Marissa: 618-295-2321 | New Athens: 618-475-2151 | Sparta & Tilden: 618-443-2139

Jacob E. Stitzel

Jacob Edward Stitzel, 26, of New Athens, IL; born on March 6, 1992 in Belleville, IL; passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Red Bud Regional Hospital in Red Bud, IL.

Jacob was an assistant manager for Casey’s General Store in Smithton and Millstadt. Jacob loved music and was known as Big Jake Stitzel. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Aunt DeDe and cousin Vincent Williams

He is survived by his parents – Donald and Julie, nee Rensing, Stitzel. His sisters – Katie Stitzel and Emily Stitzel all of New Athens, IL. Aunts and Uncles – Butch and Cheryl Stitzel; Richard and Melissa Stitzel; Patty Stitzel; Debbie, nee Rensing, and Walter Thomas; Bruce and Lori Rensing; Ruth Rensing. His Godparents – Karen Behrmann and Mike Tiemann. He is also survived by his girlfriend – Alicia Wicks and his loving band of cousins.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m

Service: A memorial service will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3 p.m. with Chuck Cange officiating.

A Celebration of Jacob’s life will immediately follow the services at Hanft Park on Keim Rd. outside of New Athens.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Share this...
  1. Lynne and Lori Schneider says:

    We met Jake through our son who plays music too. I would also see him at Caseys. We are very sorry for your loss. May it bring you a measure of comfort to know that Jake was liked by all who met him and will be missed by all who knew him.

  2. Susie & Greg Becherer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you today & in the days to come. Hoping the many wonderful memories & pride you have for this beautiful young man help comfort you. May you find peace knowing he is with the Lord in his new home. May God Bless & Keep You.

  3. Dorothy and David Crutchfiekd says:

    We are grieving with your family in this difficult time ahead. I know the spirit of the lord is with you all.

  4. Diana and Scott king says:

    Don and Julie ,I remember Jake when you lived in green house behind us in Swansea I also got to know Jake from Casey’s I pray God hold you all and you find comfort during your loss our condolence to your Family

  5. Kevin McCarkel says:

    I had the distinct pleasure to listen to him sing and also sing with him at Ott’s Tavern in Millstadt. He was a very polite and fine young man! He will be sorely missed!

  6. Katie says:

    Stitzel Family,
    I do not personally know any of you, however I wanted to give my sincerest condolences. Your son/brother was always such a delight and the highlight of my mornings at Casey’s in Millstadt. His bubbly personality was infectious. We laughed and joked often, about how my 2 year old basically runs my house. He knew when he saw me, she wanted her strawberry milk and donuts to take to daycare with her, and that I was going straight for the Starbucks Iced Coffee cooler. He truly will be missed behind that counter! Take comfort in knowing he personally touched, every single person he came in contact with.

  7. You are all in my prayers. Jake was a such a great guy. I worked with him at Sparta Walmart I have a lot of wonderful memories . My heart is hurting so bad for your family

  8. Becky Gale says:

    Stitzel Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had the chance to meet Jake. If he’s as awesome of a kid as Emily, then he was a great guy! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Becky says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Jake was joy to see everyday at millstadt Casey’s. He was always happy smiling and it was always great to see him.

  10. Maggie Boone Tribout says:

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. My heart went to my throat when I saw Jacob’s obit, since Vincent had died last year around the same time. My thoughts will be with you and all the family and friends.

  11. Marion champ says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at your time if need. I only know Jacob from Casey’s in Smithton where we live. He has always been very nice on my visits. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time. God bless

  12. Tracy Schneider Croffoot says:

    Dear Donny and Julie, I am sorry for the loss of your Son. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Keith and Tracy Schneider-Croffoot (Schneider’s Mkt Shiloh)

  13. Michelle Geshwender-Robertson says:

    Donnie , Julie and family I am so sorry for your loss. I only meet Jake once but seemed very full of life and had a love of music. In my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!

  14. Brandenburger Family, New Athens says:

    Dear Stitzel Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Tim Kelly Tyler and Kaitlyn Brandenburger

  15. Summer Schilling says:

    Loved working with you at Casey’s. I had a lot of good memories!

  16. Jason conaway says:

    So sorry for your loss. Jake was a great guy and I loved hearing him play at the riverhouse. Love and prayers to you all.

  17. Jim & Ellen Vernier says:

    Donnie, Julie and family, We are so sorry for your loss, We will keep you all in our prayers.

  18. Austin Vonderheide says:

    Truly sorry for your lost. Didn’t get to know Jake too well, but what I do know is that Jake was an amazing employee and cared for everyone around him. Sending our condolences from #2045.

  19. Please accept my deepest sympathy I can’t imagine losing a child my thoughts are with you and yours!I will always remember little jane with all my love

  20. Brendan Bovay says:

    Rest easy legend ❤

  21. Sheryl Trumpet says:

    My family & I are sending our condolences, prayers, & love to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Jacob was such a great guy & very talented. He will be greatly missed.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.