RAPID CITY | Rev. Howard E. Stockman, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at a local nursing home.
Howard Eugene Stockman was born on August 15, 1934, in Minot, ND, to Wallace and Esther (Johnson) Stockman. He attended school in Alamo, ND, where his family farmed, and Williston, ND, where he graduated in 1952. He attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1956. He returned home to farm with his uncle around Alamo. In June 1955, he married Lorraine Larsen, with whom he was blessed with three children.
In 1964, he answered the Lord's calling to nurture souls, rather than crops, and went to the seminary. He graduated with a Master’s Degree of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in 1969, in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained in his hometown of Williston, ND. He started his ministry while still in the seminary, pastoring at Twin Cities Independent Church throughout his seminary years. This started him on his true mission in life — shepherding souls to Jesus.
His first parish after ordination was Forks, WA. He went on to serve in four parishes: Port Angeles, WA, Waubay, SD (dual parish), Hosmer, SD, and Letcher/Storla/Mount Vernon, SD. In June 1977, he married Vicky Tschetter, who shared his fervent love of the Lord and joined him in his journey to lead others to Christ. He retired from formal ministry and moved to Rapid City, SD, where he continued his ministry as a prayer warrior for Christ, which he continued until the end.
Howard is survived by two daughters, Kay (Ben Rodeck) Althoff of Minneapolis, MN, and Ann (Delwin) Pies of Waubay, SD; one son, Allan (Julie) Stockman of Rapid City; two brothers, Gene Stockman of Arlington, VA, and Jerry (Ann) Stockman of Bellevue, WA; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2015; and his brother, Jim.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, at Kirk Funeral Home and one hour before services at the church.
Services are set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, followed by a luncheon at the church. Interment will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.
A memorial has been established.
Friends may sign Pastor’s online guestbook at kirkfuneralhome.com.