In Memory of Paul L. Stahlman

Paul L. Stahlman
Paul L. Stahlman
Born: January 21, 1929
Died: November 16, 2016
Age: 87
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Paul L. Stahlman
January 21, 1929 - November 16, 2016
From: West Des Moines, IA | Originally: Nevada, IA

Paul L. Stahlman, age 87, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and formerly of Nevada, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Fountain West Health Center in West Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Nevada, with Pastor Chris Waddle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Nevada Municipal Cemetery, with military honors by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada. 

Born January 21, 1929, in Nevada, Paul Leonard Stahlman was the son of Harvey and Ethlyn (Lock) Stahlman.  He grew up and received his education in Nevada, then attended Simpson College in Indianola.  Paul served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954.

On May 6, 1956, he was united in marriage to Maxine Spading.  The couple shared a special bond and commitment to each other and was blessed with three children, Jane, David, and John. 

Paul was a partner in the Dahl’s Food Market chain for many years and made his home in Des Moines and later in Kansas City.  He was a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years, and also was involved in Shriner’s International, Royal Arch Masons, the American Legion, and Elks Club. 

Family time was important to Paul, as evidenced by many happy memories made boating and building a cabin at Lake Ponderosa.  He and Maxine enjoyed spending time at Lake of the Ozarks.  Paul’s classic cars, including a Willys, Mercury, and Mustang, were an additional source of pleasure and earned him several trophies at area car shows.

Survivors include three children, Jane (Dave) Washington of Elkhart, David (Sue) Stahlman of Plymouth, MN, and John (Karen) Stahlman of Plano, TX; six grandchildren, Sarah (Matt) Carufel, Andy Stahlman, Anna Washington, John Washington, Emily Washington, and Lauren Stahlman; a niece, Sandy (Ron) Otto; and a nephew, Steve (Marty) Stahlman.

He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine in 1997; his parents; and a brother and his wife, Junior and Winifred Stahlman. 

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Paul and his family.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:36 AM
“Paul was a conciderate and helper with all of us that worked with and for him. I had the previledge of
working and sharing 10 years with him in Kansas City. There are several in one's life that can be
attributed with acquiring success and Paul was one of them. I'll be always grateful. Jack Inman”
- Jack Inman
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:38 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.”
- Bob Reinertson
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:38 PM
“Jane, David and John, We are so sorry to hear of your Dads Passing. Our prayers will be with you at this difficult time. I know my Mom and Dad so enjoyed there visits with your Grandma to Wisconsin.
God Bless,

Bill & Linda”
- Bill and Linda Lock
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:38 PM
“It is with great sadness that we have heard of Paul's passing last week. I had the great privelidge to work
with him at the Grand Ave Store in WDM in 1966. Then in 1979 I was trasferred to KC to again work for
him as a Store Mgr. He was great to share and work with him. There's much that could be said about
Paul but if He were here, He would say "That's enough". To all in the family He and His wife Maxine
were great inspirations to me and so many others involved in the stores in KC. Jack Inman”
- Jack Inman
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10:00 a.m.
Monday, November 21, 2016
First United Methodist Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor Chris Waddle


Sarah Carufel
Andy Stahlman
Anna Washington
John Washington
Emily Washington
Lauren Stahlman


4-6 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, Iowa
Military honors by the
American Legion