Charles Joseph Stultz
April 19, 1953 ~ August 11, 2014
Visitation will be Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, SD, from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Memorial services will begin at 10:30am, Friday, August 15, at Heritage Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD, with Pastor Jerry Merkouris officiating.
Charles Joseph Stultz was born April 19, 1953, in Madison, NE, to Charles D. and Ann (Von Rentzell) Stultz. He was the eldest of nine children. Charles graduated high school from St. Edward High. He started driving trucks and hauling freight shortly afterwards. On September 28, 1974, he married his wife of thirty-nine years, Deb Acklie, in Norfolk, NE. They eventually moved to Dakota City and then on to the Sioux Falls’ area in 1988. Charles continued to haul freight right up until his health would no longer permit him to drive.
Charles truly enjoyed life and believed it was all an adventure. His philosophy was to not dwell on the negativity, but to keep life simple and enjoy everything while he could. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to go hunting antelope and pheasants with his sons. He enjoyed sitting on the back deck and watching the birds and just soaking up the peacefulness. Sports, and especially the Huskers, were also a favorite pastime for him. Card games and board games showed his competitive edge as he and Hope dominated everyone at Pitch. Charles loved his family more than anything else as they always came first. Giving his granddaughters rides on the four wheeler, teaching them to shoot guns, or reading them bedtime stories (which weren’t usually the real words but something he made up to go with the pictures), are memories the girls will never forget.
Charles will be deeply missed by his wife, Deb; two sons, Dana Stultz, Rapid City, and Dusty (Hope) Stultz, Brandon; three grandchildren, Athena, Aura, Rayleigh; his parents, Charles and Ann Stultz, Norfolk, NE; seven siblings, John (Karen Amend) Stultz, Norfolk, NE, Kathy Stultz, Lincoln, NE, Marcia Love, Gunderson, CO, Jim Stultz, Dallas, TX, Bill Stultz, Minden, NE, Dan (Boone) Stultz, Overton, NE, and Carlin Stultz, Dallas, TX; his mother-in-law, Irma Acklie, Madison, NE; and four brothers-in-law, Ron (Amy) Acklie, Clearwater, NE, Roger (Kathy) Acklie, Madison, NE, Neal (Diann) Acklie, Norfolk, NE, and Randy (Ieda) Acklie, Norfolk, NE; and many nieces and nephews.
Charles was preceded in death by a brother, Michael, and his father-in-law.