Robert Bob Stolzle

June 26, 1919 ~ July 2, 2010

Robert Thomas Stolzle, Sr., died peacefully in his sleep on July 2, 2010. Born on June 26, 1919 he was 91 years and 6 days old and had suffered from the effects of Alzheimer's disease during the last years of his life. A memorial service will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on August 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM with a visitation starting at 2:00 PM. There will be food and drink at Linda and Alan Perry's residence following the service. Interment will be Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Pinehill Cemetery.

Bob Stolzle, the youngest of ten children, grew up during the Great Depression on the farm homesteaded by his parents in Woodlawn, LA. At the age of 21, following his dream to fly, and finding a magazine advertisement for pilots, he hitchhiked to Canada and was accepted as a student pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force on Prince Edward Island. Following a year of primary and advanced pilot training, he served a year as an aerial gunnery instructor. After flying off bases in Quebec and Newfoundland and officer training he was sent to Halifax, England in June 1943. He was transferred to the Army Air Corps (predecessor of the USAF) in November of that year and flew the P-51 fighter with the Red Asses Squadron of the Pioneer Fighter Group. He flew 129 combat missions in his plane, the Lula Christine, had three kills and was one of the advance groups flying out of France after "D-Day". He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with 13 bronze and 2 silver oak leaf clusters as well as a Purple Heart, two Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and several presidential unit citations.

After VE Day, Bob was a flight instructor in Panama City, FL and Las Vegas, NV. He married Inge Poppelbaum in 1948. She was a translator working for the Air Force and they had met in Frankfurt, Germany when he was visiting relatives after the war. They had three children, Rudolph, who died in infancy, Robert Jr. and Linda. Bob's love of family replaced flying and he raised his in Woodlawn close to his boyhood home. He was devoted to his children and enjoyed hunting and family vacations. Bob worked at Continental Oil Company's refinery and petrochemical plants in Westlake and retired from there in 1980. After retirement, Bob and Inge enjoyed traveling with family and friends throughout the western United States and helping with their grandchildren.

Robert Stolzle, Sr. is survived by his wife, Inge, a son, Robert Jr. and his wife Delaine, and a daughter, Linda and her husband Alan. He also has six grandchildren: Linda and Alan Perry's children are Jessica Perry Alderson and husband Seth, Kayla Perry Fairchild and husband Jude, and Alex Perry who all live in Florida, Michael Stolzle and wife Hayley, Amanda Stolzle and John Stolzle, Robert Jr.'s children, all live in Kansas. He also has nieces and nephews too numerous to mention living throughout the country.

He was very much loved and will be deeply missed.

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  1. I grew up in Woodlawn. I remember a car that Bob had. A tan or grey Mercedes with a 3 cyl9nder engine. He drove that car to work and back and if you were luckey he would let you look at the car and especilly the engine. Maybe orange in color(car)that is. I had heard that he was a pilot in ww11 but never did ask him about it but I really wish that I would have. He did have a bi-plane that he gave rides to people but I was to young at the time. You have my condolences.

  2. I read in newpaper this am about Mr Bobs passing. I was 23 yrs old at conoco in 1967 and worked with him at the 200 section for a yra and half. I enjoyed the times spent in the smoke stand with Bob puffing on the pipe and telling me about how he got to be a pilot in canada then p51 pilot in us army air corp. I probably was one of the few who had the chance to view his photos of him shooting down 3 airplanes, and his medals. I can tell you for sure that he was a pleasure to work for and was a very understanding person. Hopefully I will have a chance to come by on saturday. Oscar Alex CarlsonI now own a ins agency in DeQUincy.

  3. Inge and Family: Your family was always such good friends of ours. Mom loved the Stolzles like her own family and enjoyed all of her telephone conversations with you and Bob. I remember Bob taking me for a plane ride in his Piper Cub. Much love and sympathy to all of you.

  4. My favorite memory of my Uncle Bob was when we went to get a Christmas tree in the woods,it ended with a game of us against the Indians. We also slid down haystacks and had so much fun. My uncle also gave me my first jewelery. A silver locket and chain with his picture in it.

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