Vernon C. Stabe
Vernon C. Stabe, age 93, passed away peacefully into Godís arms, surrounded by his loving family at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Vernon Carl Stabe was born April 6, 1929, to Karl Stabe and Amanda Heimgartner Stabe. Vernon was raised on a third-generation family farm east of rural Hinton. The Stabe family farm was founded in 1884 by his grandfather, Johann Stabe. He attended country school which was walking distance of the farm. Vernon started farming with horses at a very young age and his love for horses, driving teams and farming developed into a lifelong passion. On Aug. 26, 1950, Vernon married the love of his life, Elsie Sitzmann, and they settled on the family farm and started their life together building a wonderful family. The couple lived on the Stabe Family Farm for over 60 years and raised six kids. He took over the family farm raising crops and livestock in 1972 and with the help and dedication of Randy by his side each day, they poured everything they had into making the farm a success until Vernon moved into town in 2018.
In 1958 Vernon went to school in Mason City to become an auctioneer and later established Stabe Auction and Realty with his wife, Elsie. In 1976, he was joined by his son and auctioneer Randy building successful years of sales conducting well over 1,000 auctions!
Colonel Stabe was also known as Dr. Ben Dova (volunteering as a St. Lukeís Caring Clown) for many years, bringing cheer and good wishes to patients all along the way. He also volunteered his time at numerous area organizations conducting charity auctions raising funds for a cause and this has been carried on by Randy to this day. At Christmas time, he could be seen around town dressed as Santa as he volunteered for multiple engagements and charities in that role bringing Christmas cheer to the Siouxland community. He was also a wedding minister and presided over some very special wedding ceremonies for family and friends.
Vernon will be fondly remembered for his unbelievably strong faith and commitment to the Lord. He was incredibly proud of the life he built with Elsie in raising their family with the same beliefs and grass roots. He was dedicated to his faith, family and his love of the land and the animals he raised and nurtured. He shared his love for music by singing for everyone and spreading joy with his voice. He LOVED to sing!!! He was very quick witted, full of sarcasm with a keen sense of humor. His hard-working nature, being an amazing caregiver, incredible father, grandfather and great-grandfather and ability to respond to anyone in need at a momentís notice was an obvious strength. He lived a long and full life and one he can be extremely proud of.
Survivors include five of their six children: Bob (Sheila) Stabe, Jeanne (Henrik) Petersen, Randy (Shelley) Stabe, Teresa (Scott) Petty, and Dennis (Karlene) Stabe and son-in-law, Steve Langel; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, and close family friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; his daughter, LuAnn Langel, son, Donny (in infancy); his parents, Karl, and Amanda; brothers, Ralph, Rueben, Marvin, and sisters Esther, Hilda and Agnes.
Pallbearers will be Vernonís grandsons: Ben Stabe, Bryce Stabe, Jeff Lackore, James Stabe, Marcus Stabe, Tyler Petty, Dustin Petty, Brian Langel, Brent Langel, Caden Stabe and Chase Stabe. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernonís granddaughters: Christa Adamson, Missy Kerns, Marcia Masker, Brittany Stabe, Kaitlyn Stabe, Kaylee Stabe, Lindsey Petty, Miranda Stabe, and Addison Stabe.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 29014 Lake Ave., Hinton. The Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab will officiate. Burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran cemetery with lunch to follow at the Hinton Community Center, everyone please join us. Visitation with the family present will be Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Vernonís name to Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen and Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers and staff at Bavarian Meadows in Remsen for their loving care of dad. They treated him like family, and he felt right at home. Thank you to Rexwinkel Funeral Homes for their caring services.
Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.