Morel “Bud” Stientjes

Morel “Bud” Stientjes, of Defiance, MO, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, and having enjoyed 89-wonderful years of life.

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He is survived by his one-true-love, Elaine (Christensen) Stientjes and his three children, Holly (Stientjes) Hamilton, Rob Stientjes, and Jeff Stientjes. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Ethan Hamilton, Andrew Hamilton, Alex Stientjes, and Tony Stientjes; his sister, Muriel (Stientjes) Faulkes; his son-in-law, Todd Hamilton; and numerous beloved nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his Father, Micheal Stientjes; Mother, Clara (Dykstra) Stientjes; and brother, Michael Stientjes. 

Bud spent his formative years hunting, fishing, and adventuring in Northwest Iowa. Bud loved to tell stories of simple pleasures, strange events, and honest folks that decorated small-town life in the 1930's & 1940's. Some of his most entertaining stories involved volunteering for junior corps on the WWII home front, rodeo riding calves on the farm, and bumper sledding across town. Needless-to-say, Bud had a real good childhood. 

Bud attended Drake University and worked at Massey-Ferguson & Allied Group Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. He was also a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves. Fishing, hunting, and painting were his passions. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to purchase the Hickory Grove Resort, a 13-cabin family vacation resort on Lake of the Ozarks where he helped to create family memories for lucky guests. Bud made numerous improvements and restorations to the landscape and buildings. Bud sold his charming-little resort in 1996 and watched, with a tear-in-his-eye, as his little cabins made-way for expensive lakefront housing. Bud and his wife enjoyed 20 years of retirement living at the Lake of the Ozarks. When time began to catch-up to him, Bud moved to a farmhouse near Defiance, MO to be closer to his children and grandchildren. His grandchildren never allowed Bud a moment of loneliness or boredom. Bud was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.