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John "Jack" Stanley Stach

December 14, 1931 July 11, 2016
John "Jack" Stanley Stach
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Obituary for John "Jack" Stanley Stach

12-14-1931 – 7-11-2016

John Stanley Stach, 84 years young, was born in Wallace, Idaho to the late Stanley and Marietta (Martin) Stach. The family moved to Smelterville and again to Kellogg, where, after graduating, he worked at the Bunker Hill Zinc Plant. He enlisted with the Air Force in 1958 and joined the 325th bomb squadron team at Fairchild AFB, where he made many life-long friends. He served as aerial gunman on the B52 Stratofortress in the Vietnam War and earned many awards during his 20-year career. Jack was active in the Boy Scouts at a young age. When he was fifteen, he’d earned all the merit badges to achieve Scouting’s highest honor. Unfortunately, he never got the Eagle Scout ceremony or the badge that came with it, he was a year too young. On his 61st birthday he got quite a surprise when the scouts awarded him the elusive Eagle Badge, arranged by his sister Helen at her house. He had his moment of fame on T.V. and in the local paper. A man of many talents, he enriched his home with creations made of wood and cement. He loved travel and long drives. Hawaii was his favorite destination, where he and his wife met many new friends. Jack is survived by his wife, of 21 years, Linda; his son, Mike (Beverley) Stach; daughter, Tammy (Tim) Devine; son, Terry Stach; grandchildren, Brittney Thompson, Scott (Cassie) Thompson; Anthony (Lindsey) Pearson; Step-daughter, Erica (Eric) Gordon; grandchildren, Elijah, Zackary, and Zoe Gordon; brother, James (Candy) Stach; and their son, Greg Stach; sister, Helen Shobe; nephews, Tim, Tod, and Tom Shobe; and his little dog Pandy. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Stach; daughter, Sharon Pearson; and grand-daughter, Jodi Thompson. Inurnment will be held on August 24th at 2:15 PM at Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA 99022; a reception will immediately follow at VFW Post 1435, 212 S David St, Spokane Valley, WA 99212. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans. Gone but not forgotten, forever in our hearts he will be.

Warm summer winds toss a warming grain
Calling me back to my home again
To dream sweet memories of long ago
Away beyond the hills in Idaho
Where yawning canyons greet the sun
To say another night is done

Community Cremation & Funeral Spokane Valley
13127 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509)926-2020
Communitycremationandfuneral.com

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