Paul Stahler, M.D., 90

Paul Anthony Stahler, M.D., 90, of Jordan, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Paul was born in Morris on May 26, 1923, a son of John and Martha (Lambert) Stahler. He was raised on a farm in Chokio, and attended Alberta High School. After his sophomore year at St. John's University in Collegeville, Dr. Stahler left to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He completed his college education at John Carroll University in Ohio. He furthered his studies of medicine at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1947. He completed his medical internship at Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey, and did surgical residency in Wisconsin. Paul married Dr. Elizabeth Rieschl, and the couple came to Jordan in 1949, opening their medical practice on November 1. After practicing medicine in Jordan for 25 years, Dr. Stahler opened a new medical clinic in January, 1975. The Amo Vitae Clinic later became known as the Jordan Medical Clinic. Dr. Stahler practiced there until his retirement in 1985, after 36 years of being the Jordan physician. He served as the Scott County Coroner for 16 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Jordan Commercial Club and the Scott-Carver Thresher's Association. Dr. Stahler was always a great supporter of the Jordan community. Every Lenten season, he traveled to churches to give his presentation on the crucifixion of Christ from a medical doctor's perspective. He loved farm animals and raised miniature horses and donkeys, potbellied pigs, peacocks, and St. Bernard dogs. Many school and daycare groups came to experience the free petting zoo at “Doc Stahler's.” When he sold his home and moved to the Sioux Vista Development, he had his barn moved to the Thresher's grounds. His other hobbies included making maple syrup, planting trees, camping, hunting, fishing and exploring the history of Native Americans in Minnesota. Dr. Stahler estimated planting between 1,500 and 2,000 pine trees in the Jordan area almost every year for 40 years.

He is survived by children Beth (Dick) Pauly, Dr. Emilie Stahler, Barbara Stahler (Michael Richards), Dr. Paul (Sheila) Stahler, Ruth Stahler, Dr. Margaret Stahler, John Stahler, Carole Cole, Peter Stahler (Inga Schroeder); 11 grandsons; seven granddaughters; three greatgranddaughters; brother-inlaw Robert Wolf; sister-inlaw Pat Rieschl.

He was preceded in death by infant son Joseph; his parents; siblings Martha Stahler, Ann Dorweiler, Jeanne Richards, Leonard, Lambert, Thomas and James; and an infant brother Jackie; brother and sisters-in-law.

Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m., at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Jordan.

Burial is at Calvary Cemetery in Jordan. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Anne Pauly, Jameen Hudelson, Galen Richards, Barbara Kattar, Katie Stahler, and Alex Cole. Honorary pallbearer is Leonard Boetefuer.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Wagner Funeral Home in Jordan.