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Kenneth William "Stelz" Stelzmiller
June 26, 1930 - March 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Mannhaven, ND
Residence: Culbertson, MT formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 86

Kenneth W. “Stelz” Stelzmiller, 86 , formerly of Williston, ND, more recently of Culbertson, MT, passed away peacefully at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Kenneth William Stelzmiller was born June 26, 1930 on the family farm in Mannhaven ND, the son of George and Martha (Ellwein) Stelzmiller. He was the oldest of four children. He was raised on a farm near Pick City, ND and attended country school before attending and graduating from Hazen High School in 1949.
Ken attended Dickinson State College and played football for one year before entering the US Navy in January 1951. He served at the Navel Receiving Station in New Orleans from 1951-1952. In 1952 he transferred to the Brooklyn Naval Receiving Station and served on the USS Bennington for two years. After being honorably discharged he continued his education at the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. In later years he furthered his education with graduate studies.
Ken’s first teaching and coaching position was in Leeds ND. He was there for eight years before moving to Williston, ND in 1967 where he taught for 25 years before retiring in 1992.
Ken was united in marriage to Barbara Andrews on August 11, 1968. He recently entered the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson, where he enjoyed the wonderful care he received.
Ken was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Williston Moose Lodge # 239. He was also a member of the Elite Fitness Center, where he did more socializing then working out.
In retirement and when able, Stelz loved to read, play golf, watch his son and grandsons activities and generally gave everyone a bad time in his own unique way; especially at several coffee groups he attended.
He is survived by wife Barbara; son Keith; grandchildren: Drew Baldry, Katelyn (Neuville) Odenheimer and Mackenzie Montague; sister Marion (Robert) Spears; brother George (Marti); half sister Nikki (Norlyn) Schulz; “special brother” Ivan Ellwein along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father George; mother Martha Fiergola, brother-in-Law Robert Spears, daughter-in-law Shannon Montague; and many aunts and uncles.



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Gary Rooks (Williston, ND)
Mar 17, 2017
Good Bye "Stelz"
Jeanne Knudsvig
Mar 17, 2017
Barb & Family
My prayers & thoughts are with you! Ken was a great teacher & always enjoyed visiting with him. May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..

Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne
Sheila Cote (Kuna, ID)
Mar 18, 2017
Barb and family, My condolences on the loss of Ken. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Loved my visits with Ken at the El Rancho and the Moose Lodge. He will be missed.
Carolyn Lynch (Williston, ND)
Mar 18, 2017
Barb and family,
Sorry to hear about Ken, I did not know him, but will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Maureen Laqua (Williston)
Mar 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We had a lot of laughs at Elite. I think we did more coffee drinking and gabbing than exercising. Great guy, he will be missed.
Peggy J Slough (Williston)
Mar 18, 2017
Fond memories-I will never forget the Stelzmiller shuffle. Thank you for making your class interesting
Joan And Pete Shields (Onamia, MN)
Mar 18, 2017
Barb and Keith, Our hearts and prayers are with you. Ken was such a wonderful guy. He will be missed.
Clyde and Janell Sailer (Williston , ND)
Mar 18, 2017
Barb and family, we so enjoyed celebrating Ken's birthday this past summer.He was such a nice man. Sending prayers.
Elaine & John Strand (West Fargo, ND)
Mar 18, 2017
Dear Barb and family: Remembering Ken from the Card Club gatherings, What a sense of humor he had!!! John also taught with him and enjoyed his friendship. Our sympathy to you. John and Elaine Strand
Carol Borlaug (Baxter, Mn)
Mar 18, 2017
Barb, so Sorry for you Great Loss!! I always enjoyed him when he would come and visit me in the High School kitchen, really enjoyed his different sense of humor, he was a AWESOME MAN!!!!
Jack and Chris Olson (Williston, ND)
Mar 18, 2017
Condolences to Ken's family. Ken was a dear friend, not only to me, but also to this community, his students, and to all those whoever met him. May your memories of Ken be filled with with the assurance that we have all been blessed ... and challenged to be better people because of our opportunity to learn from the type of life that he lived.
Larry Larsen (Mandan, North Dakota)
Mar 18, 2017
Ken, may God guide you on your odyssey through eternity.
Nancy and Duane Andersom (Williston, ND)
Mar 18, 2017
So sorry to hear about Ken our thoughts and prayers are with you
Leon Helstad (Trout Creek, MT)
Mar 19, 2017
My condolences, He was my favorite teacher so many years ago in high school.
Chad Zubke
Mar 19, 2017
I remember him pulling me aside and taking me responsible for my actions. Great teacher and installing in me the true meaning of having integrity in words and actions.
Brent Colby (Fargo, ND)
Mar 19, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of his passing. Stelz was a great man and a life long influence on me. I greatly admired him.
Lisa Johnson (Bellingham , Wa)
Mar 19, 2017
Thank you Mr Stelzmiller for contributing to our sound education! Wishing your family peace. Lisa Johnson. WHS class of 1982
Mark and Laurie Wrolson (Williston, N.D.)
Mar 19, 2017
Barb-Keith and family- Ken was one of my favorite teachers at WHS, not only because I learned so much from him but also how much fun we had in his classroom, he had a great sense of humor and we all respected him so much. Ken was also one of the coffee gang at Elite gym, not only did Ken make learning fun, he and his buddies made working out fun, they would joke around with everyone and everyone really enjoyed our gym and coffee time with all of them. Stelz - you'll be missed my friend.
Dawn Shaffer (Grand forks, ND)
Mar 19, 2017
Condolences to your family.
Renae (Kjorstad) Dorrity '90 (St. Michael, MN)
Mar 19, 2017
Keith and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Prayers for your family.
Dean R. Martinez (Prescott , AZ)
Mar 19, 2017
Had Stelz for class and enjoyed his Econ class. He made learning fun and was a great mentor and will be missed by all.
Dean R. Martinez, NBA, USAF-Ret, WHS Class of 1982
Joan Nygaard
Mar 19, 2017
Sorry to hear, my sympathies to his family. He was a memorable teacher.
Susan (Forthun)Bradford
Mar 19, 2017
Loved working at the high school with Mr. Stelzmiller. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. I was sad when he retired, and I am so sad to hear of his passing. May wonderful memories comfort you.
Sandra Tkach Lerbakken (Casper, Wyoming)
Mar 19, 2017
I remember Steltz very fondly as one of my favorite teachers. Such a kind soul!! Your smile will be forever missed!! Thank you for being so good to me!
Leslie Hanson (Bismarck, ND)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb and Family,

