Keith Irwin Stenulson passed on Aug 1, 2022, at the age of 75, peacefully at home with family, on his terms, after a short battle with cancer. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Harley and Helen (Avery) Stenulson, his brother Gary Stenulson, grandchildren Britney Stenulson, Olivia Emert, and Kyle Stenulson and nephew Garland Stenulson. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Victoria Stenulson, 8 children, Gena Bouchard, Keith Stenulson, Sherry Stenulson, Paula (Stenulson) Wells (Todd), Bob Stenulson (Jayne), Jerry Stenulson, Kristine Stenulson and Tony Stenulson (Maggie), 11 Grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandson. Mind you Vicki only birthed 2 but loves the rest of them (most of the time). He is also survived by his ex-wife Diane Mitchell, married for 22 years. A total of 56 years of marriage from a man who extolled the evils of marriage and to stay single yet, he did it not once, but twice.
He was born on Sept 2 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin but spent most of his life growing up in Iowa.
Keith spent his early years working in various jobs to support his young family of 6 kids, birthed in a span of 9 years. They lived in various locations, Florida, California, and Oklahoma but settled in Camanche, IA. Most of his career after that time has been spent working for the Railroad, first Chicago Northwestern and then a job at Indiana Harbor Belt brought him to Northwest Indiana.
His relationship with Vicki developed when the railroad in Iowa had layoffs and he transferred to Chicago to work. They lived in Chi-town for a few years, then Florida for a brief time, where they married. Then onto Ohio where Keith took a break from the railroad and drove Semi’s for various companies. He soon realized the life on the road was not for him with young kids for the second time and began looking for another rail career. Like in any marriage, life was not always easy with Keith, but the good outweighed the bad.
Keith loved fishing and hunting, especially with his Dad, his best friend Gov, and then his sons as they became adults, Miller Lite, Marlboro cigarettes (hence the cancer), and the Dallas Cowboys, but most of all he loved his family and would do anything for them.
He also loved a good party, which is why instead of a funeral service we will be having a celebration of his life at his favorite stomping ground the last few years where he watched his beloved Cowboys, Nascar, played Bar Bingo and made some friends.
Celebration of Life: Sat. Sept 3, 2022 1-4 pm. BG Gators 9021 E. 109th Ave, Crown Point, Indiana. Come and raise a glass of Miller Lite in honor of Keith’s life
In leu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Transitions Care who provided wonderful pallative and hospice care for Keith during this time. Donations can be made in Keith’s name by check to:
Transitions Care, 1551 Bond Street (Suite 143)
Naperville, IL 60563