Dennis Ray Stapelman was born Oct. 31. 1950, to Clarence “Bud” and Alice “Joyce” (Young) Stapelman, the fourth of five children and passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Seward at the age of 70.
Dennis was baptized and confirmed in the Union Presbyterian Church in Belden. As a young boy, he attended country school district #37, and later went to Belden Public School before graduating from Randolph High School with the class of 1969. While growing up, he was active with the boy scouts. Dennis enlisted into the Army Reserves in Norfolk and served for eight years. He furthered his education by enrolling in the building construction program at Southeast Community College in Milford. Afterwards, he worked as a maintenance carpenter for the college for more than 20 years. He continued being a local carpenter in the Milford area and was an avid collector of antiques. He attended the Milford United Methodist Church. He volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity and helped with the Milford Food Pantry from time to time.
Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Sharlene Stapelman, Belden, Gary and Debra Stapelman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; twin sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Meryl Loseke, Badger, Iowa; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and sister, Deborah Stapelman.
Dennis was cremated and there will be a celebration of Dennis’ life in May 2021 at the Milford United Methodist Church. He will be laid to rest at Belden Cemetery in the family plot. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation.