ELKINS - A longtime local businessman and Elkins Rotary Club member was remembered fondly by his friends Friday after his passing this week.
Roy Francis Stalnaker, 81, of Elkins passed away Thursday evening at the Davis Medical Center emergency department. Stalnaker was born in Beverly and was a graduate of Beverly High School.
He worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Elkins and retired in Jackson, Miss., after 33 years of service. After returning to Elkins, he worked for Huntington Bank for 21 years, eventually retiring as a mortgage loan officer.
Stalnaker was an active Rotarian, serving for 22 years, who, other members said, was always willing to step up and volunteer his time.
"He was a valued member of Rotary," said Merllene Yorkey, a current Rotarian and close friend of Stalnaker. "He was always one to give a helping hand wherever it was needed. He was a wonderful friend, a good contributor, and he will be greatly missed."
"He did a lot of good for the community and he was a very conscientious and civic-minded person," Kerr Kump, also a Rotarian, told The Inter-Mountain Friday. "He was great for service and he was always willing to volunteer. He attended everything we as an organization did. He was what a Rotarian should be."
Rotarian Grace Roy called Stalnaker a "quiet gentleman" who was respectful of other club members, especially women.
"He had a hidden sense of humor and he would let it out and let you see his personality," Roy said. "He faithfully attended all Rotary events and supported the club and all of its activities. He was one of the cornerstones of the club."
"I am glad to be able to count him as one of my friends," Yorkey said. "He meant a lot to the club and to so many other people he touched."
Ron LaNeve, a former District Governor of Rotary International, said he had the opportunity to meet many Rotarians over the course of his tenure in the club, and Stalnaker stood out.
"This is how I would describe him: if you looked up the word 'gentleman' in a dictionary, you would find Roy Stalnaker," LaNeve said. "He was the type of person Elkins can't afford to lose. He just cared about people.
"There is a saying we use in Rotary that goes 'service is the rent you pay for living on Earth,'" LaNeve continued. "Roy Stalnaker exemplifies that."