Donald R. “Don” Stuckel

Don R. Stuckel, 73, of Independence, Missouri passed away peacefully on January 27, 2017.  Don was born August 12, 1943 in Long Prairie, Minnesota to Arthur and Clara Stuckel.  He served 3 years in the US Army, stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Don and wife JoAnn moved to Independence, Missouri 22 1/2 years ago. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, “The Missouri Family” and making trips back to Minnesota to spend time with his daughter and 2 grandsons.

Don is survived by his wife JoAnn, daughter Kim, grandsons Parker and Carter Fish and a brother John Stuckel.  Don was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Clara Stuckel and sister Nanette (Stuckel) Burger.

A memorial gathering will be held 4-6 PM on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Heartland, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133.




  1. Lonnie and Judy Waldvogel on January 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    We were so sad when we heard of Dons passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. He will always be in our memory and hold a special place in our heart. Gone but never forgotten.
    Lonnie and Judy

  2. Wanda payonk on January 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I often wondered where you were. Very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Condolences to you Joann Kim and the entire family.

  3. Lee Kirsch on January 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Don is my wife’s uncle and by extension mine. I have many fond memories of Don as a fun loving, wise, caring guy. In particular, one time when he teased me mercilessly over my timid handling of a leach when fishing in Minnesota. Unfortunately, where I grew up by the sea we used pile worms to fish, which look like leaches on steroids, and they can pinch and draw blood. Always one for a good ribbing.
    He was truely a wise man and there were many times he would advise and steer me straight when I discussed issues. Don had a wisdom that a lifetime of hard work brought but he never forgot his roots as a Minnesota farm/country boy. Advice was often casually given mixed with analogies and lessons from his own life. My life was the better for knowing him. May his soul live eternal with our Lord Jesus and may his memory remain in our hearts.

  4. Mike Ebensteiner on February 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I loved Donny, he was great guy and one of my favorite people and brother-in-law’s. He was a well-read salt of the earth kind of guy. I always enjoyed our time together and the BS sessions. We just spent several hours together over the span of a few days in Sauk Centre in December not imaging that would be our last conversation. I’ll miss those light hearted exchanges. Conservative to the bone and not afraid to share his views and opinions. I’m reminded of a deep sea fishing trip to the Farallon Islands outside of San Francisco. Great day, lots of fun and tons of fish. Donny lost his fishing rig over board while helping me untangle the mess in my real. Don simply looked at me in frustration and said “%$#@ you’re worse than fishing with a little kid”. Ouch, sometimes the truth hurts. Don’s sudden passing reminds me that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. He left us a great example to live life to the fullest, enjoy your friends and love your family and be ready to meet our Lord and Savior. We’ll miss you Don.

  5. Deb Teigen on February 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    My condolences to the Stuckel family. While I didn’t know Don personally, I do remember stories about him and most were very funny. You heart goes out to your family at this difficult time.

  6. Bob and Kris on February 2, 2017 at 6:22 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss!! I remember Donny growing up…he always stuck up for you Kim, for all of us!! He was a great man and I can’t imagine how much you all will miss him. Hugs and prayers to the family for strength during this very difficult journey. May you relish in memories and continue to make Donny so very proud of you from his new Grand place in Heaven!!

  7. Geri Ebensteiner on February 2, 2017 at 10:45 am

    My thoughts about Don span over many years. He is my brother-in-law.
    He was a genuine down-to-earth guy with a big heart & strong beliefs. His calm peaceful demeanor made me feel so comfortable talking to him about anything -and- if you wanted advice, he’d give it. That’s how I will remember him.
    Don’s life was a blessing to all who knew him and the memories we have are treasures-not to be hidden, but shared.
    Don, you will be missed!
    I loved him! Those were my parting words to him just a short month ago.

  8. Chico and Lori Hellmann on February 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Our thoughts and prayers for Don’s family. He was a gentle giant! He will be greatly missed.

  9. Cyrilla Michael on February 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Joann, had a nice visit with you in Dec. in Mn. So very sorry to hear about Don. Our prayers go with you!

  10. Renee on February 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Please continue to stay in touch. I have so many fond memories of you while we worked together and got together.

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