Charles K. “Kirk” Stanzel

Charles K. “Kirk” Stanzel

September 13, 1946 – February 8, 2023

Preceded in death by parents, John and Doris Stanzel; brothers, Gary and Jerry Stanzel.

Survived by wife, Kathy; brothers, Greg (Dee) and Mark Stanzel; brothers-in-law: Joe, Steve, Larry, and Jerry Seitz; sister-in-law: Mary Lou Marcuzzo (Joe); many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and friends.

Family will receive friends Monday, February 13th, from 5-7PM at West Center Chapel with Vigil Service at 7PM.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, February 14th, 10:30AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Interment: Omaha National Cemetery

Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Catholic Church.


  • LARRY Hodges II Posted February 11, 2023 9:44 am

    So sorry for your family loss. a great man.

  • Gary Louvar Posted February 11, 2023 12:40 pm

    Kirk was a Great Leader for us PGA Professionals and even a better person. He helped me greatly when I was starting my career and I will never forget him. My condolences to the family.

  • Mike Hall Posted February 11, 2023 9:15 pm

    One of my best friends. So many wonderful times when he was next door at St Andrews. Larry “ Lash “ Phillips gave him his nickname “ commander “

  • Mike Evans Posted February 12, 2023 10:55 am

    One of the nicer guys I’ve ever met. Always positive and full of great advice. Loved this man. Rest in peace on the heavenly fairways friend..

  • Helen Herbold Posted February 12, 2023 2:08 pm

    Praying for Kirk’s family and friends. He will be missed in our hearts.

  • D Jay Ellis Posted February 13, 2023 9:40 am

    My sincere thoughts and prayers. Kirk was a great leader and meant so much to me when we worked together on the IGA/PGA board. God bless from the Ellis family!

  • Thomas Addis Posted February 13, 2023 9:49 am

    I had the true pleasure to work with Kirk as I was a Board member and officer of the PGA. Kirk was a true gentleman and true lover of the PGA and the PGA member. We’ll remember always. TA.

  • Bruce Lubach Posted February 13, 2023 10:17 pm

    So many special memories of Kirk I will always treasure.. We had a friendship spanning many years starting when I was hired to succeed him as the Nebraska PGA Exec. Director which included buying his house. He was a mentor to me, a confidant, and someone who cared. When talking about our work in the world of golf within the PGA, he would remind me, “just remember, this isn’t brain surgery”! I can still here it today. His love for his wife, Kathy, was special. I know he adored her. Rest in peace my friend. I’m going to miss you and our talks. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy and the Stanzel family.

  • Dick Lane Posted February 14, 2023 8:57 pm

    What can one say. Heaven has a new angel. I have so many memories. He was a great friend to me and my family. From the day we hired him in 1989 I knew he would lead our section to be admired by every section. Kathy, I am so sorry and send my prayers. He was a legend and brother to me.

  • Jamie Blackburn Posted February 15, 2023 11:21 am

    My sympathies to the Stanzel family and to all his friends. Kirk was a great friend to Iowa golf and was always a gentleman. He will be missed.

  • Dave Brostrom Posted February 20, 2023 12:51 pm

    I was deeply saddened to learn of Kirk’s passing. He was a good man, and I had the great fortune to work with him for many years as a member of the IGA Board. He certainly lived a life to be celebrated. I had to chuckle when I read my friend, Bruce Lubach’s recollection of “This isn’t brain surgery.” I too recall him using that line on multiple occasions. He had a wonderful personality, and it was a joy to be in his presence. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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