Clarence was a member of Local 520 Union Operating Engineers for 50 years, and owned Stehl’s Trenching Service for 11 years. Later he went on to work for Veile Construction until he retired. Clarence donated many hours to serve his community. Along with spending time with his family, he enjoyed farming and hunting at his farm in Ellis Grove, IL. He was truly happy on a piece of machinery or a tractor, watching things grow at the farm or in his garden. Mr. Stehl was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. He was a United States Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Anna Mae, nee Herzog, Stehl; and a brother, Armin Stehl.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary C. Stehl, nee Helfrich, whom he married on January 9, 1958;
his seven children, Jeffrey (Julie) Stehl, Karen (Barry) Schuhardt, Jane (Thomas) Sebeck, Susie (Danny) Reppell, Mark (Joyce) Stehl, Thomas Stehl,
and Michelle (Kevin) Deckard;
14 grandchildren, Andy (Kate) Stehl, Nicki (Mike) Schilling, Timothy Stehl (Nikki Agne), Lindsey (Danny) Schrader, Corey Schuhardt, Amy (Josh) Pryor, Alyssa (Andy) Mueller, Lauren (William) Donald, Christen (Drew) Bendick, Sara Preston, Lucas Preston, Owen Deckard, and Jillian and Jared Smith;
and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Memorials may be made to New Athens Home for the Aged or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Fr. Stan Konieczny officiating.
Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, Smithton, IL.
Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL