Delbert W. Stiegemeier, son of Ernst and Emma Stiegemeier, passed from this life on July 25, 2022, at 4:44pm. He was born on August 9, 1923 and joined their quickly growing family. He served proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II after attending Staunton schools. After returning from military service, he married J. Eleanora Polka and settled into a house on Harris Street where they raised their children: Kathy (Randy Legendre) JoEllen (Kevin Zuber), Del David and Mary Sue Stiegemeier. In his early years, he was employed by the Progressive Grocers warehouse but, tuberculosis changed his career path. He then attended barber college in Decatur, IL and began an internship with Bill Krug in his shop. Later he joined Bill Jacobs, then became his own boss at Del’s Barber Shop near Pio Frank’s Hardware store. In the late 1980s, he ran for and was elected to the office of Staunton City Clerk, an office he held for two terms. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the KC Council 2197 and served a term as it’s Grand Knight. He was also a member of the Staunton Lion’s Club, and Concordia Singing Society, and the Staunton VFW Post #1241of Staunton, IL. In 2021 he was elected to the IBCA Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball for his dedication to the local high school program as scorekeeper and statistician.
He is survived by his children, grandchildren: David (Erin) Legendre, Kari (Bill) Weise, Jon (Stefanie) Legendre, Sara (Kevin) Meyer, Brad (Angie) Legendre, and Elizabeth Sievers. Great Grand Children: Anni Dustman, Madelyn, Haris, Kennedy, Carter, Kadyn, Corbyn and Declan Legendre, Delaney and Blaine Sievers, and Alyssa Ridens. Step-great grandchildren: Lauren and Kennedy Meyer. A sister-in-law Bernice Stiegemeier as well as nieces and nephews: Alan Stiegemeier, Sharon Stiegemeier, Tamra (Tom) Hack, Iona Kay (Mike) Yanutola, Craig (Barb) & Dennis (Sarah) Stiegemeier. Several great nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents and wife, Fena. Brothers Melvin (Clara), Vernon (Norma), Clifford (Lucille), Myrl (Iona), Ray, Billy, and James. His sister Eileen (Bill) Machota and their children Brian and Marcia Kay.
Del created many Dollhouses and wine racks for St. Michael’s Octoberfest raffles and countless home projects for family members! He could figure out a way to fix almost anything. Sunday breakfast meetings at his house after church are legendary!
Friends may call from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Staunton. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Staunton with Father Tom Hagstrom officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.
Memorials may be directed to the Staunton Food Pantry, St. Jude Hospital for Children, the Delbert W. Stiegemeier Scholarship Fund for the trades, the DAV Transportation Van Service or The Staunton Elementary Patriot Club.
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Staunton Helping Hands/Food Pantry
PO Box 111, Staunton IL 62088
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Staunton Fifth Grade Patriot Club
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Delbert W. Stiegemeier Scholarship Fund for the trades
703 E. Leonard St., Staunton IL 62088