Franklin "Forrest" Stalnaker, 79, of Buckhannon, died at his home Sunday, April 14, 2013, under the care of his family and People's Hospice.
He was born May 26, 1933, in Lewis County, a son of the late Granville Clinton and Virginia Lee Berry Stalnaker.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Strader Stalnaker; three daughters, Saundra Kay Stalnaker of Buckhannon, Melanie Stalnaker McGhee of Buckhannon and Melinda Faye Stalnaker Curry of Bridgeport; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Barrett Lee Stalnaker of North Carolina; and one sister, Sue Moore of Buckhannon. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, three sisters and three brothers.
Mr. Stalnaker served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3663, Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 American Legion and Franklin Lodge 7 AF and AM, where he served as past master on two different occasions. He retired in 1991 from Mountaineer Gas Co. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Buckhannon where he had served as a past deacon.
Friends will be received at Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel today from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert F. Heavner and Pastor Jay Teodoro officiating. Interment will follow in Buckhannon Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.heavnerandcutright.com. Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.