THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert O. Stadelman
Issue Date: August 9, 2017
Robert O. Stadelman, 92, of Pound, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at Bay Area Medical Center.
Born in 1924 in Madison, to Robert C. and Evelyn P. Stadelman, he enjoyed summers working at his uncle's store in Pound in his childhood and moved there briefly in 1940. He then attended Madison East High School through his sophomore year and graduated from Marinette High School in 1942, riding daily in an old bus.
He completed a semester of school at UW-Madison before joining the United States Navy in spring 1943 and served as quartermaster on the USS Cotten destroyer-class vessel in the South Pacific. His fleet saw lots of action outlined in a journal he kept during this time of which were published in a local newspaper in 1995, 50 years after the end of World War II. He was an eyewitness to the raising of the U.S. flag over Iwo Jima.
After he earned a B.S. in business and worked in Milwaukee at American Appraisal and for Graybar Electric. He met Lillian Hanson in Milwaukee, formerly of Grand Forks, N.D. in 1952 and they were married in 1953 in Fox Point. They moved to Pound where he was acting cashier at Farmers State Bank and then promoted to cashier in 1953. He became Vice-President and cashier in 1959 and elected President on Jan. 30, 1973 until semi-retirement as chairman in 1985.
Active in the community, he was a past president of Tri-County Bankers Association and Beaver American Lutheran Church. He was a member and officer of Coleman Area Businessmen's Association and Coleman-Pound Lions Club, served nine years on the board of directors of Luther Home in Marinette and was a charter member of the Coleman Area Rescue Squad.
He supported his wife during her long illness from 2000-2011. He loved history, genealogy, dogs, crosswords, Seinfeld, his grandchildren and a good Manhattan. He was proud of his Italian ancestry through his grandfather, Joseph Brooks, who was born Giuseppe Brucciani in 1870 in Barga, Italy and was his connection to Pound.
He is survived by a son, Jeff; a daughter-in-law, Jean (Tews); two grandsons; a sister, Marilyn Thompson of Stevens Point and nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian and a son, Eric.
Per his wishes, no public services will be held but a remembrance and burial will be held for family and close friends. Memorials can be made to either of his favorite charities, National Parkinson Foundation and the Humane Society of the United States. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home is assisting the family