In Memory of

Stanley J. Sitzmann

August 29, 1930 - November 26, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

Stanley Joseph Sitzmann, the son of Edward Sitzmann Sr. and Agnes (Carel) Sitzmann of 

Hinton, IA, was born on August 29, 1930. Stan was the 9th of 13 children. Ed Jr., Billy, Dale, Mary, Howard, Marjorie, Alfred, Paul, Jermaine, Annette, Alice. One sister, Joyce, passed in infancy. His childhood years were spent growing up on the family farm south of Neptune Church. He helped with farming chores. His early education was a one room school house where his mother taught for a while and later attended Trinity School in Sioux City.

He 1952 he entered the Army and served on the front line as an artillery gunman and later became a Sgt. during the Korean War. He married Louise Probst on August 23, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Church in LeMars. They raised 5 daughters: Susan Ammons (Apopka, FL), Mary Davis (Prescott Valley, AZ), Lisa Loucks (deceased), Brenda Ruppert (Sioux Falls, SD), LeAnn Parsons (Brandon, SD)

 He held various jobs in his early years of marriage including farming, silo building, welder and foreman at Lundell Manufacturing in Cherokee. He retired at an early age due to a blood clotting disorder. This opened his lifestyle to community service.

 Stanley worked part-time for the city of Cherokee, dragging the slow pitch ball fields, while running the concession stand and announcing the evening games.

Stanley got involved with the Head Start Program as the bus driver in 1972.

 His commitment to service and community included being a member of the Immaculate Conception Church with his wife Louise for 60 years, the VFW life member, Lion’s Club member 45 years, Knights of Columbus 3 terms Grand Knight, 1 term district deputy, National board member of Headstart for 4 years, PAL Club served 2 terms and starting up a Needy Children’s Auction to help clothe the children he drove to Head Start pre-school.  His auction had become a town tradition over the past 50 years. He loved dressing up as Santa during the Christmas season and always had homes to visit.

  He had always been a sportsman since his days at Trinity high in Sioux City; participating as a cheerleader as well as fast pitch softball and Golden Gloves boxing that he shared with his older brothers.  He began pitching for several fast pitch softball teams over a 20 year period.

His other hobbies included golfing, as a member of the Cherokee Country Club for 45 years, he won the club championship in 1984 and 1985. He also loved playing cards, fishing for bullheads, ice fishing and trapping.

 On November 26,2020, Stanley passed away at Cherokee Regional Medical Center, at the age of 90. He is preceded in death by his wife, Louise Sitzmann, his parents Edward Sr. and Agnes Sitzmann, his siblings  

Ed Jr., Billy, Dale, Mary, Howard, Marjorie, Alfred, Jermaine, and Annette; along with children Lisa Loucks and infant son Stanley Jr.

 He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Susan Ammons, Mary (Gene) Davis, Brenda (Martin) Ruppert, and LeAnn (Chuck) Parsons, brother Paul, sister Alice and grandchildren: Chris McManus, Aaron McManus, Abigail, Harding, Jake Leese, Jessica Warren, Allison Parsons, Clint Parsons, Brooke Eggars, Amanda Loucks, Chelsea Baker, Amber Loucks-Kankovsky, Michael Ruppert, and Cassandra Schock; along with 12 great-grandchildren.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA).

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 11, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited. Face masks and social distancing will also be required for those in attendance.

We will be live streaming the funeral service starting at 10:30 a.m. on our Website.
Father Mark Stoll
Chris McManus
Brady McManus
Aaron McManus
Michael Ruppert
Clint Parsons
Ben Hupke

Gene Davis
Steve Loucks
Marty Ruppert
Chuck Parsons
Chuck Ammons
Ray Leese
Patrick McManus
Public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Due to COVID restrictions we will only be allowed to have 15 people in the funeral home at one time and face masks and social distancing will be required.
"The Irish Blessing"
"Prayer of St. Francis"
"On Eagle's Wings"

Organist- Charlotte Groves
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Military rites by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 and the Cherokee American Legion.


Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“Our sympathy goes out to all Stan's family. We too have many good memories of Stan and Lou over the years. Don played softball with him, worked on the Children's Auction , and were great friends! Stan hired our daughter to work in their concession stand and helped the other daughter walk beans. They appreciated that in those days. He always greeted us with laughs and good conversation.. He will be missed!”
- Shirley Bright
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. We met Stan through headstart. Then we discovered he attended church with us. My girls always had to sit by Stan. They loved him and he lived them. Stan will always be one of a kind. He will be a guardian angel for so many. ”
- Dawn Shea
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 4:49 PM
“I have a lot of great memories of Stan and he will be missed. He would give his honest opinion on anything whether you liked it or not.
- Patrick McManus
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 4:49 PM
I’m sorry for the loss of your Dad. He had a very full life and I’m sure you will keep him in your heart. Glad you could make it back to comfort him in his final days
Love, Bev & Ron”
- Bev & Ron Brown
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:18 AM
“We are so very sorry for your loss and keeping you in our prayers! Memories of Uncle Stan make us smile, what a fun guy!”
- Kyle and Lisa Sitzmann
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:18 AM
“Dear Sitzmann Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Stan’s passing. I got to know “Stan the Man” while working at the golf course as a teenager. I will always remember how full of life he was! Always upbeat and happy and loud. And a pretty darn good golfer, too! He was definitely the best caller (is that what you call them?) at the annual Calcutta. I will always remember Stan. He made me feel like I was something special and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. My condolences, and I hope you all a great celebration of his life.
John French”
- John French
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:18 AM
“Thinking of you all today and remembering better days when the family were alive, vibrant, and playing cards while us kids ran amok! Hope you are all together and feeling similarly blessed to have had Buster and Lou in our lives. ”
- Mark Sitzman
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“Hey girls ... we were sad to hear about Uncle Stan. We were so glad we came over to your moms visitation and then went out to the assisted living and talked to him thru the glass window using his cell phone for about 45 minutes. He laughed and talked snd it was just how we remember him ... always full of life ! He will be missed at our reunions and I know him and Lou are together again ...RIP uncle Stan!”
- Ron and Shari Sitzmann
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“I am so sad to hear about Uncle Stan passing . I have so many fond memories of your mom and dad and all our family get together a. You guys have had a rough year. I won’t be able to make the funeral but know I will be there in spirit and plan to watch the live stream. Sending hugs to you all.”
- DeeAnn Schreiner
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“I love you grandpa! You were the best, you will always be missed Papa!!”
- Joella
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss Susan. Heartfelt condolences. ”
- Irene L Lines
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with Stan's family. He was a wonderful man and because of his continued community outreach programs in Cherokee, as a child I always had a Christmas present even when my family could not afford one. He was always the face of Santa to me, even though I knew him for driving school buses and attending church. It is sad to hear that Cherokee has lost such a pillar of their community. May eternal rest be granted to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Rest in peace.
- Theresa Martin
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:29 AM
“Stanley will be missed! Always had time to tell a story! RIP Stan!”
- Dennis Gries
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Sending my cousins our heartfelt condolences. May the wonderful memories of him fill your heart as you go thru this difficult time.
There is no better memory than that of uncle Stanley and his contagious laughter. ”
- Krista Reuter , Tim Barendse and Colin
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Sitzman family- so very sorry to hear about Stan. May you find comfort knowing Lou and and Stan have been reunited. Prayers for peace. ”
- Jim & Brenda Perrin
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Mr. Stan as I used to call him was an amazing person. He cared for many people especially children. As a family he would help I had my child with me and he made sure that I had to get that baby a box of candy canes to sugar up my little one with a huge smile on his face. I had the pleasure of taking care of him as well he loves lots equal with his cereal I would design little smiley faces out of them to make him smile in the mornings. Truly an amazing person and my deepest sympathies to his family.”
- Amber Frazier
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Stan helped my parents at church when my dad was confined to a wheelchair. He will be remembered for his good deeds. May he rest in peace.”
- Jack Schmillen
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to your family. Stan will always be remembered for his kindness and hard work for the kids of Cherokee.”
- Duane and Linda Christensen
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:09 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to the Sitzman Families, Thanks Stan for all of the great things and activities participated in. Rest in Peace. ”
- Duane Mummert Mummert
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:09 PM
“To the family of Stan Sitzmann , We lost another great guy and friend. The Hy Vee donut shop will notice a significant drop in glazed donuts sales. I will miss our spring fishing at Spirt Lake , there was never a dull moment. Thanks Stan for everything.”
- Michael Moller
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Stan.He gave family’s so much and now can’t see the pictures of what their parents got them”
- MelissaEberly
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. I wonder how many softball games he will call in Heaven. 🙏🙏🙏”
- Jerry and Vicki Menkr
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Our citizen of the year has been reunited with his beautiful Lou. God bless Stan, you’ll be missed by the many you provided for!!”
- Doug Woods
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Our sympathies to your family. Dean was in the coffee group with Stan. That was a lively bunch! Solving all the world's problems. I am more impressed with Stan's work to raise money for needy children at Christmas time. What a kind heart!
- Glenda Parrish
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Stan’s passing. He was such a great man. Thoughts and prayers to all. ”
- Christi Grohe
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Heartfelt Sympathies to the entire Sitzmann family. Growing up on the Cherokee, golf course, one would get to know Stanley well. The Sioux Valley Match play golf tournament, will now have a huge void with his loss, and so will the youth of the community, whom he devoted much of his time to.”
- Scott Stratton
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Stan was the greatest man in Cherokee he always gave to the needy families and dress up as Santa. He has gained his Angel wings for sure. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Stan will be missed dearly but we know he is with his wife and and others. R.I.P. STAN YOU HAVE DONE YOUR DUTY. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊”
- Amy Strahmann Booher
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. We had a lot of good times with your family.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏”
- Todd and Betty Thoma
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“My love to all . Stan will be forever etched in my heart. A very special man who was a true soldier of Christ. Stan u gave your time, your commitment, and mostly your forever love to every child you ever met. You loved genuinely, and without a doubt, you are a legend to me. I pray God places me to help others as you have done for countless children who could not. See you when I get there , until then u call all those ballgames up there fair . You were loved. My deepest sympathy to all of stans loved ones including the thousands of friends he made throughout his lifetime ”
- Michele Boomgaarden
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“Louise and family,
Praying for peace and comfort in your loss of your husband and father. Stan was such a joy to know. He did so many good things.
Kendall and Sharon Henkel”
- Sharon Henkel
Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 8:16 AM
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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