Edwin Willis "Bill" Stigile



(October 5, 1910 - March 8, 2003)


The Lusk Herald
March, 2003


Edwin W. (Bill) Stigile

Memorial services for former Niobrara resident Bill Stigile, 92, were held March 12, 2003, in Twin Falls, Idaho. Interment followed at the Hazelton Cemetery in Hazelton, Idaho.

Edwin W. "Bill" Stigile died March 8, 2003 in Idaho.

Bill was born Oct. 5, 1910, in Hemingford, Neb., to Edwin and Sadie (Hughes) Stigile. The family moved to Niobrara County, homesteading on "The Divide" north of Lusk.

He attended school in Lusk, often riding a horse seven miles to high school.

After graduating in 1928, he worked at various jobs in the community, including the Russell Bradley dairy north of town for five years.

In October 1940, he entered the Air Force. He was stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sioux County, Iowa as an aircraft maintenance crew chief.

He met Ilda Gaskins in Sioux City, Iowa, and they were married Sept. 6, 1942. They had four children, Terry, Linda, Jeannie and Kelly.

He was discharged from the Air Force in 1945, and they moved to Ainsworth, Neb. In 1949, he drew a homestead at the Hunt Project in Jerome County, Idaho.

The homestead was located east of Hazelton, in the Greenwood area. He lived and farmed there all of his life. He milked cows and raised beef for many years. The homestead is now being farmed by son Kelly.

Bill was a member of the Eden American Legion and the Valley Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ilda; one daughter Linda Lords of Kennewick, Wash.; two sons, Terry Stigile of Twin Falls, Idaho and Kelly Stigile of Hazelton; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandsons; and two sisters, Norman Rae Patterson and Helen Blackmore of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Jennie Stigile DeVinaspre; one brother Robert; and one sister, Merna.

Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.




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