George Oscar Stonehocker, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 17, 2022 just two days after his 96th birthday, at Beehive Homes in Kalispell. He was born on January 15, 1926 in Philipsburg, Montana to Harry and Rosilla (Smith) Stonehocker. He was an only child.
He and his family moved to Ronan when he was five years old. He was a World War II veteran. He met the love of his life, Jewell Needham and they were married on August 17th 1947. They were married for 64 years before she passed away in March 2011. He farmed for most of his life in Ronan. He loved pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Pintlers as well as fishing and hunting.
He loved music and played the mandolin. He sang a lot of his favorite old hymns at home for family and friends as well as some of the area nursing homes.
George had a loving relationship with the Lord and enjoyed reading the bible and bible study material. When his eyed failed, he started listening to bible teaching tapes. He had great biblical discussions with family and friends.
He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He will be sadly missed. “Until next time.”
We wish to thank Beehive Homes and their entire staff for all the excellent care and love that they showed to Dad.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jewell, his sons Dean and Cliff, daughter Julie Krueger and grandson Rod and his parents Harry and Rosilla Stonehocker.
He is survived by his sons, Terry (Ginna) of Kila, Warren of Ronan and Ted (Terali) of Republic, WA as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services for George were private by the family.
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