STOUGHTON / EDGERTON – Douglas G. Pfundheller died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He spent his final days surrounded by family and friends, saying his goodbyes and even getting to say hello to his four-day-old great-grandson, No.17, before he passed. Douglas was born April 12, 1929, in Rice Lake to Edward Pfundheller and Mabel Holman. When he was in second grade, they moved to Stoughton, the community he loved and called home for 83 years.
Douglas’s zest for life started early. One of his proudest memories was becoming an Eagle Scout in 1945. He was a state champion pole vaulter at Stoughton High School, where his record stood for over 20 years. Douglas played football at Uppsala College in East Orange, N.J. He graduated from the UW-Madison in 1952, where he was a member of the track team. Douglas got his pilot’s license at age 21, and was proud to have owned a plane before owning a car!
In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Ardys Holtan, the love of his life. They had three children, Marjie, Mark and Karen, and would go on to have eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Douglas was a man of many talents. He was proud to build two airplanes, the first catamaran sailboat on Lake Kegonsa and a ski jump for the community. Douglas was a member of the Stoughton Village Players, a woodcarver, pianist and sang with the First Lutheran Choir and Edvard Grieg Chorus. Douglas loved to read, mostly history, travel, play cards, eat peanuts and jelly beans, and enjoy a day on the lake with his family.
He was a pillar of the Stoughton community. Doug and Ardys were selected king and queen of Syttende Mai in 1981. He was elected mayor of Stoughton from 1982 to 1990. During his term, he was proud to have appointed the first clock tower and opera house restoration committee, start the Sister City relationship with Gjovik, Norway, build a new Safety Building using no taxpayers money, and expand the Stoughton Library. Doug was also director of the WI League of Municipalities, Dane County Red Cross, Friends of Lake Kegonsa, and president of the Stoughton Country Club, Stoughton Hospital and the Skaalen Home Board of Directors. Oh, and he worked for a living as a teacher, salesman and Realtor
Douglas is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ardys; children, Marjie Hanssen, Mark (Kelli) Pfundheller and Karen (Greg) Griffin; grandchildren, Kevin (Renee) Stokstad, Brianna (Jeff) Dimond, Lindsey (Jake) Lentz, Theodore (Charity) Hanssen, Michael (Marcy) Berigan, Jamie (Seth) Redalen, Nicholas (Kate) Pfundheller and Meaghan (Kevin) O’Donnell; 17 great-grandchildren; and sister, Sue (Mike) Devlin. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara (Roger) Amundson; brother, Monty (Marty) Pfundheller; and other loved ones.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH in Stoughton, with the Rev. Bill Lehman and the Rev. Richard Halom co-officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon immediately following in the church fellowship hall. Friends may greet the family from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME in Stoughton, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at church on Monday. A private burial will take place in Eastside Cemetery. Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.