The Rev. Clarence F. ‘Dutch’ Stolz

A Celebration of Life for The Rev. Clarence F. “Dutch” Stolz, 87, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, with the Rev. Rob Baldwin officiating. Inurnment will be in the Memorial Gardens at Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison, Kan.

The Rev. Stolz died Monday, June 11, 2012, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

He was born Nov. 8, 1924, in St. Louis, the son of Clarence Frederick and Alice Affolter Stolz. He graduated from Beaumont High School in St. Louis, and later served in the United States Air Force.

The Rev. Stolz received a B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1949, and later studied at Columbia University in NYC from 1951-52. He earned a Master of Sacred Divinity from The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Tex. in 1955.

He served as Rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Mo. from 1955-59; Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Atchison 1959-69; Campus Minister at the University of Kansas 1969-73; Senior Canon at Grace Cathedral, Topeka 1973-82; Associate Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, 1982-90, and retired in 1990. He moved to Lawrence in 2005.

He married Jeanne Shelford on June 7, 1952, in Ridgewood, N.J. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Maggie Cloud, and Katie Kutilek and husband Bob, all of Lawrence; a sister, Jean Ahrens, Jonesboro, Ark.; a grandson, Danny Spence, Austin; a family friend, Bruce Scoular, Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen Stolz, and a brother, Warren F. Stolz.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS, 66044

Messages & Condolences

From Nancy Springer-Baldwin...

Dear Jeanne,
Dutch’s gentleness and care were gifts to me and I thank God for knowing him.
Blessings of peace and comfort to you and your family.

From Hazel & Joe Joseph...

Dear Jeanne,
So sorry to hear about Dutch. We have such fond memories of both of you. May the peace of God bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow. Love, Hazel & Joe Joseph

From Mary Anne [Dresser] Bruner...

Dear, dear Jeanne —
Words cannot adequately express all that my heart holds. Dutch was so dear to all of us, at KU Canterbury House, at St. David’s, and in so many other places. I pray that the Spirit fills you with the love that is coming from the hundreds upon hundreds of souls whose lives you and he touched over the years. May our Lord richly bless you, as you and Dutch have richly blessed us.

From Russ Ham...

I wish I could have been there today; I only got the news this morning. There is a longer story of a young priest helping a very homesick ten-year-old survice his first time at Camp Wood, but let me try to say it in ten words:

Dutch Stolz gave me the courage to see the world.

Godspeed, Dutch. Love to your family!
Russ Ham
Austin, TX

From Dorothy Dacy & Laura Juve Southard...

Dearest Jeanne & Family,

We wondered why the air didn’t smell as sweet and then the mystery was solved when we found out Dutch had left for Heaven. We have wonderful memories of you all and our times together at St David’s. We will always love you both and were so blessed to have known you. Wish we were their to give you lots of hugs and kisses! Bobo sends love and will write you. Dorothy & Laura

From robyn herzog...

so sory to hear bout dutch i miss his smile and laughter
he always said i want orange juice or tea sometime i make him a specail drink he said sure
and next day he ask me to make his speacal tea and lemonade
i will sure miss him

From Leslie McKinney...

Dear Jean, Maggie, Katie, Bob, Danny,
What I hear right now is Dutch’s huge laugh, and all I can think of is that he and my Dad are keeping each other very good company! I think you all know how much he meant to the McKinney family – presiding over our milestones, and guiding us through the thicket of doubt that surrounds faith. I hope to see you soon – he will always be with us.

From Jane Maxwell...

Jeanne, what wonderful memories was have of Dutch and his ministry among and to us. He was truly a prince. He was a special favorite of Mom’s and she treasured his letters. My prayers are with you and the family and thank you for the care you took of such a wonderful person. Love, Jane

From Judy Shipway...

I was blessed to meet Fr. Dutch at St. David’s and also to work with him when he was on Grand Jury in Austin. Such a caring, thoughtful man. Though I didn’t know him well, I will always remember his quiet wisdom and gentle ways.

From Ronney Reynolds...

We will always remember Dutch as a caring, kind, and generous man. We were blessed that he came our way @ St David’s.

From Marsha Jensen...

