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William Chester Stow 1911-1962


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/6/2014 at 21:05:41

William Stow Found Dead At Tuttle Lake
Dolliver – William Stow, 50, lifetime resident of the Dolliver area and owner and operator of Stow Grain Company, Inc., was found dead this morning by his son Perry, 16, along the south shore of Tuttle Lake about two miles northeast of here.

County Medical Examiner Dr. L.W. Loving said Stow apparently died of a self-inflicted wound from a 30-06 rifle that was rigged in a tree.

Loving said Stow had been in failing health for about the past three weeks and had been despondent.

Dr. Loving said Stow left his home about 6 a.m. When he failed to open his elevator at 7 a.m. as usual, a search was started and the body found by the lake.

Survivors include his widow and mother, Mrs. O.P. Stow, his son, Perry, and daughters Mona and Jane, living at home; Marsha, who is attending school in the twin cities; Luann Stow Basart, who recently graduated with honors from Iowa State University; and Patsy, living in California.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sandin-Fuhrman Funeral Home in Estherville. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, June 26, 1962)

Stow Rites To Be Held On Friday
Dolliver – Funeral services for William Chester Stow, 50, who took his own life yesterday morning near Tuttle Lake, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Dolliver Methodist Church.

Stow was born July 19, 1911, here, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Stow and attended the Dolliver school and Estherville Junior College. He spent his entire life if Dolliver and was a longtime member of the Methodist Church here.

He was married July 30, 1937 to Luella Guddal at Algona. His widow, his mother, five daughters and a son survive. The son and daughters are Mrs. John (Luann) Basart, Ames; Mrs. Robert (Patsy) Stubbins [Stebbins], Oakland [CA]; Marsha of Minneapolis; Perry, Jane and Mona at home.

Stow’s father and one brother died before him.

The Roger Tappmeyer will officiate at an 11:30 a.m. family service and at the 2 p.m. public observance. Burial will be in the Dolliver cemetery.

Friends may call at the Sandin-Furhman Funeral Home from this evening until 10 a.m. Friday, when the body will be taken to lie in state at the church. The casket will not be opened after the services. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, June 27, 1962)


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