Verlyn F. Stahl, 83, of Paxton passed away peacefully at the Sutherland Care Center on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Verlyn was born on Oct. 30, 1934 in Paxton to Fred and Alvina (Hahn) Stahl. Verlyn grew up in Paxton and attended Paxton Public Schools graduating in 1952. While in school Verlyn participated in football, basketball, track and baseball.
Verlyn served in the United States Army in Germany with the 69th Signal Company. While there he received the National Defense Service designation, Sharp Shooter medal and Good Conduct Medal with an Honorable Discharge on Feb. 21, 1956.
On May 25, 1956, Verlyn was united in marriage to Donna Suhr at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paxton. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Michael and Steven. On May 25, 2018, Verlyn and Donna celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Verlyn was employed by Nebraska Public Power District for forty years. During weekends, he also served as part- time deputy marshal for Paxton. He served 10 years as a part-time deputy in the Keith County Sheriff’s Department and in 1973 designated by the State of Nebraska Governor, J. James Exon as a deputy state sheriff.
Verlyn and his wife, Donna were avid motorcycle enthusiasts. They traveled to many states during the summer months as well as belonging to an area group of other motorcycle riders that met at different locations in the area for dinner.
Verlyn is a lifetime member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Paxton. He assisted in school activities, Special Olympics, served on the village board, was fire chief, served on the cemetery board and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
Verlyn was always involved in the Paxton Community and was proud when he and Donna were chosen as the Grand Marshals of the Paxton Labor Day Parade.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; sister, DeEtta Hartman of Cozad; nephew, Douglas (Sharon) Hartman of Columbus, Mitchell (Sandy) Hartman of Lincoln, sisters-in-law, Marlene (Leo) Griffiths, Doris (Darrell) Farnsworth, and Bonnie (Bill) Wendland, all of Paxton; and other relatives.
Veryln was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Alvina Stahl; father and mother-in-law, Walt and Marie Suhr; and sons, Michael and Steve.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 6 at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Paxton with JA Welch officiating. Burial will follow at the Paxton Cemetery with military honors.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala is entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences may also be shared at drauckerfuneralhome.com where the service will be live streamed for those unable to attend.