Robert Lee Stutesman, 83, of Casey, passed away at 12:39 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Indianapolis, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Markwell Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Wallace and the Rev. Ivan Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Clarksville Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Casey VFW and the Hazel Dell American Legion. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Masonic Rites at 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Robert L. Stutesman Memorial, c/o Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.markwellfuneralhome.com.
He was born on April 13, 1930, in Clarksville, the son of Everett Russel and Rosa Edith (Clapp) Stutesman who preceded him in death. While serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, he had a weekend leave to Abilene. He went to a skating rink and met Viola Zurfluh. Before he left for Korea, to become a member of the Rakkasans 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team as a paratrooper, he asked her to marry him, and on Aug. 18, 1953, they were married. After pushing her in a wheel barrow down Main Street, Abilene, Kansas in their wedding attire, they returned to Illinois and spent their honeymoon putting up hay for his parents. Viola worked side by side with Robert as they started farming and raising their family. They moved 10 miles south of Casey and started a business, Stutesman’s Garage, along with used car sales, salvage yard and a wrecker service.
They were blessed with three sons, Ronald, Benny and Robert “Bobby” Stutesman, who also worked side by side with their father in the family business. Robert and Viola were members of the Island Grove Baptist Church as well as being active in several organizations. They were married for close to 59 years until Viola’s death on July 17, 2012.