Clarence Stehl

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Clarence Elmer Albert Stehl, 85, of Smithton, IL, born August 20, 1933, in Hecker, IL, died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at the New Athens Home for the Aged, surrounded by his wife and family.

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;
13 great-grandkids;
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

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



6 Comments on Clarence Stehl

Frank X Heiligenstein said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2018 at 7:24 PM

I am sure sorry my good friend passed away as I was hoping to see you all at Mc Donalds in the near future when I got my new leg I will sure miss him............

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Dale. Blaes said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Our sympathy I. The loss of your Father and Husband. May He Rest In Peace

  • Marissa
  • il
Candace Krausz said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2018 at 10:12 PM

My condolences to all the family. Your Dad was a great person he will always be in my prayers & all of the family!!!! So so so sorry to hear about your dad!!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • Ill
Dawn (Becker)Lloyd Schenewerk said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2018 at 4:23 PM

Our condolences to my childhood friends. Your dad was always working hard to make the yard beautiful, the town better, your mom smile or earn a living to raise all of you kids. We had a great respect for Clarence and loved stopping by later in years just to say hello and visit for a bit with both him and Mary. We will cherish those moments forever. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.

  • MO
Kevin Rohr said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2018 at 12:24 AM

Thank you for all the years as a great family man a great neighbor and letting us kids play football in your yard You are a great man and ill never forget ya R.I.P. Clarence

  • Millstadt
  • Ill
Rose Mertens said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2018 at 11:42 PM

Deepest sympathies to Mary and all the children, he will be missed by many. Prayers from Charles and Rose

  • Smithton
  • Il

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