Emil John Stoltz, a man of great strength and unwavering determination, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2024, at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, MN. Born on October 6, 1933, Faribault, MN, Emil was the beloved son of his late parents and the youngest of his 13 siblings.
Emil's journey began when he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country with great honor and pride. His time in the military allowed him to travel the world, stationed in Northern Africa and exploring various countries. These experiences shaped his perspective and instilled in him a sense of appreciation for the opportunities life presented.
After completing his service, Emil found his soulmate in Judy Nagel. On September 2, 1961, they were wed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, MN. Together, they embarked on a remarkable journey, embracing the joys and challenges of married life. The couple was blessed with two sons, Jeffrey and David, who brought immeasurable joy and pride to their lives. In 1980, recognizing the importance of nature's beauty and the serenity it offered, Emil relocated his family to the Alexandria area, where they could embrace their love for hunting, fishing, and trapping. In pursuit of new adventures, Emil and Judy also owned and operated the Lakeview Motel for a brief period, creating cherished memories for all who stayed there.
Emil had a career as a machinist in the manufacturing industry. Throughout his professional journey, he worked diligently at Dry Mor, Dealer Livestock, and Doege Manufacturing, showcasing his expertise and unwavering commitment to excellence. Emil spent several years working part-time as a custodian at Zion Lutheran Church and the Douglas County Library. He joined the Douglas County Public Works, where he served as their custodian and boiler operator. Not one to rest on his laurels, Emil retired at the age of 65, only to return to his beloved position at Douglas County Public Works a month later, dedicating his time and skills to maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of the facilities.
In his free time, Emil found solace in the great outdoors. Whether casting his fishing line, attending stock car races, or simply spending time with his cherished canine companion, Yelo, Emil found joy in the simplicity and beauty of life. Known for his strong-willed nature, he approached every task with determination and a commitment to doing it in his own unique way.
Emil is survived by his loving wife, Judy Stoltz, sons, Jeffrey Stoltz and David Stoltz (Julie Klopp); grandchildren, Jeremy Stoltz, Emmalyn Stoltz, and Nicholas Stoltz; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.
A Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 4-6 PM at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
A Funeral service will take place on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 10:30 AM at St. Luke’s Church in Garfield.
Interment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.