A graveside inurnment service for Gerald N. and Violet “Jean” (Hinden) Stattner, of Arizona, formerly of Pana, will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Millersville Cemetery with Pastor Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating.
Gerald passed away on June 23, 2012. He was born January 2, 1926 in Pana to the late Elmer and Eve Stattner. He attended Millersville Grade School, Pana Township High School, the University of Illinois and Millikin University.
Gerald served in the Army Air Corps in World War II for two years in France as a cryptographer and operated an Instrument Landing System. He was very proud of his time in the Army.
Gerald was a Drainage Ditch Commissioner, a Millersville Cemetery Trustee, belonged to the Christian County Farm Bureau, served as President of the Board of the Millersville Co-op Grain Co., member of the Christian County Historical Society, and a Lifetime member of the American Legion. He had also joined the VFW.
Gerald enjoyed everything about flying, playing games with family and friends, Bible study classes, Lawrence Welk and cowboy music. He truly loved people and enjoyed telling stories of his early life and his experiences in WWII.
Violet passed away on February 21, 2019. She was born March 2, 1925 to the late Harry and Violet Hinden in Pana. She attended Washington Grade School, Pana High School, the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University.
Violet taught the 4th, 5th and 6th grades at Rosamond Grade and High School. She belonged to Christian County Home Extension for 60 years, Rosamond Woman’s Club, led Indian Maidens and Sunshine Sweethearts 4H clubs, and worked as a secretary for three insurance agencies. Being a part of UNICEF, Heifer, food bank and Habitat were high on her list. Violet loved the farm with the animals, large flower and vegetable gardens, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, doing field work, and entertaining friends and family. She enjoyed reading, memorizing poems and Bible verses, doing cryptograms, sudoku, and other puzzles.
Gerald Stattner and Violet Jean Hinden were married on August 25, 1946 in the Millersville Methodist Church. They farmed for 52 years near Owaneco and retired to Cottonwood, Ariz. in 1998. Throughout their lives, they were members of various Methodist Churches in Millersville, Pana, Buckeye and Mountain View in Cottonwood, Ariz. Both had served as Sunday School teacher’s and on boards in the churches; Gerald serving mostly as a Trustee and both were members of the United Methodist Men’s and Women’s groups.
They are survived by their two daughters: Judy Marie Stattner and Sally Kay (Steven) Scheibly; Gerald’s sister, Elois Leighty and Violet’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Harry (Florence) Hinden; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family.