May 21, 1933 ~ September 3, 2019

Born in: Oshkosh, WI
Resided in: Brevard, NC

John H. “Jack” Staehle, 86, of Brevard, NC passed away September 3, 2019.

He was born on May 21, 1933 in Oshkosh, WI. As a child, John learned to work with metal in his father’s tool-and-die business. John went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Following his college graduation, John was commissioned to serve in the United States Navy and served in both active and reserve duty until his retirement as a Captain in 1993.

On October 5, 1963 John married Carolyn L. “Lyn” Prey. They had two children, Mark and Lisa. John was the founder and president of Hicksville Machine Company. Over the years, John was very active in church, community service, theater, and various singing groups. He served on the Village Council in Hicksville, Ohio for eight years. He was a founding member of The Undertones and was most recently a member of the Connestee Chorale and the Cornerstone Presbyterian church choir. John made amazing grilled cheese sandwiches and was a world class cribbage player. Most importantly, John loved God and loved others.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Freda Staehle; his sister, Joan (Robert) Pfeiffer; and his wife of 49 years, Carolyn “Lyn” Staehle. John is survived by his son, Mark (Lisa) Staehle of Irmo, SC; his daughter, Lisa (Robert) Heck of Grabill, IN; and his grandchildren, Natalie (Tyler) Hultgren, Andrew Heck, Matthew Heck and Caleb Heck. John is survived by his brother, Thomas Staehle of Plymouth, MN; and his in-laws, Charles and Kay Prey of Pittsford, NY. John will be deeply missed by his family and scores of friends and neighbors.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 645 Bert Lane, Brevard, NC 28712. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.


Memorial Service: September 7, 2019 2:00 pm

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
645 Bert Lane
Brevard, NC 28712

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  1. I have fond memories of hearing Jack sing with the church choir and The Undertones as well as watching him perform and sing in Village Players productions. He was such a talented and kind man. You have my sympathies.

  2. I was so sad to hear of his passing. I do remember hearing about his wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches! May God comfort the whole family during this time and bring you peace. Cherish the memories!

  3. I met Jack when I was in elementary school. His wife Lyn was my teacher. As i grew up they were a part of my life. When I was a freshman they let me come stay with them for two weeks. Their family made me feel right at home. When I went into the service they were still with me. Sending cards and letters. They even came to see me once. When I had my son I asked Lyn to be his godmother, Jack was just as much a godfather. They always made a point to send cards to the kids. Lyn always signed the cards and letters, “Love Lyn and Jack”. They always made a point to stop and see us when they came home to visit. After Lyns passing Jack continued to send cards, and stopped and seen us. He will always be with me in my heart. He was a great husband, father and friend. Vary loving and caring man. Me and my children send are deepest condolences and prayers to his family.

  4. I was very surprised to hear about Jack having a sudden physical problem and being placed in St. Joseph’s Hospital. We, Myrna and myself met Jack and Lyn at Brevard Wesleyan Church at approximately 2004. Jack and I entered the choir at BWC and set next to each other as tenors! Jack and I felt that we contributed well to the choir as it was a blessing! Jack and I were also side by side members of the Connestee Falls Choral! We spent also every month at Jack and Lyn’s home regarding our Christian Small Group. And of course, we were invited to Jack’s home to enjoy “jacks grilled chees sandwiches.” We enjoyed spending some time with Jack’s son, Mark Daniel and his daughter-in-law, Lisa!

  5. My husband and I sat with or near Jack during worship services at Cornerstone. He always had a big smile and I often thought that he was probably a great father. He loved his family so much and was very proud of each and every one of you. I will surely miss him on Sundays and my heart is heavy. It was a blessing to know him and I look forward to seeing him again in heaven. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    • Thank you for your love and kindness and sympathy… my dad loved sitting by you in church…. Yes, love the promise of worshiping together again in heaven forever….God bless you❤️

  6. My husband and I sat with or near Jack at Sunday worship services at Cornerstone. He always had a big smile for me and I often thought he must have been a great father. My heart is heavy; I will miss him so much. But I am blessed by having known him. Thank you for sharing him with us. I look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

  7. Please accept our sympathy in the loss of your father. He was a special person and good friend. We have special memories of both Jack and Lyn.

  8. Dear Lisa, Mark and families – I was so sorry to learn of your dad’s death. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. May God grant you peace. Sincerely, Colleen

  9. Lisa and Mark, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad; your parents were wonderful people and so good to mom! Thinking of you during this time.

  10. Dear Lisa, Mark, Turk and I were very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We always enjoyed both of your parents. Know you are in our prayers during this time. Susie and Turk Guilford

  11. Dear Lisa and Mark,
    Turk and I want to offer our condolences with the passing of your father. We always enjoyed both your mom and dad. Know you are in our prayers. Susie and Turk Guilford


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