Elwin D. ‘Curly’ Stuemke

Elwin D. ‘Curly’ Stuemke, 67, of Altamont, died at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 2021 at his home.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 1, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont with Rev. Dr. James Wright officiating. Burial followed at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, February 28, at the church with a 3:30 p.m. Fireman’s Bell Service and for one hour prior to service time on Monday. Memorials may be made to ALIS, Altamont Sport’s Booster, or the Donor’s Choice. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elwin D. Stuemke was born on Tuesday, June 16, 1953 in Effingham, IL to Delbert and Mildred (Alwardt) Stuemke. He married April Seales on August 24, 1974 and she survives. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Immanuel Praise Team. Curly was a former member of the Altamont Volunteer Fire Department and was currently trustee/treasurer of the Altamont Fire Protection District. He sang the national anthem at Wrigley Field on several occasions. Curly was a longtime owner/operator of the Marathon service station in Altamont. He announced tractor pulls for many years throughout the state.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Kyle (Emily) Stuemke, Altamont, Kenon (Stephanie) Stuemke, Avon, IN, Kory Stuemke, Menomonie, WI; brothers, Melvin (Karen) Stuemke, St. Elmo, Eugene (Sandra) Stuemke, Altamont; three grandchildren, Brayden, Nathan, and Reed Stuemke; one granddaughter, Kennedy, on the way; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bart (Julie) Seales, Lori (Charlie) McCain, Penny (Jerry) White, Dean (Lesa) Seales, and Emilie (Monte) Wall; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sandy Stuemke; and brother-in-law, Clint Merkel.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com

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