Bruce Stalnaker Jr., 83, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Saturday morning, May 25, 2013, in Valentine Personal Care Home at Elkins. He had been in declining health for the past two years, and death was attributed to cancer.
He was born Monday, July 1, 1929, at Dailey, a son of the late Bruce Stalnaker Sr. and Hilda Daniels Stalnaker.
On Feb. 2, 1954, at Oakland, Md., he was married to the former Eva Manolidis, who survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Debra Ellen Fortney of Elkins; two brothers, Roy F. Stalnaker and wife, Margaret, of Elkins and Gerald L. "Jerry" Stalnaker of East Dailey; one sister, Barbara "Bobbie" Hinkle and husband, Charlie, of East Dailey; two grandchildren, Melissa Anne Rowan and husband, Steve, of Morgantown and Marcia Denise Myers and husband, Toby, of Elkins; four great-grandchildren, Emily, Jeremiah, Talia and Christa; and two sisters-in-law, Sharon Snyder Stalnaker of Florida, and Opal Manolidis Menear of Bridgeport.
Preceding him in death was one son-in-law, Lewis James "Lou" Fortney.
He was a graduate of Beverly High School with the class of 1947, where he was a member of the basketball squad. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and had worked as the airport manager at the Elkins-Randolph County Airport for many years and later as an air traffic controller for the FAA at the Elkins Airport from which he retired. He was a member of Beverly High School Alumni Association, Elkins Lodge 1135, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk, Senior Golf League, Elkins-Randolph County Senior Center, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, board of directors for Land of Canaan, board of directors for Meals on Wheels, First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed West Virginia University basketball and football.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. On Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., a funeral service will be conducted with the Rev. Barry R. Moll officiating. Cremation will follow. A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, June 15, at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale where the H. W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion will present the American flag.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Elkins Randolph County Library, 416 Davis Ave., Elkins, WV 26241; the Backpack Program, in care of First United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins, WV 26241; or to the Randolph County Humane Society, P.O. Box 785, Elkins, WV 26241. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Bruce Stalnaker Jr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.