"How shall I know, unless I go,
To Cairo or Cathay,
Whether or not that blessed spot,
Is blest in every way?"
"I had a good life and did a lot of really neat things," he said to me last night. "Would have liked to have gone to Greenland, seen the fur bearing seals in Lapland, and maybe go to the Antarctic."
That was Otto Stoepler, always wanting one more adventure. Know this one will be everything and more!
Born in New Braunfels, Texas and graduated with a Masters in Education from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (aka Texas State). He married Billie Lang in 1956. His children, Sharon, Arthur, Andrea, and Darleen were privileged to share in, oh so many of his experiences. He was a homesteading pioneer in Texas, Washington, and Alaska. He was always up for an adventure. He traveled the world and his favorite way to get "there" was by cruise ship…if they had a casino on board…even better. He loved parades, Wurstfest and Oomph bands, and Mariachis in full Charro regalia, too. He was a teacher by trade but he was also a hunter, fisherman, gold miner, arrowhead hunter, builder of log cabins and sheds - large and small, one heck of a gardener and a rancher, too. He loved raw oyster, King crab, chicken fried steak, pickled okra, hermit cookies, divinity, brownies and marshmallow cream - the list does go on and on! OMG almost forgot the BLACK PEPPER!
If we learned one thing from Otto, there is always one more hill to climb, scene to see, project to complete, and fireworks to pop. Your legacy, we see in the faces and personalities of your grandchildren and great grand children. As we travel down the roads of our lives we will always hear "look around, look around – you might see something"!
Thanks for the adventure, Otto… "It's been funner than anything"!
We want to thank everyone who has supported the Stoepler Family during this journey. Special thanks go out to Shirley Miller, Kim Christianson, Kathy Brinkman, and Mary Martinez for all their gentle care and understanding over the last several months.
Memorial Service will be held at Thomason's Funeral Home, 2001 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, Texas on, Friday, April 24th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local Parkinson's Chapter or to Texas State Alumni Associations in San Marcos, Texas (http://alumni.txstate.edu/).