News and Tribune


June 7, 2012

Howard Joseph Stiller

68; of New Albany

Funeral services for Howard Joseph Stiller, 68, of New Albany, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Albany, with interment in St. Mary of the Knobs Church Cemetery. He died Thursday, June 7, 2012, with his wife and three daughters by his side.

He was born Aug. 10, 1943, in New Albany, to the late Howard B. and Neva Fisher Stiller. God broke the mold when Howard was born. He was truly one of a kind and never in a hurry. Those who got to know him best saw him as a kind spirit that would give you the shirt off his back and a tremendous family man who was blessed with three beautiful daughters who he loved unconditionally.  He enjoyed spending time with his daughters and wife of 50 years, Lois, along with their beloved Basset Hound, Caesar. He also looked forward to family get-togethers including Sunday morning breakfasts, weekends at the Lake, and family vacations to Florida. Pa-Pa, as he was referred to by the grandchildren, loved spending time with them.  He would often take the grandchildren fishing and teach them a lesson or two about life or help to broaden their vocabulary skills. He was also a great cook and known for fixing an extra plate for his beloved dog. We will definitely miss the wonderful aroma of his famous biscuits and sausage gravy as well as the special dope seasoning that flavored pork chops, fish, hamburgers, steaks and who knows what else.  The man could also fry anything including chicken, hot dogs, brats, corn, fish and much, much, more. Sometimes you thought you knew what you were eating … but you really didn’t. However in the end it didn’t matter because it tasted good anyway.

He was the former co-owner of the old Kruse Plastic, and Plywood Co. in Louisville, until his retirement. After retirement he enjoyed working for Eric Lozier, who he thought of as a son. He was often the loud, outspoken disciplinarian at the shop where everyone around him was probably 30 years younger. If he felt one of the guys was slacking, including Eric, he would tell them to straighten up, in his own poetic way with words.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Cardinal Ritter Council K. of C. and the Mt. St. Francis Fishing Club.                                                                                                                                       Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lois Biddle Stiller; three daughters, Susan Metka and her husband, David, of Georgetown, Sally Goss and her husband, Nick, of Floyds Knobs, and Sarah Strause and her husband, Torey, of Louisville; seven grandchildren, Lauren, Alex, Savannah, Tanner, Cody, Cole, and Caroline; his beloved Bassett Hound, Caesar; brother, Jim D. Stiller and his wife, Patsy, of New Albany; and five sisters, Marguerite Hartlage and her husband, John, of Sellersburg, Janet Grantz and her husband, Ronnie, of Starlight, Priscilla Lausterer and her husband, Dennis, of Clarksville, Linda Loesch and her husband, John, of Floyds Knobs, and Michelle Mires and her husband, Jeff of Greenville.                                                                                                                         

Visitation and reception for family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Kraft Funeral Service, Spring Street Chapel, New Albany.

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