He was born March 29, 1935, in Eitzen, Minn., to Louis H. and Flora (Kumpf) Staggemeyer. Milton was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen and attended Eitzen Elementary School. On Feb. 20, 1955, Milton married Evelyn Wenig at St. John’s Methodist Church in Dorchester, Iowa. Milton lived and worked in the Eitzen area his entire life. He worked at the Eitzen Locker for seven years. He and Evelyn then owned and operated Staggemeyer Grocery Store for 39 years and also owned Staggemeyer Insurance Agency for 25 years. In addition, he was a member of the Eitzen Fire Department for 23 years and served as Chief for 11 years. Milton was instrumental in starting the fire district and also the Tri-County Firefighter’s Association. He also served on the Eitzen City Council for 16 years and he was a charter member of the Eitzen Lions Club, where he received several awards including the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. Milton was a lifetime member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and he served on several church committees. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and playing cards. Milton loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Eitzen; four children, Jean (Greg) Rea, Lansing, Iowa; Bradley (Kristy) Staggemeyer, Carlinville, Ill.; Julie (Neal) Luttchens, Caledonia, Minn., and Mark (Cathy) Staggemeyer, Eitzen; 12 grandchildren, Amy (Mark) Peterson, New Albin, Iowa; Kelly (Jonnie) Oliver, Palmyra, Va.; Matt (Becky) Rea, Lansing; Michelle Staggemeyer, Onalaska, Wis.; Adam (Gayle) Staggemeyer, Auburn, Ill.; Rachel Staggemeyer and Dayna Staggemeyer, both of Carlinville; Andy (Jill) Luttchens, Caledonia; Mitch Luttchens, Eitzen; Wayne (Megan) Myhre, St. Charles, Minn.; Jeremy Myhre (Danielle Dehning), Caledonia, and Brooke Staggemeyer, Eitzen; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard (Janice) Staggemeyer, Caledonia; one sister-in-law, Grace Staggemeyer, Caledonia and several nieces and nephews.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Staggemeyer and one brother, Norbert Staggemeyer.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Eitzen. Rev. Kent A. Meyer, Ph.D., and Rev. Debra A. Meyer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Luke’s North Cemetery. A visitation will be held at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Eitzen, on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and also on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.