Date of Birth: February 18, 1940
Date of Death: April 15, 2013
Louis’ life story
Louis Wilmer Stier
On February 18, 1940 in Sand Creek Township, Louis Wilmer Stier was born to parents Wilmer August and Lela Bernice (Molkenbur) Stier. He was the oldest of six children. Louis’s childhood years were spent growing up first in Jordan, then Belle Plaine and finally settling the family’s roots in Shakopee. As a young boy, Louis loved catching any type of fish in the Minnesota River. In the winter, he and his buddies also enjoyed ice fishing and ice skating.
At the age of 17, Louis left school to join and proudly served in the United States Army. Stationed in Germany for two years, he was an expert pistol and rifle marksman in the Recon. Squad 15th Calvary. Louis also continued serving the Army in the reserves. Returning from Germany, Louis married a life-long friend, Elaine Hafemann on November 21, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, MN. They were blessed with five sons, Kevin, Terry, Louis, Dennis and Troy.
Louis’ first job was a mail carrier for the Unites States Postal Service. Louis and Elaine then managed the Shakopee American Legion Post #2, before he went on his own, building chicken and pole barns. Most of Louis’ career was spent in the manufacturing industry with companies of Theradyne, Kurt and later with Valor Manufacturing.
A love for the outdoors, Louis and his family enjoyed many weekends camping and fishing most recently spending time at the lake in their travel trailer, camping at Nevis and Clearwater. An avid Northern fisherman, Louis was also a talented archer. He enjoyed watching football and baseball. Louis and Elaine loved to travel, with the cruise to Alaska being the most precious. He spent countless hours sitting on the front porch watching the traffic go by.
One of Louis’ greatest accomplishments was earning his GED in 1973. The biggest passion was his family. He deeply loved his wife, relished being a father to his sons and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Even with a strong-willed personality and a funny sense of humor, Louis was a man of few words, with a deep love for his family. The early morning hours Monday, April 15, 2013, Louis was 73 years old, when he passed away peaceful with his wife at his side in their Jordan home.
Deeply missed and remembered always by those who loved Louis, wife, Elaine; sons, Kevin (Sharon) Stier of Prior Lake, Terry Stier of Jordan, Louis (Toni) Stier of Prior Lake, Dennis Stier of Shakopee, and Troy (Jennifer) Stier of Jordan; grandchildren, Erica (Joe) Stier-Kroiss, Angela (Jeff) Malek, Francis Stier, Barbara Stier, April (James Herbes) Stier, Michael (Anastasia) Stier, Elizabeth Lunde, Darren Lunde, Christopher Stier, Evan (Andrea Steele) Stier, Anna Stier, Cameron Stier, Ashley Stier, Lauren Stier, Hunter Stier, Madeline Stier; great-grandchildren, Gabby, Katie, Paige, Coraline, Lincoln, Brielle, James, Clara, Amelia, Malcom; brothers, Glen (Lois) Stier of Florida, Stan Stier of Shakopee, Wilmer Stier of Shakopee, Bruce Stier of Belle Plaine; sister, Karen(Gene) Hennen of Arizona; sister-in-laws, Laverne (Ron) Muehlenhardt of Henderson, Lois Hafemann of Le Seuer; other loving relatives and devoted friends.
Louis is preceded in death by his grandson, Eric Stier; daughter-in-law, Linda Stier; parents, Wilmer and Lela; parents-in-law, Herold and Viola Hafemann; brother-in-law, Robert Hafemann. Pall bearers for Louis will be Michael Stier, Christopher Stier, Evan Stier, Francis Stier, Jeff Malek and James Herbes.
The visitation will be on Sunday, April 21, from 4-8 pm at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home 104 West First Street, Jordan and one hour prior to the service at the church. The Celebration of Life Service will be on Monday at 11 am, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 100 Sixth Street West, Jordan. Pastor Jeremy Glowicki will preside. Louis will be laid to rest at Spirit Hill Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Jordan Vets Honor Guard.
The Stier family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Jordan Chapel.
When: Sunday, April 21, 2013 4-8 pm
Location: Ballard Sunder Funeral Home
Address: 104 First Street West
There also will be visitation at the church 1 hour prior to services.
When: Monday, April 22, 2013 11:00 am
Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Address: 100 6th Street West
Spirit Hill Cemetery