August Gottlieb Stortzum went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, March 19, 2020. He was born November 16, 1924. August married Doris Lee Bible in August of 1945. August and Doris were blessed with their son, Michael and his wife Sharon of Gays, IL; daughter Shelia Winders of Cincinnati, OH; and daughter Vicki Parker and husband Del of Atlanta, Georgia; their grandchildren, Ramona Stortzum Kaczmarek (husband, Andy), Erik Stortzum (wife, Tara), Jason Winders, Amanda Winders Pazzo (husband, Michael), Joshua Stortzum and Natasha Stortzum; and great grandchildren Tristan Holdren, Austin, Emily and Christina Stortzum, August and Simon Pazzo, Aiden Cook; Athena, Alex and Peter Winders; sister-in-law, Lorene Stortzum (wife of Lester).
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris in 2017, son-in-law, Charles Winders, parents Walter & Friedricka (Budde) Stortzum and all of his siblings (sister Ruby Stortzum Pagel, and brothers Otto, Lester, & Paul).
August left the farm to serve in the Army during WWII. After returning home from Germany, he and Doris settled on the Clay County Line, where he farmed and was an oilfield pumper for Sohio Petroleum. As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Louisville, August raised his children to share his strong faith and work ethic. A promotion to an oilfield management position resulted in the couple relocating to Okmulgee, OK, from 1978 until his retirement in 1985. Upon retirement, they moved to Mattoon, became active members of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mattoon, and enjoyed mentoring their grandchildren.
A private family service for August will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Mattoon. Interment will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Louisville, Illinois.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, 17684 1st Avenue, Louisville, Illinois 62858. Online condolences may be expressed at or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

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