The Ottumwa Courier


August 26, 2013

Paul Stocker

ALBIA — Paul Ernest Stocker, 87, of Albia, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Monroe Care Center in Albia.

Paul was born March 10, 1926, to Clarence Moses and Mildred (Grooms) Stocker on the family farm southeast of Albia. He graduated from Albia High School in 1943. Paul married Betty Rose Caudill Dec. 8, 1946. To this union, five children were born, Cathie, Michael, Rebecca, Mark and Lesa.

Paul drove a truck for Russell Hindman and then became a welder for John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1979 after 30 years. He also farmed all of his life.

Paul was very active in the First Christian Church, where he was a member and board chair. He was also a 50-year Master Mason, charter member of the FFA, chairman of the Monroe County Democrats, Selection Cemetery sexton, Monroe Township Trustee and was in the Monroe County Ag Hall of Fame.

Paul is survived by five children, Dr. Cathie T. Siders and Dr. Carol Aschenbrener of Washington, D.C., Michael P. (Ann) Stocker of Albia, Rebecca L. (David) Hetrick of Garden City, Kan., Mark A. (Janice) Stocker of Des Moines, Lesa A. (Scott) Kaldenberg of Eden Prairie, Minn. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Aaron (Kim) Siders of Atlanta, Ga., Matt (Kathy) Stocker of Albia, Alex (Mallory) Stocker of Albia, Tyler and Sarah Stocker of Des Moines; seven great-grandchildren, Case, Cali, Cole, William, Charity, Maria and Kathleen; a brother, Dr. Dean Stocker; and a sister, Marjorie Spain, both of Albia; four sisters-in-law, Elvina Stocker of Davenport, Ethel (Joe) Lahart of Georgetown, Alberta Friday and Catherine Caudill, both of Albia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife Betty; his parents; and three brothers, C.J., Floyd and Darrell Stocker.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Albia; with Rev. Lynda Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Selection Cemetery in Monroe County.

Visitation will begin at noon today at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with Paul’s family present throughout the day and evening. Masonic Rites will be at 6 p.m. today, held by Astor Lodge 505 of Albia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Christian Church, Monroe Care Center or Masonic Lodge 505 of Albia.

Condolences may be left for the family at

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