Allen Richard Staehler, 62
May 23, 1954 -- Sept. 16. 2016
Allen “Al” Richard Staehler died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in the afternoon. He was 62 years old.
Allen was born May 23, 1954, in West Bend. He was the third son to Roman and Regina Staehler. Allen lived in Kewaskum on the family dairy farm all of his life. He dedicated himself to taking care of the farm. Allen attended grade school at Holy Trinity and graduated from Kewaskum High School. He belonged to Holy Trinity Church in Kewaskum and was a devout Catholic who cared deeply about his faith. Allen’s sense of humor, simple nature and love for God is best remembered. Allen prayed the Rosary every night and mostly watched EWTN, but also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also liked watching MeTV, “The Andy Griffith Show” and “The Lone Ranger.” He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He was generous in donating to various charities.
Allen resided with his parents and helped with the farm. He felt it was his calling in life. He never married and was a very shy, quiet man. After his father passed away, he was left in charge of the farm and taking care of his mother. He devoted his life to the farm and taking care of others. Despite the challenges and struggles of everyday life, Allen was content with his life and thankful for what he was given.
In 2006, Allen agreed to the construction of a home, which he shared with his nephew, Brian. In the comforts of this home, Allen was able to have his own private living quarters. He was so thankful to be warm in the winter and able to cool off from the summer heat, a luxury the original farmhouse could not provide. He was also able to closely share in the love of Brian’s family, which included Brian’s wife, Lesa, and their two children, Hannah and Cole. Although Allen never married or had children, he soon took on the role of not only an uncle, but a parent and grandparent to Brian’s family. His love was always unconditional and genuine. Hannah and Cole adored him. Allen was a blessing to Brian’s family. Allen enjoyed going to visit his nephew, Kevin, in North Carolina. He rarely left Kewaskum, so this provided him with a new experience and a break from farming. He was excited to visit NASCAR races and other sites with Kevin’s family. Allen also enjoyed visits from his family and friends. They were sure to put a smile on his face. He appreciated the times his great-nephews, Collin and Taylor, would come help him on the farm.
Allen is survived by his farm dog, Tasha; two brothers, John (Karen) Staehler and Tom (Pat) Staehler; and nieces and nephews, Deb (special friend Joel), Rick (Kristin), Troy (Shelly), Brian (Lesa), Kevin (Tamara), Nick (special friend Mandie) and Katie (Andy). Also, he is succeeded by many great-nieces-and-nephews, Collin, Taylor, Maya, Ava, Hannah, Maggie, Cole, Sydney, Noah, Riley, Adalyn, Nia, James and Ava.
Allen was preceded in death by his loving parents, Roman and Regina, and their faithful farm dog, Harley.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Allen will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum with the Rev. Edwin Kornath officiating.
Allen’s family will greet relatives and friends at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Kewaskum Holy Trinity “Angel Fund.”
The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Allen’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.
A special thank you to the Kewaskum Rescue Squad, The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and St. Joseph Community Hospital and their staff, along with Chaplain John and the Rev. Edwin Kornath, who responded to Allen’s last needs along with family and friends.