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Olen S. Stidham

July 9, 1931 November 27, 2018
Olen S. Stidham
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Obituary for Olen S. Stidham

Olen Sumpter Stidham, 87, of Iowa City, died November 27, 2018 at Mercy Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11 AM at Greater Iowa City Church of the Nazarene, 1035 Wade Street. Rev. Dr. Timothy Stidham and Rev. Teresa Stecker will be officiating. The family will greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Olen was born on July 9, 1931 in Alabama to Claude and Dona (Sanderson) Stidham. He enjoyed spending time with his two siblings, Roland and Shirley (Stidham) Anthony. It was love at first sight when he met Sena Lavada Thornton in Shelbyville, Indiana. The couple married on September 25, 1950, moving to Iowa in 1951 and raised their four children. Olen lost a part of himself when Lavada passed away in 2006.

He worked at Hy Vee for many years before being self-employed as a skilled home builder. Olen built homes that won 1st place for several years in the Parade of Homes. He enjoyed gardening and kept a perfect lawn.

Olen is survived by his children, Deborah (Mark) Wilson of Iowa City, IA, JoAnn McFatter of Yuba City, CA, Tarisa (Michael) Stidham-Ball and Timothy (Ellen) Stidham of Dyer, IN; Grandchildren, Micheal McFatter of Yuba City, CA, Jason (Allison) McFatter of Kansas City, MO, Steve Wilson of Champaign, IL, Kate Wilson of Ames, IA, London (DeeDee) Varner of Marietta, GA, Daniel (Jacquie) Varner of Lee’s Summit, MO, Joel (Shamila) Varner of Charlotte, NC, Micah Jon Varner of Statesville, GA, Sarah Stidham of Crown Point, IN and Rachel (Jon Zatorski) Stidham of Charlottesville, VA and great-grandchildren, Alexis Varner, Atticus Varner, Abigale Varner, Selah Varner, Eisley Varner, and Azariah Varner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two siblings.


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Visitation

Monday

3

Dec

10:00 AM 12/3/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
Iowa City Church of the Nazarene

1035 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Iowa City Church of the Nazarene
1035 Wade Street Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Service

Monday

3

Dec

11:00 AM 12/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
Iowa City Church of the Nazarene

1035 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Burial will follow the service eat Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City.

Iowa City Church of the Nazarene
1035 Wade Street Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oakland Cemetery Final Resting Place

1000 Brown St
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

1000 Brown St Iowa City 52245 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105
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