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Shane Landon Stimatze, age 42, passed away on August 12, 2017 at his home in rural St. John. He was born on April 11, 1975 at Great Bend, KS, the son of Rick and Toni L. (Bright) Stimatze. Shane was a 1993 graduate of Macksville High School and attended two years at Barton County Junior College and two years at Kansas State University. He was a resident of St. John since 2005, formerly of Macksville. Shane was a businessman and owner of Mid-Kansas Ag, Inc. and Squeaks Club both of St. John. He was a member of the New Jerusalem Church, Pawnee Rock, KS, active District Stafford County Commissioner, IOOF Lodge, several local gun clubs and an avid pilot. Shane was a referee for the Kansas State High School Athletics Association officiating at all six classes and their championship finals, and at the collegiate level in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, National Junior College Athletic Association Div-I National Basketball Tournament.
Survivors include his parents Rick and Toni Stimatze, Pawnee Rock, KS; sister, Lacey Vieux (Jason Fitzgerald), Lenox, IA; niece and nephews, Colton, Brody, Dylan, Hartley and Nathan; many aunts and uncles and cousins; maternal grandmother, Vivian Bright, Pawnee Rock, KS, paternal grandparents, Gary and Maurine Stimatze, Macksville, KS. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Lawrence L. Bright. Celebration of Life service will be 10:00 AM, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Mid-Kansas Ag, Inc, 94 NW 20th Street, St. John, KS, with Rev. Jane Siebert and Rodney Lyons. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, St. John. Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 from 1-7PM at Minnis Chapel, St. John. In Lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions be given to the Stafford County EMS in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, Ks 67576.
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