William E. Stockelman


William E. Stockelman, 78, of Columbus, died at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after a long battle with cancer, at Four Seasons Healthcare.

Born Aug. 6, 1936 in Seymour, he was the son of John B. and Nellie G. White Stockelman, both of whom preceded him in death. On June 12, 1960, he married Hazel M. Kuehn. She survives.

William was a graduate of Seymour High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, having enlisted in October 1954. He was honorably discharged in October 1958. After his discharge, he went to work at Columbus Tool and Machine. Upon leaving there, he was employed at Arvin Industries, retiring in 1999 as a master toolmaker.

William was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where he was a printer for several years. He was a cub master with the Cub Scouts, bowled with his Arvin co-workers, played darts at church and enjoyed square dancing and camping for many years throughout his life. William also enjoyed farming in his free time.

Besides his wife, survivors include sons, Daniel Stockelman of Nevada, Texas, Michael (Sandra) Stockelman of Memphis, and Tim (Rebecca) Stockelman of Columbus; brother, Ronald (Henrietta) Stockelman of Freetown; sister, Shirley Gulley of Dallas, Texas, and sister-in-law, Connie Stockelman of Texas; and grandchildren, Jacob Stockelman of Seymour, and Molly Stockelman of Memphis.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur and Dennis Stockelman; and a brother-in law, Rodger Gulley.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus with the Pastor Mark Tieke officiating. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour or St. Peter’s Lutheran School.

Visit www.jewellrittman.com to view a video tribute after 2 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and/or send a message to the family.