Funeral services for Richard Charles Stigleman, 64, of Montgomery will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Tree of Life Lutheran Church with Rev. Gerald Kline officiating. Entombment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 2003 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Richard Stigleman was born March 29, 1939 in Richmond, Indiana and got to Texas as soon as he could. He passed away on September 9, 2003 in Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Hazel Stigleman and sisters Betty Wood and Gail Dearing. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diana. Children Elizabeth Runyon of Allen, Texas, Gerald Stigleman of Lewisville, Texas, Rick Stigleman of San Diego, California, Bob Stigleman, Jeff Stigleman, Cathy Stigleman, and Susan Stanley of Richmond, Indiana, Dennis Miller, Jr. of El Paso and Brian Miller of Parker, Colorado.
Richard dearly loved his grandchildren, Jessica Runyon, Candice Stigleman, Taylor Stigleman, A.J. Stigleman, Steven Stigleman, Danielle Younts, Tyler Younts, Jennifer Stigleman, Kyle Stigleman, Megan Miller, Emilie Miller, Bryson Miller, Rain Turcotte, Audra Miller and Trey Miller. Also surviving are sisters Wanda Wesler of New Paris, Ohio, Judy Stigleman of Richmond, Indiana, and brother James Stigleman of Winchester, Indiana. Bunches of wonderful nieces and nephews, especially Jill Dearing, will always remember his loving sense of humor.
Richard was a retired commercial printer (actually, a four-color stripper!) and was a charter member of Tree of Life Lutheran Church. The young people of Tree of Life were especially precious to him, in particular his prayer partner, Jake Eickenhorst.
He always had the time and energy for his family and friends, serving as President of his churchs Congregation Council and, most recently as the Evangelism Coordinator. He devoted many hours to developing the first pictorial directory for his church and working with the churchs web page. He freely gave of his time and talents to teach children spiritual and moral values. He taught them how to laugh through skits and his wonderful sense of humor. He was not above wearing goofy headgear to make the children laugh-his latest choice being a lobster hat for Vacation Bible School. He had a very special place in his heart for children. He always believed that a man never stood taller than when he stooped to help a child. Not only was he available to the children, he was always available to his friends and family for advice and counsel Richards passions were camping with his friends at the Frio River, photography, listening to classic rock and roll, working with his church and pulling pranks on his friends. He had an uncanny ability to be absolutely incorrect with his weather forecasts, a talent that endlessly amused his camping friends.
Despite many years of battling cancer and heart disease, he never complained. He went to cardiac rehab at Conroe Regional Medical Center five mornings a week without fail, encouraging other participants to continue their recovery.
Pallbearers are Rick Stigleman, Gerald Stigleman, Bob Stigleman, Jeff Stigleman, Dennis Miller and Brian Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Finke, Michael Finke, Tom Schmidt, Larry Bohac, Steve Bodman, Chris Bohac, and Keith Jenkins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tree of Life Lutheran Church Youth Program.