Obit: Stocker, August #2 (1862 - 1939)

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Surnames: Stocker, Leiby, Olson Johnston, Kroyer

----Sources: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 04/20/1939

Stocker, August (26 MAY 1862 - 11 APR 1939)

August Stocker, retired stone mason, died at his home here of Angina Pectoris on Tuesday evening, April 11th, 1939. He had reached the age of 76 years, 10 months and 15 days.

The deceased was born in Switzerland on May 26, 1862. He has been in America since 1867 and lived at Waupaca, Oshkosh and Dale, Wis., before coming to Thorp (Clark Co., Wis.) in 1924. His wife, Caroline Leiby, preceded him in death many years ago.

Kindness, generosity, willingness to help, nobleness of soul - these are the qualities of a great man. All these were found in his unusual and colorful personality. Straight and forthright, there was no task, no great trouble, no duty, no huge burden, no situation, with which he would not cope. An act of helping, of giving, or of friendliness were to him a common daily occurrence. The poor, the helpless - felt the kindness of his hand and its gentleness confronted them. With always a firm character, a firm grip, and a firm step, he took the roughest path through life, which at it termination holds the most glorious reward. He had conquered where others had given up in trying. He had built where others were content with crumbled ruins. He had smiled when others had turned to frowns. And thus, time left his shoulders slightly bent, but his character still undaunted. Long will he be remembered by his many friends and neighbors in this community as a kind friends. And like a great tree in a forest among many, his falling made an empty space and left a lonesome place in many hearts.

Surviving relatives are five sons, Ernest, Siguvarey, Ia., Walter, Victor, Ia., Raymond, Kaukauna, Wis., Arthur, Rhinelander and Herbert of Waupaca; two daughters, Mrs. Louis Olson, Pardeeville and Mrs. A. Johnston of Waupaca; and one sister, Mrs. Barbara Kroyer of Appleton.

Mrs. Anna Andres, Mrs. P.W. Smith and Mrs. Agnes Robinson of Thorp, friends of the deceased, attended the funeral services which took place at the Reformed Church at ten a.m. April 14 at Dale, Wis., Rev. Victor Grossheusche officiating. Burial was made in the Union Cemetery at Dale. Pallbearers were, Frank Griswold, Joh Leppla, Frank Emmons, H.G. Price, Harry Bock and Fred Grossman.



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