Sep 042013

William Henry “Bill” Stahl, 77, died in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his home in Show Low following a valiant battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel, located at 320 N. Ninth St. in Show Low.
Bill was born on Saturday, Sept. 7, 1935, in Tiffin, Ohio, to the late Clifford and Marie (Wellman) Stahl. As a young boy, Bill moved to Tucson from his native Ohio in the early 1940s. 

In October 1956, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson. He received his honorable discharge from the Air Force in October 1962.
Following his military service, Bill worked alongside his father at the family radiator business. When his father died, he took over the business and ran it for several more years.
In 1982, Bill moved to the White Mountains and made his home in Show Low, where he opened and operated his own business, Stahl’s Radiators, for many years. 

He married Phylis Jean Francoeur Meixsell on Dec. 31, 1985, in Show Low. The couple lived the past 271/2 years happily as husband and wife, and thoroughly enjoyed being in each other’s company.
Even after his retirement, Bill felt the need to always stay busy. He worked for a time at Pat’s Place Pizza making deliveries. He also worked as a cabby for a local taxi service. Wherever he hung his hat, Bill was a friendly and familiar face. 

Bill was a huge NASCAR racing enthusiast. Whenever there was a race on TV, he was watching it. He also was a regular at Show Low’s Thunder Raceway, where he was a flagman. He also sold parts at SRS (Stahl’s Racing Supplies) at Thunder Raceway. One of the things that Bill looked forward to every year were his semi-annual trips to the Valley to attend the PIR (Phoenix International Raceway). One of the greatest racing highlights of his life occurred five years ago when he and Phylis attended Daytona’s 50th anniversary in Florida.
Bill will forever be remembered, loved and respected by many in the White Mountains, but none will miss him more than his own family.
Survivors include his wife, Phylis Stahl of Show Low; five children, Steven (Mila) Stahl of Holbrook, Phillip Stahl of Tucson, Melissa “Missy” (Marty) Fish of Show Low, Shannon (Scott) Pearson of San Tan Valley and Justin (Sandy) Meixsell of Fort Drum, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Spencer in April of this year, and by a granddaughter, Samantha Alexander. 

Memorial contributions in Bill’s name to Summit Healthcare Cancer Center, 2500 E. Hunt St., Ste. I, Show Low, Ariz. 85901, or The White Mountain Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1975, Lakeside, Ariz. 85929 have been suggested by his family.