Stanley Robert Humphrey, 73, died of natural causes on March 27, 2019 in his Island City home following a severe struggle with pneumonia. A memorial service will be held for Stan at the Pendleton Church of the Nazarene on April 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Known by his closest friends and family by his childhood nickname of “Corky”, Stan was born to Percy and Thelma (Davis) Humphrey on December 30, 1945 in Bellingham, Washington. A key member of the school’s football team and a talented trumpet player, Stan graduated from Westfir High School near Oakridge, Oregon in 1964. Stan married Elizabeth Ann Connolly in 1975 before moving to Elgin, Oregon where they raised their son and daughter.
A proud member of the International Bureau of Electrical Workers Local 89, Stan worked 32 years for General Telephone & Electric (GTE). Stan began his career building communications infrastructure in the local area and was later charged with the day-to-day operation of the Company’s offices in La Grande, Elgin, Imbler, Cove, and Union. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, it was sometimes Stan’s voice that could be heard advising GTE customer’s when they dialed a number that was no longer in service or when they “must dial a one” when calling a number. Following his retirement from GTE, Stan found work as a courier for Interpath Laboratories in Pendleton, Oregon where he lived for 17 years before returning to Union County in 2018.
Growing up on the upper Willamette River before moving to northeastern Oregon, Stan was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life. Stan loved to fish the local area, especially the Wallowa and Minam Rivers and Jubilee Lake. Stan was a very skilled hunter preferring the Wenaha and Chesnimus areas for both deer and elk. Stan was also known for the meticulous care of his vegetable gardens and landscaping around his homes. Having also worked as a chef in his younger days, Stan was known by family members for his skills in the kitchen. Stan attended the Nazarene Churches in Elgin and Pendleton and drove the Elgin church’s Sunday school bus for several years. Stan was also a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Elgin Ambulance for several years.
Survivors include Stan’s wife, Ann; his sister Judy Strakbein and her husband Kenneth of Fair Oaks, California; his son Ryan and his wife Mindy (Blanchard) of Astoria; his daughter Gillian of Island City; 3 grandchildren, 6 nieces, and one nephew.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jeannette Hodgdon.