Charles Wendall Stoabs
June 16, 1930 – June 18, 2020
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Charles Wendall Stoabs passed away June 18, 2020 just after celebrating his 90th birthday. Wendall was born June 16, 1930 in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, just 5 miles north of the Great Salt Plains.
He graduated Jet High School in 1948 where he was Valedictorian of his class. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Trade and Industrial Education from Oklahoma A & M in 1953.
Wendall served his country in the U.S. Air Force where he was a pilot. Afterward, he worked as a carpenter and then as a piping and pressure vessel draftsman.
Wendall and his wife Norma were members of Lakeside United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher. He was so proud the day each of his three children were born. He was active in their lives, and even coached Little League Baseball.
Wendall enjoyed gardening, bible study, and was good at fixing anything.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles D. and Hazel D. (Dale) Stoabs; daughters Janice (Stoabs) Standage-Wade and Priscilla (Stoabs) Barrett; and brothers James Delbert Stoabs, Virgil Stoabs, Alfred Stoabs, and Lowell Gene Stoabs.
Wendall is survived by his wife Norma, his son Charles D. and wife Laura Stoabs of Oklahoma City; brother Leon Stoabs and wife Shirley of Carlsbad, California; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 23 from 4-8 pm. A service to celebrate Wendall’s life will be 10 am, Wednesday, June 24 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home (limited seating). Interment will be in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.
- Charles D. Stoabs, Father (deceased)
- Hazel D. (Dale) Stoabs, Mother (deceased)
- Alfred Stoabs, Brother (deceased)
- Lowell Gene Stoabs, Brother (deceased)
- James Delbert Stoabs, Brother (deceased)
- Virgil Stoabs, Brother (deceased)
- Priscilla (Stoabs) Barrett, Daughter (deceased)
- Norma L. (Farley) Stoabs, Wife
- Janice (Stoabs) Standage-Wade, Daughter (deceased)
- Charles D. Stoabs (Laura Stoabs), Son
- Leon Stoabs (Shirley Stoabs), Brother
- Wendall leaves nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews who will continue to keep his legacy alive.
- Skip Cordrey , Pallbearer
- Charley Newcomb, Pallbearer
- Brent Standage, Pallbearer
- Dale Stoabs, Pallbearer
- Dusty Stoabs, Pallbearer
- Jeff Stoabs, Pallbearer
- Riley Stoabs, Pallbearer
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Celebration of Life
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Charles Wendall Stoabs
June 24, 2020
Mr Stoabs was like a grandpa to me. I didn't know either of my grandpas and he definitely filled the void. I remember many times standing with him in his kitchen discussing a wide variety of topics. He would say we were "solving all the world's problems". He was a thoughtful, caring man who planned things out meticulously, but was not afraid of getting dirty. I remember squeezing under the house with him to help demolish an old kitchen drain, and sitting on the back patio listening to all of his plans for his garden. He was a wonderful person in this world, and I'll miss him very much.
June 23, 2020
My Grandpa was a truly wonderful man (kind, giving, witty, forgiving, and strong). He spent his life solving problems (at work and around the house) and is partly why I was interested in studying engineering in college.
Grandpa was also a man of God and a devoted member of his church. "If God ever made a mistake, it was the bell pepper." (He was also pretty funny). He obsessed over his huge vegetable garden and collected pecans from the tall trees around the property (with the help of the handy pecan-picker-upper he invented).
Grandpa was 90 years old and even this spring remembered Grandma and his 67th wedding anniversary! Can you imagine?! They were a great team. Grandpa constructed their Village neighborhood home (building onto an existing small old house) and Grandma made it beautiful.
We spent nearly everyday at that house (playing basketball, running across the street to the park, playing croquet in the big backyard, catching fireflies, playing piano in the parlor with my best friend, climbing the willow tree in the front yard).
I'll never forget sitting around the table on Thanksgiving with the sound of a football game in the background after dinner, going to Furrs on Sundays, and getting hamburgers at Johnny's. Oh, and the birthday chair, we HAVE to mention the birthday chair!
My childhood was magical and it was my grandparents that provided most of that enchantment. When I was 10, I traveled to Florida with them. We visited Disney World, Universal Studios, and the Kennedy Space Center. It was epic. My grandpa saw me looking at a 101 Dalmatians figurine in the gift shop and surprised me with it. I keep it in my china hutch to this day.
I loved my grandpa so much. It's hard to say goodbye and to lose another foundational pillar in my life, but there's nowhere he can go where he won't also be with me.
June 22, 2020
I will forever be thankful for Mr. Stoabs and his wonderful family. He was a great family man and he will be dearly missed. My condolences to the family.
Lois (Mrs Wayne) guffy
June 22, 2020
To the Family of Wendall Stoabs
I got to know the Stoabs family when I married Wayne Guffy son of James and Jessie Guffy who were neighbors and great friends of the Stoabs in 1947. Wendall also knew my sister Lila Caywood when she lived with us too. Our sons are also great friends of Mark and have visited the home place many times. I thoroughly enjoyed reading of Wendalls life and about all of his family.
With deep sympathy to all of you.
Lois Caywood Guffy and family Byron, OK.
Pcture of James and Jessie Guffy Family.
June 20, 2020
I'm so very sorry for your loss! I remember many times being at Norma and Wendall's home for meals and sharing with the family. It's hard to believe so much time has gone by since those times of family fun and fellowship. They were always so kind and gracious and Wendall just seemed like he was the most easy going person I've ever met. I love those memories and I know no one will ever replace your beloved Wendall! Many hugs and prayers to you as you go through this very difficult time.
Ron and Cheryl Standage