THIEF RIVER FALLS - Jon J. Stimac, 46, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at MeritCare Northwest Campus as a result of a vehicle accident near Thief River Falls, Minn.
Jon Jeffrey Stimac was born Nov. 21, 1962, at Minneapolis, the son of Richard and Bev (Walker) Stimac. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crosby, Minn. He attended elementary school in Crosby until the seventh grade and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls, Minn., in 1981. After high school he worked at Hartz Foods in Thief River Falls.
Jon enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1983. He served overseas in England, McChord Air Force Base near Seattle and Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston. He received his honorable discharge in May of 1988. After military service, Jon lived in various places including Colorado, Texas and Florida, then, prior to his 10-year reunion in 1991, Jon made his home in Thief River Falls. He went to work for Steve Nordhagen at Les's Sanitation, Thief River Falls in 1995, and has worked there ever since.
He loved ice fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors; he was the family provider for fresh walleye and venison. He grew up playing sports, including baseball, hockey and football. He especially enjoyed hanging out with family and friends and would do anything for them. Jon had a knack to make you laugh and could turn any negative situation into a positive one!
Jon is survived by parents, Bev (Howard) Watkins, Thornton, Colo., and Richard Stimac, Golden, Colo.; brother, Rick Stimac, Merrifield, Minn.; sister, Sheryl (Dan) Howerton, Golden, Colo.; and brother, David (Christy) Stimac, Alamogordo, N.M.; and one niece on the way. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
We love Jon and will miss him every day!
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Friends may call on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby and one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.
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