Wilbur C. Stoen

Monday, February 6, 2017 6:18 am

Wilbur C. Stoen, 90, of Decorah, died Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017, at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Big Canoe Lutheran Church in rural Decorah, with the Rev. Kurt Bockoven officiating. Inurnment is in Big Canoe Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, and Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., one hour before the service, at Big Canoe Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Organist is Kathryn Thompson. Soloist is Rachael Buresh (“The Lord’s Prayer”). A duet will be sung by Rachael Buresh and David Judish: “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.” Congregational hymns are “Just A Closer Walk with Thee” and “Lift High the Cross.” The Luren Singing Society will sing “Den Store Hvide Flok,” “Aftensang Evening Song” and “The Table Prayer.” Honorary bearers are Rev. David Andreae, Todd Duncan, Jim Gray, Jim Jordahl, Walter Langland, Dave Roslien, Larry Stoen, Alan Thies and Will Thies.

Wilbur Carsten Stoen was born April 22, 1926, in Spring Grove, Minn., the son of Knut and Mildred (Leikvold) Stoen. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. Wilbur graduated from Decorah High School with the Class of 1944. Wilbur was united in marriage to Eunice C. Hexom Aug. 29, 1948, at Big Canoe Lutheran Church. The wedding ceremony was performed by her father, Rev. William Hexom. This union was blessed with two children, Barbara and William. Wilbur was a dairy farmer for many years. He was very active at Big Canoe Lutheran Church, including having served as Church President. He was chairman of the Board of Directors of 4-Square Cooperative in Spring Grove, Minn., was very active in and served as a Winneshiek County Soil Conservation Commissioner for many years, was president of Sons of Norway, active in the Torsk Club, the Highlandville Literary Society, the Luren Singers, and the Elks Club.

Wilbur is survived by his wife Eunice; his daughter Barbara (Don) Dowd of Cedar Falls; his son William Stoen of Decorah; three granddaughters and five great-granddaughters: Shannon (Dayle) Jones, Olivia and Emma, of Littleton, Colo.;, Melissa (Paul) Boeke, Charlotte and Georgia, of Madison, Wis.; and Molly (Neil) Mulholland, and Norah, of The Netherlands; and by two sisters-in-law, Caryl Stoen of Ridgeway and Darlene Stoen of Decorah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Knut and Mildred Stoen; two sisters, Betty (Norman) Thies and Norma (Max) Shaffer; and one brother, Eugene Stoen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District, 2296 Oil Well Road, Decorah IA 52101.

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