Gerald F. "Wiry" Stiles

April 6, 1945January 7, 2019

STILES, Gerald F. (Wiry) –

Passed away January 7, 2019 in Davenport, WA. Gerald was born on April 6, 1945 in Spokane, WA to George Francis and Doris (McKee) Stiles. He grew up in the Bluestem area and attended school in Davenport, WA, graduating from Davenport High School in 1963. He later joined the US Army and served during Vietnam. After the military Gerry returned to Davenport, WA where he started his 40 year career in law enforcement with 29 yrs. at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office in Davenport, WA. Gerry was a 30 year member and President of the Lincoln County Fair Board, a Washington State Brand Inspector for the WA Dept. of Agriculture for 38 years, member of the Bluestem Grange, lifetime member of the NRA, American Quarter Horse Association, and American Paint Horse Association. He enjoyed his horses and cattle, shooting, and rodeos. He worked for Flying 5 and Big Bend Rodeo Companies, and worked at the Davenport Stockyards from the early 1970’s until his death. His spare time was spent following Gonzaga Basketball and spending time with his family. He was an active grandparent, who spent countless hours watching his grandchildren at rodeo and sporting events. He is survived by his wife Joyce at the home, three children Todd (Sarah) Stiles, Katie (Eddie) Bageant and Brandon (Angie) Stiles along with six grandchildren Samantha, Shane, Hailey, Elly, Denton and Tanner. He is preceded in death by his parents. Celebration of Life Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Auditorium with Kris Budde, officiating. Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Lincoln County Fair, PO Box 377, Harrington, WA 99134. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Stiles family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.


17 January

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Lincoln County Fairgrouds Auditorium

1601 Morgan St.
Davenport, WA


Gerald F. "Wiry" Stiles

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Sue Allen

January 17, 2019

I remember the first time that I met Gerry. Joyce introduced me to him and I held out my hand to shake his hand and he gave me a great big hug. He was so warm and welcoming just as you all were when I met you at the hospital. I felt so much love in that room for your dad and grandpa and I'm so thankful that you let me spend some of that precious time with you, your family, and Joyce and Gerry.

I remember the first time Joyce told us about Gerry. She said, "I found my cowboy" and she certainly did. They shared a love of horses and many other things. He made her so happy...

Connie McKay

January 17, 2019

I worked with Gerry for many years at the Lincoln County Fair. He was always very busy and always seemed to get a lot done. He will be missed.

Leslie Alexander

January 16, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Gerry in the Brand Department for over 30 years. He was such a special person and well respected in our program and by the livestock industry he served for so long.
He was always there when you needed him, even in the hard times.
You'll be missed cowboy but God's herd will now be well protected!

Ron Kirkwood

January 16, 2019

I'm so sorry and sad to hear of another one of our classmate's passing. Gerry and I were good friends in high school and most of the 1960's (our FFA activities, our European People to People tour in 1963 and our mutual affection for Pontiac Lemans/GTO's). He had a 1962 Lemans and 1965 GTO and I had a 1964 Lemans. I was best man at his first wedding.
As witnessed by his obit, he was a very busy man since my early experiences with him. His service to this country, Lincoln County and community are commendable. He was an outstanding individual, one that you his family and us fellow classmates can be very proud of. He will be missed by all.

anna badgley

January 14, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Clifford Mckinney

January 12, 2019

I met Gerry when my family moved to Harrington WA. an lived on the cob ranch, I worked with Gerry for most of my teen years, branding cattle, building fence, herding cattle, and bucking hay. I remember that he had a heavy foot and that I could barely keep up with him as i bucked and stacked the hay on trailer, another one was when the Brahma calf chased Todd Stiles and I over the fence after it was dehorned he sure gave us a hard time about it. I have so many memories with Gerry, he will be forever missed. He was a great man and I had the pleasure of knowing and to have learned from him.

Gene and Terry Payne

January 11, 2019

Prayers for the family, Jerry will be missed !!

Yvonne (Sam) Waggoner

January 10, 2019

Another of the good "ole" boys gone. I've known Gerry for close to 40 years and he has been a friend through the years. He will be missed by all that worked with him from the brand department, Stockland, to being President of the Lincoln County Fair. You could always depend on his help. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Barbara Armstrong

January 10, 2019

Very sorry for you loss. Gerry covered many bases with-in our county. His energy and enthusiasm always directed toward helping others. A huge void that so many will mourn. May you find peace in his love for famly and friends.

Casey and Hunter Buffum

January 10, 2019

We met Jerry briefly before his passing when we bought three yearlings from him. We had not planned to go inside, knowing he was ill and not wanting to interfere, but as we were getting ready to leave Joyce called out "My husband wants to meet you!" I would have loved to had a chance to get to know him, his passion for his horses was easy to see. Blessings to his family!