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Pat Stockton - September 19, 2011


John Pat Stockton was born March 20, 1931 near Edmondson, Texas. He was the second eldest of seven children born to Alonzo “Lonnie” Hugh Stockton and Myrtle Amanda (Ferrell) Stockton. He died trusting his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sept. 19, 2011 at the age of 80. He was a beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was baptized Aug. 31, 1947 in the Kress Baptist Church by Rev. Russell Page and was confirmed on March 3, 1956 by Rev. Einspahr in Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke.

He attended School in Kress and Plainview, Texas.

He spent his early years working for his parents’ and family’s custom harvesting business. In 1951 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After receiving his basic training in Oceanside, Calif. he served as a private first class in the 1st Marine Corps Division E Company 2nd Battalion gunner in Mortars and was stationed in Korea from 1951-1952.

In 1953 he returned to Texas to help his family with the custom harvesting. In 1953 while in Holyoke, he met Sylvia Ann Strehlow (while she was working at the Holyoke Drug Company).

They were united in marriage March 7, 1954 by Rev. A. Edwin Wolf in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plainview, Texas. To this union three children were born. While in Plainview he worked for Deyancy Oil Company and Ottman Drilling Company.

In 1955 he moved with his wife to Paoli where he worked at the Paoli Farmers Co-op Elevator, Exploration Drilling Company as a rough neck, Chalmer’s and Borton Construction Company as a cement finisher building elevators. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserves until his honorable discharge in 1959.

In 1959 he moved with his family to Holyoke where he worked for Scholl Oil Company and the Holyoke Co-op Association for 27 years in many different capacities. He enjoyed working for many area farmers, playing pinochle, hunting and fishing, visiting friends in Dove Creek and spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Freeman; brothers, Jack and Lonnie Stockton Jr.; and grandson, Mathew Kropp.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sylvia (Strehlow) Stockton of Holyoke; sisters, Dorothy Copeland and Mary Brooks and husband Reverend Leo Brooks; brother, George Stockton and wife Lena; sister-in-law, Betty Stockton; and brother-in-law, Bobby Freeman, all of Texas; children, James Stockton of Arvada, Karla DeBoer and husband Robert of Holyoke and Wanda Hassler and husband Hank of Holyoke; grandchildren, Mark Kropp and wife Gretchen of Canton, Ohio, Jeremy DeBoer of Leadville, Kristi Colglazier and husband Andrew of Holyoke, Laurie Owen and husband Jarritt of Atascadero, Calif. and Brian DeBoer of Ft. Collins; foster grandson Geoffrey Poole of Wheat Ridge; great-grandchildren, Reece Kropp of Chesapeake, Va., Lauren and Kaitlyn Belknap of Canton, Ohio and Keegan and Anessa Colglazier of Holyoke; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The memorial service was held Sept. 23 at Zion Lutheran Church with Reverend Gary Rahe officiating. Inurnment followed in the Holyoke Cemetery.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.