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John Stetner

John Phillip Stetner

Thursday, June 25th, 1942 - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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Obituary

John Stetner, 78, of Quincy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 25, 2020. He was born June 25, 1942 to Dan and Lena Stetner in Mabton, Washington. He was the 10th of 13 children. He attended Mabton schools until the 3rd grade, bragging his whole life that his teachers loved him so much they kept him in first grade for 2 years.

The family moved to Quincy in 1954 where he continued his schooling and graduated from Quincy High School in 1961. Growing up in a family of that size, the entertaining stories of childhood shenanigans are endless. He was truly passionate about farming and took pride in all that he accomplished, retiring in 2015. In 1957, he met the love of his life, Patty Schulz, while hurling irrigation water from his siphon tubes in her direction. They married November 16, 1963 and welcomed Sherri, their favorite oldest daughter, in 1966, followed by Tina, their favorite youngest daughter in 1970.

Sherri and Tina THOUGHT they were the most important parts of his life until the grandkids came along. As soon as those kids were tall enough to see over the steering wheel, Grandpa recruited them as water-changing-chauffeurs, soon after graduating to the county roads, but despite their protests, never allowing them to exceed 40 MPH. John was an active member of St Paul Lutheran Church and loved fishing, hunting and traveling.

Next to Patty, John was the luckiest we knew at the casinos (cha-ching) always glad to share his winnings with the kids. Later in his life, he became passionate about woodworking, lovingly crafting countless treasures that will be cherished for years to come.

He is survived by his adoring and devoted, wife Patty, loving daughters and their husbands, Sherri and Darrin Van Diest and children Blake (23), Dawson (20) and Tina and Anthony Gonzalez and children Madison (25), Hannah (20) and Nate (17), siblings Lauretta (Tom) Garred, Helen Clasen, David Stetner, Ken (Sandra) Ackerman and Dan (Leila) Stetner.

He was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered for his jolly laugh, his love of life and the “farmer wave” which lives on through his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Siblings; Margaret Rider, Rudy Stetner, Herb Stetner, Florence Fickle, Betty Rose, Don Stetner and Judy Weber.

Services will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Quincy Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the QVHSM (Quincy Valley Historical Society Museum), PO Box 1003, Quincy, WA, 98848 Donations will go towards the roofing project of the Old Lutheran Church.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at www.scharbachs.com.
Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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  • Graveside Service

    Location
    Quincy Valley Cemetery
    Address
    625 F Street SW
    QUINCY, WA 98848
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    Do to the restrictions that have been put in place only 10 family members are allowed in the cemetery for the service others are welcome to be outside the cemetery fence. The graveside service will be live streamed from Scharbach's Columbia Funeral Chapel Facebook Page.

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Edna Calloway McNeese

Posted at 12:31am
Thinking of you Patty and your beautiful family.
I always loved that man and so happy to see and talk to him at a class reunion. Many memories you have. So happy that I have family still in Quincy that share home news.
My love and prayers for you.
Edna Calloway McNeese
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Bonita Osterloh McKinney

Posted at 02:03pm
John was a special classmate at Q.H.S. and we have fond memories of him throughout our school years. Yes, he did have an infectious laugh and was friendly and easy to be around. The class of 1961 are better people because of knowing John. He will be missed and well remembered with love and friendship. May the good Lord surround all of you with healing arms during this difficult time. Blessings to your family. Bonita Osterloh McKinney
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Kaye Manly

Posted at 01:14pm
Patti, I just found out about John. I am so sorry you had to lose that wonderful guy. Our hearts are so saddened by this news. You two raised a wonderful family that you can be proud of and will be there for you now. Getting old and sick is not what we bargained for. But then we were young and couldn’t see that far ahead. It helps a lot to know there is life after this life. It gives us hope. Take care, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love ya Kaye and Jim.
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Jim Manly

Posted at 01:06pm
John you will be remembered by all of those who knew you. You were a good friend, & I can remember all the times with you and Bill Watson. Your in good hands now and save a place for me. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Jim & Kaye Manly
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Ann Smith

Posted at 12:06am
Patty, Sending you my Love and Prayers. It has been over 30 years ago when I first met you and John......at Pizza Inn. I was your favorite waitress at “Pizza Inn”. I bought my first snowmobiles from you guys. I have so many special memories of both of you, Thank you for sharing your life with me. Ann Smith
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