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Gregory Stimpert, 74, of Hutchinson

Gregory Stimpert, 74, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Hutchinson Health.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Jerry Meidl officiating. Bev Wangerin was the organist. The song leader was Lucy Newcomb. Congregational hymns were “St. Francis Prayer,” “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Little Brown Church.”
Gared Stimpert was the urn bearer. Honorary urn bearers were Mr. Stimpert’s grandchildren, Gared Stimpert, Jordan Stimpert, Jerica Stimpert, Vanessa Stimpert, LeeAnn Stimpert, Melissa Matter, Michael Matter, Rhonda Rasmussen, Andrew Matter and Amber Matter.
Gregory Paul Stimpert was born March 2, 1940, in Sleepy Eye, the son of Charles and Bertha (Kyar) Stimpert. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as an adult, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. He received his GED at Mankato East High School.
On May 17, 1960, he was united in marriage to Jean Kapolczynski at the Queen of Peace Church in Mesa, Ariz. After their marriage, the couple resided in New Ulm, where Mr. Stimpert was the assistant department supervisor in the electrical department for the city of New Ulm. He retired in April 1998. In 1998, they moved to Arizona and, in 2009, they moved to Hutchinson. The couple was blessed with four children and shared 54 years of marriage.
Mr. Stimpert was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He also was a member of the Camping Club, president of the Senior Center, Cub Master and Boy Scout leader.
He enjoyed playing and calling Bingo, golfing, football, camping, traveling, gambling, history and cruises. He loved the Grand Tetons, working at the state fair, watching the South Pacific plays and John Wayne movies. He especially loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Hutchinson; sons, Douglas (Marnette) Stimpert of Garden City, Paul (Rose) Stimpert of Oklahoma and Patrick (Lynda) Stimpert of Illinois; daughter, Ann (Vernon) Matter of Hector; grandchildren, Gared Stimpert and Maxine Johnson, Jordan Stimpert, Jerica Stimpert, Vanessa Stimpert, LeeAnn Stimpert, Michael Matter, Rhonda Rasmussen (significant other Sebastian) and Andrew (Amber) Matter; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Stimpert, David Rasmussen and Joseph Bautista; siblings, James (Rose) Stimpert of Sleepy Eye, John (Ruth) Stimpert of North Dakota, Judith (Dennis) Holweger of North Dakota, and Phyllis Stimpert (significant other Deborah Wall) of Wyoming; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bertha Stimpert, granddaughter, Melissa Matter; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and John Garland; and brother, Terry Stimpert.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.