Keith Edwin Stoltze was born February 18, 1960, to Robert and Elaine (Neddermeyer) Stoltze in Sioux City, Iowa. Keith died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 14, 2022. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charter Oak where he was a lifelong member.
With a strong faith in Christ, Keith waged a ten-year battle against cancer with courage, gracefulness and a positive attitude at all times. When asked how he was, his response was always a smiling "I'm good."
Keith graduated from Charter Oak-Ute Community School in 1978. After graduation he attended Huron College in South Dakota with a football scholarship, transferring a year later to Iowa State University, graduating in 1982 with a BS in Agricultural Business.
Keith farmed with his parents until he could no longer farm. He was dedicated to the agricultural profession serving on the Pork Producers Board and ISU Extension Council, and mentoring his nephews.
Keith cherished his family and friends and was cherished in return by them all. He loved to travel with family and friends, traveling nationally and internationally. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and participated in dart leagues winning many competitions!
After leaving farming, Keith continued gardening and worked on becoming a great cook. He shared his bounty and creations at every family gathering. Never one to be idle, Keith always had projects going: whether it be putting a pond in on his property, restoring an old building, updating his house, or fixing things that were broken.
Cherishing his memory are his siblings Robert Jr. (Annette), their children, Jamie (Jenna), Jason, Matthew (Kristin) and their grandchildren Tyler, Trevor and Carter; Lois (widow of Daniel), their children Anne, Sonya and Daniel, and their grandchildren, Amelie and Jameson; Bruce (Celeste), their children, Bruce Jr, Andrew (Suzanne), David, Michael and John, and their grandchildren, Mason, Lydia, June, Zara, Benjamin, Vera and Alice; Susan (Randy), their daughter Jennifer (Jared), and their grandchildren, Gabriel and Brigid; Nancy (Terry), Nancy's children, Laura (Jason), Catherine and Elizabeth, and their granddaughters, Isabella, Olivia and Jordyn; his aunt, Eva Wickert; and his many relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, Robert and Elaine Stoltze, and brothers William and Daniel.
Keith's family would like to thank all of the medical professionals who helped Keith with his battle against cancer. This includes caregivers at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Bliss Cancer Center, Mary Greeley Hospital, Crawford County Memorial Hospital, Israel Family Hospice House, GraceWell, and Crawford County Hospice.
A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Charter Oak with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment is in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Charter Oak. Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation.
"I enjoyed being Keith's teacher in Charter Oak-Ute School. He was such a joy and always was kind and interested in all of those around him. I am so sorry I was unable to attend his funeral, as he was always so special to me. MY sympathy to his family and loved ones. . He will be missed, especially that smile!! Virgie Deiber Henningsen."
"Sorry for your loss. Keith put up a great fight. You and your family are in our prayers. Kim and Peggy Krieg"
"We would like to extend our sympathy. Keith was always a good neighbor. He was friendly and pleasant. We had such good times when he participated in the community plays. After all his struggles with cancer, he is resting peacefully with Our Lord."
"SORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY'S LOSS
BRYCE AND DENISE MEEVES. BRENT MEEVES CLASS OF1978,
"So sorry to hear of Keith's passing...My sympathy & prayers to his family. Enjoyed working with Keith & his dad as I assisted them with their conservation work on the farm with my work at the NRCS office. Many of the Good Ones move on too soon as we all seem to find out the hard way. God Bless. May the Lord's Peace be yours. Lynna Miller "
"It was our honor to know and care for Keith at IFHH. So glad that he could get back to the area that he loved so much. God Bless all of your family. Susan H IFHH"
"My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers for Keith and the Stoltze Family. May you all find comfort in memories and in the knowledge that Keith is in the loving arms of Jesus . "