Jarold Keith Stottlemyre, 75, formerly of Houston, Mo., died July 15, 2011, in Germany due to complications of a fall during a three month stay in the hospital recovering from a stroke.
He was born May 18, 1936 ,in Clara, Texas County, Mo. He was the son of the late John “Ed” and Vera Mae (Coats) Stottlemyre.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one infant sister, Betty Stottlemyre.
In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army after attending Houston High School, Houston, Mo. He served his country from 1953 to 1974 with tours of duty in Virginia, Fort Campbell, Ky., Germany, and Alaska. Jarold served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and was awarded medals, including the Vietnam Service Medal w/5 Campaign Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device and National Defense Service Medal. He remained in Germany after his retirement from the 101st Airborne Division in 1974.
After his retirement from the military, Jarold was employed by the private sector in Germany for the companies of Singer (1974-1987) and Lauser (1987-1995). Jarold dedicated his time to the care and assistance of fellow veterans and served as a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Europe. His VFW dedication included the position of Commander, Post 10810 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Jarold is survived by four children and three grandchildren. Three children and three grandchildren from his first wife, Martha “Liz” Stottlemyre, Patricia (Richard) Allen of Middleburg, Fla., Richard Stottlemyre of Clarksville, Tenn., and Rebecca (Graham) Hodges of Franklin, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Joshua Magnus of Chicago, Ill., Richard Harold Allen Jr. and Rachel Allen of Middleburg, Fla; Jarold’s youngest son from his second marriage, Jerry Dean Stottlemyre, resides in Karlsruhe, Germany; his brother, John Stottlemyre of Cabool, Mo.; a sister, Mary Cartledge of Aniwa, Wisc.; two nieces, Wendy (Aaron) Katzmarek of Stevens Point, Wis., and Katie Cartledge of St. Paul, Minn.; and one nephew, Toby Cartledge, Aniwa, Wisc.
In Jarold’s memory, the family requests that you make a difference in a veteran’s life by a visit, a phone call, an online donation to Veterans of Foreign Wars at http://www.VFW.org/contribute, or when you meet a veteran, simply say “Thanks for your service.” Jarold gave his best to his country, family, and friends; and for that, we are all proud of him. May God Bless all those who serve our country.
Memorial services will be held at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Ky., located next to Ft. Campbell, Ky., at a date to be determined.