. I am glad that I got to see Ed in July when "Andy" drove me to your home. We will all miss that great soldier so very very much. I do believe Ed loved everyone. I am very proud to have had him as a friend. Don
Posted by Bob Smith on April 12, 2010
I am very sorry to hear about Ed's passing. Ed and I spent time together a number of years ago at Fort Carson, Colorado. What a delightful human being with a wonderful sense of humor. I will never forget him.
Posted by Paul Chekola on April 12, 2010
My deepest sympathy to Mert and the rest of the family. As a young NCO in the 1st BN, 147th Field Artillery, I got to know Ed as Sergeant Major Stotz. A big title for a big man. His demeanor and bearing drew respect, but as we got to know him, it was the man Ed was that grain our greater respect and admiration. I will always remember Ed as one of the finest people and NCOs I have ever served with.
Posted by Conrad & Lora Smith on April 12, 2010
Our thoughts & prayers will be with all of you. Ed was a big man, but his biggest part was his heart and the joy for life he shared with everyone he knew. We will miss him.
Posted by Cheryl Austin (Stainbrook) (Houser) on April 12, 2010
Our thoughts and sympathy are with you. I was glad to have been able to see Mert and Ed and Randy's family after many years.
Posted by Paul Aslesen on April 12, 2010
Your loved one was one of the best. Ed was always there to support his soldiers.
Posted by Jim McEwen on April 11, 2010
Ed will be missed by many people. I met him many years ago when he was working as a National Guard Technician.
Posted by Ron Earley on April 11, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Ed! I was a fellow Guardsmen and friend. He truly was a remarkable man. I always had the utmost respect for him. May God bless your familyand keep you with cherished memories. I'm sorry I can't be there for Ed's funeral. My wife and I are still in Texas.
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