Owen Willis Stagemeyer

Friday, November 18, 2022

Owen Willis Stagemeyer

Sept. 15, 1935 - Nov. 17, 2022

ARAPAHOE, Neb. — Owen Willis Stagemeyer, age 87, long-time Arapahoe resident, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at his farmstead of 70-plus years.

Owen was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in rural Frontier County, Neb., to William and Mary (Schutz) Stagemeyer. He was the third of three children.

Owen was baptized into the Christian faith on Oc. 13, 1935, and was confirmed on May 15, 1949, both at Salem Lutheran Church. He attended District 17 from age five to the sixth grade, completing the seventh and eighth grades at Salem Lutheran School. His family moved two miles east of Arapahoe, providing Owen the opportunity to attend and graduate high school from Arapahoe in 1953. He continued his education at McCook Community College, earning an associate’s degree in 1955.

Owen was united in marriage to Shirley McMains on Feb. 25, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe. To this union they were blessed with four children: Linda, Mark, Will, and Jeff.

Owen farmed east of Arapahoe nearly his entire life. He also sold insurance.

Owen served on many local boards, notably the Arapahoe School Board for 10 years. He enjoyed keeping a large, meticulous garden and loved to tinker with anything that might need to be fixed. Owen was always a sports fan, having followed his grandkids sporting events for years. His truest earthly delight was being with his family.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Victor and Donald Stagemeyer; son, Will Stagemeyer; and grandson, Austin Anderson.

Those left to cherish his memory is daughter, Linda (J.D.) Anderson of Arapahoe; son, Mark (Julie) Stagemeyer of Arapahoe; and son, Jeff (Kristin) Stagemeyer of McCook, Neb.; grandchildren, Miranda (Mike) Nanfito, Hastings, Blake (Indigo) Anderson, Boulder, Colo., Kaylee (Chris) Bartels, Imperial, Jessica Stagemeyer, Arapahoe, Chelsea (Matthew) Hageman, Alma, Justin (Aubriel) Stagemeyer, Bertrand, Emily Stagemeyer, Springfield, Mo., Peyton (Katie) Stagemeyer, North Platte, and Holland Stagemeyer, Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Marshall Nanfito, Miles Nanfito, Kallan Bartels, Blakely Stagemeyer, Hayden Stagemeyer aand Greyson Stagemeyer; sister-in-law, Mildred Stagemeyer; brother-in-law, Donald McMains; along with nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, from 3-5 p.m., at Garey Funeral Home, 652 Main St. Arapahoe.

Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arapahoe, with Rev. James Moshier, officiating. Burial will follow at Arapahoe Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Faith in the Fight Endowment of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Garey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and personal reflections may be left at gareyfuneralhome.com.