Steltz was one of the good guys. Randy and I were both lucky enough to have him at WHS. He will be missed. Prayers

Randy and Leslie Hanson
Laurie Flexhaug (Denver, CO)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken was a sweet man.
Peggy Kjorstad-Kaatz (Minneapolis, MN)
Mar 20, 2017
Remembering his teaching of Social studies--learning of civil disobedience. One of a few teachers who's teaching have stayed with me all these years later.
Condolences to his family.
Carol Nelson (Valley city , Nd)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb and family. Sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this trying time.
Julie (Nyquist) Treib (Williston, ND)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb and family:
I was blessed to have been a student of Mr. Stelzmiller. His classes were humorous and we're down to earth. I will always treasure those days at WHS! May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace.
Laurie Flexhaug (Denver, CO)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken was a sweet man.
June Huff
Mar 20, 2017
Barb, Keith, & family
Thoughts and prayers are with you. He was such a very nice and unique man and will be missed by many.
Michele Young (Eden Prairie, MN)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb & Keith~ Our family had so many memories with Ken & your family! He had a great smile and loved to make people laugh:)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Kimberly and Verdane Georgeson (Maddock, ND)
Mar 20, 2017
Barb. I'm so sorry to hear that u lost Ken. My heart hurts for you. Hang in there. Hugs
Kathleen Culey Kepner (El Cajon, CA)
Mar 21, 2017
I did not know Ken but he was part of my family on my mother's side, Germaine Stelzmiller Culey. I am sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Roxanne Carns (Yankton, SD)
Mar 21, 2017
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He made my job at the El Rancho much more enjoyable with his smile and we all enjoyed waiting on Barb and Ken. Sending prayers to his family.
Lenny Johnson (Bismarck, ND)
Mar 21, 2017
Keith and Family
Sorry to hear of the loss of Ken.
Sending Prayers

Kristi King (Williston, North Dakota)
Mar 21, 2017
I had Stelz for Econ in high school. He would put a penny on the tip of his shoe and kick it up and make it into his shirt pocket! RIP
Terrie Turbiville (Bainville, Montana)
Mar 22, 2017
My dearest Ken, oh, how you touched my life. I was so very blessed to know you, to care for you, and love you. You gave me two beautiful friends I will cherish forever--Barb and Keith. Thank you for the memories. Love Terrie--and the sheep!
Linda and Harold Dragseth (rural Williston , ND)
Mar 22, 2017
Barb, Keith and Family -Ken was such a great man and we are so glad we got to visit with him at his birthday party in Culbertson .Our prayers are with all of you
Michele Moore (Williston, North Dakota)
Mar 22, 2017
Mr S. was one of my favorite teachers. I was always late for his class so he would keep me after class..I always asked if I could erase the chalkboard.He always gave me extra credit for it and then dismissed me from class.
KATHY BEROSIK (williston, nd)
Mar 22, 2017
Barb and Family: My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Ken. He was a great neighbor. My prayers are with you all.
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