What a joyful picture you chose to honor such a positive, courageous man, and what a legacy he leaves for your family. Those of us at St. David’s/Austin were blessed. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

From Lissa Peña-Janknegt...

Dearest Jeanne,
What a blessing and gift you and Dutch were to all of us at St. David’s/Austin! He was there for me in the darkest times of David’s illness and death, and in the times of great joy of Jim’s and my marriage. I am forever grateful for his ministry among us and his kindness, gentleness, and that wicked smile! He is in our hearts and memories as a true treasure and light. Thank you for sharing him so selflessly
and generously all those years!
May God Bless you and your family, may he pour out His peace and comfort upon you.

Lissa Peña-Janknegt

From Sally Mize garrett...

Dear Jeanne and all the Stolz family, we are so very saddened at the loss of of our dear Fr. Stolz. I was blessed to be around at Trinity Atchison when you and Dutch were there. He was a huge influence on my life and the lives of all our family. His wisdom, kindness, generosity, and gentleness will always be remembered. We are grateful for his friendship as well as blessed by his loving ministry and faithful witness.
May God comfort you and all the family. Sally Mize Garrett

From Mark Mitchell...

Dear Jean, What a wonderful man and spiritual guide for me and so many others who have had the privilege to know and be known by Dutch. You have been his closest companion and will bear the greatest weight of his departure. Comfort in times of loss is found in faith, hope and love which you and Dutch have been blessed and do bless all your family and friends who you have touched over the years. We are are now and always reaching out to touch back in hospitality, words of comfort, and prayers of thanksgiving, celebration and appreciation for a life well lived. Thank you Dutch and see you on the other side. Love Mark

From Deacon Ed Goulet...

My condolences to the family. I’ve heard a lot about Fr.Dutch over the years. He’ll be missed. Deacon Ed Goulet, St. Paul’s Anglican, Midland, TX

From Cath Polito...

Jeanne –
My heart goes out to you and your family. I LOVED Dutch’s gentleness and kindness; he always made my son Geoffrey and I feel like a real family – even though there were just two of us. Thank you also for your warmth and kindness over your years in Austin.
Love to you and your family,

From Charles Sumners Jr....


I have many good memories of Dutch when I came back to
Texas from New York. He was very kind to my mother, Virginia, and he was a favorite of hers. I know they are telling stories in Heaven.

On behalf of the Sumners Family, we send our love and will keep your family in our prayers.
Charlie Sumners

From Ali and Will Dailey...

Dear Jeanne,
We treasure our memories of Dutch. His openness and accepting nature, his keen mind and his humble, daily practice of his faith made a deep impression on us and all who knew him. Dutch always had time for us. We are better, more loving people for having known him.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Love, Ali and Will

From Joe and Connie Maverick...

Dear Jean, We have such warm and wonderful memories of Dutch. He was definitely a man who knew himself! Probably because he knew the Lord. May God comfort you with His peace and meet your needs every day. Connie and Joe Maverick

From Cheryl Metzger...

My condolences to the family. Dutch was a very special person, and I was privileged to know him when he was at Grace Cathedral in Topeka. He led a reading group I was a part of and his commentary and teachings made quite an impression on me. I am very grateful to have had him in my life, if only for a short while. Bless Dutch and bless his life.

From KE Edmisten...

Dearest Mom Stolz, Maggie, Katie and Bob, Danny, Bruce and so many loved ones of Dad/Dutch Stolz: my heart is with you as you celebrate and mourn your dear loved ones at this time… I am blessed to know your family !! so much love to each of you as we honor our newest guardian angel… Love, KE

From Trinity Episcopal Church, Atchison...

On behalf of all of us at Trinity Church, Atchison, please let me offer our heartfelt condolences. We give thanks for Dutch’s life and ministry, and are grateful to have had a chance to benefit from his service to God and the church. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercies of God rest in peace.


Andrew Grosso+

From Jennifer Wright...

Dear Jean, Maggie, Katie, and all,

My heart is sad and reaches out to you, but I can’t help smiling through it when I remember Dutch as I knew him best, at Canterbury. Such a lovely man – gone home to rejoicing above. He will be so terribly missed here.

Love, Jennifer

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