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ASK, Stanley R. 1927-2022


Posted By: Karen Feldt Robertson (email)
Date: 5/10/2024 at 10:54:34

Stanley Ask was born on June 24, 1927 on a farm south of St. Ansgar and 95 years later on, August 10, 2022, peacefully passed away in the same farm house.

Funeral Services will be held on August 13, 2022 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Osage, Iowa with Pastor Lance Kittleson officiating. Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery at St. Ansgar, Iowa.

At the young age of 5, Stanley became the "man of the house" after the passing of his father. Rudolph Ask and his mother, Guia (Nubson) Ask worked diligently to fulfill her promise of "keeping the boy on the farm". In the early years, Standly and childhood buddy, Kenny Kittleson, walked to Country School Rock No. 2. He later attended St. Ansgar High School, graduating in 1945. The day after graduating he left to serve in the Navy, in WWII. Stan then returned home to farm: fulfilling his lifelong dream of raising hogs, cattle, and crops.

On an evening out to a local roller rink, according to Stan, Darlene Barrows, fell for him at first sight. Darlene quick to correct, said she fell into him because she couldn't stop. Regardless of the story, thus sparked a romance and the couple married on August 1, 1953, at the Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, MN.

Stanley loved people and served through his work with the church, the Americal Legion, Pork Producers, Beef Producers, and as a 4-H leader. He was passionate about bringing affordable electricity to the rural community, serving on the St. Ansgar REC Board for 37 years, many as President. His kids and grandkids have many colorful memories, as Stanley was innovative; if he didn't have a tool, or a part, he'd make one, like multible 'grapper sticks', fishing gadgets, or various bird houses. He was a keen wood-worker and helped with countless 4-H projects. His culinary skills were unique; a very large bowl of popcorn covered with half butter, half lard or his specialty, a pile of marshmallows on a paper plate, covered with chocolate chips, microwaved until puffy, all eaten with a large spoon. Stanley treasured fishing with friends and grandkids, solving the world's problems with Stoney Creek coffee buddies, and a good game of Aggrevation. He was a lover of dogs and lab, "Keg" kept him company until the end.

Stan is survived by children: Janice Marsh of Bahia, Ecuador, Wayne (Sheryl) Ask of Rosehill, Pam (Joe) Marzen of Stacyville; grandchildren Paul Tynan, Rudy Ask, Mandy (Ask) Murphy, Amy (Ask) McNeal, Nicolas Marzen, Lucas Marzen, Katie (Marzen) Schell, Leigh Marzen; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Connie Johnson; step grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Stanley is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene of 62 years; parents Rudolph and Gunia, daughter-in-law Carol Ask, son-in-law Warren Marsh.

We will remember the bright blue eyes, the hearty laugh, and parting message, "Drive carefully, watch out for kooks, I love you and bye for now".

Date of Birth June 24, 1927
Date of Death August 10, 2022
Funeral Service August 13, 2022 Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Osage, Iowa
Burial First Lutheran Cemetery, St. Ansgar, Iowa


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