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Jerry Stiner - December 26, 2012


Jerome N. Stiner, a 32-year resident of Haxtun, died Dec. 26, 2012 at the age of 88 in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. Jerry was born March 4, 1923 near St. Joseph, Mo.

His family moved west during the Depression to Bakersfield, where his parents, Sennet and Nell Stiner, raised their three sons and two daughters. After finishing high school, joining the Army and serving during WWII, Jerry became a master carpenter. For a time, he worked in Saudi Arabia and supervised crews on large projects.

In December of 1979, this California native married Jeanne Johnson and they began their life together on her farm five miles south of Dailey until last February when, due to his advancing Alzheimer’s disease, Jerry moved back to Bakersfield and was cared for by his son Michael’s family.

As an active F&H Golf Club member, he volunteered many hours helping remodel the clubhouse, planting trees, mowing and working side by side with his friends in transitioning sand to grass greens. He was also a member of the Haxtun United Methodist Church. Several families around the Haxtun area have benefited from his expert carpentry talents. He enjoyed helping with wheat harvest and was an avid Haxtun Bulldog fan.

Additionally, he helped Jeanne volunteer at the Extended Care Unit at the Haxtun Hospital, assisting her delivering popcorn and juice to the residents. This kind-hearted man will be missed, but his memory will live on with his family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his family in California: son, Michael and wife Colleen Stiner; daughter, Suzanne Loraine Stiner; six grandchildren, Deanne Evans and husband Steven, Christy Findley, Michael Lauer, Michael Cox and wife Beth, Sarah Merchant and husband Marcus and Shianne Leon; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his Haxtun family: wife, Jeanne; two stepdaughters, Vicki Fuesz and husband Gary and Patti Ham and husband Rod; four grandchildren, Cindy Chapdelaine and husband John, Cory Fuesz and wife Heather, Marcie Davis and husband Michael and Tracy Ham and wife Melyssa; and six great-grandchildren, Greg and Lance Chapdelaine, Clinton Laflin and Cash Fuesz, and Marshall and Macie Davis.