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Herbert StigallNovember 21, 1928 ~ September 15, 2017 (age 88)
Herbert Lee ‘Herb’ Stigall
November 21, 1928 ~ September 15, 2017
Herbert Lee “Herb” Stigall, of Prineville, formerly of Bend, passed away Sept. 15, 2017. Herb was born Nov. 21, 1928 in Hartville, Missouri, to parents, Opal and Alva Stigall, joining his older brother, Ervil, and later a sister, Estelene. He was 88 years old.
The family moved to Oregon in the spring of 1937. They located in one of the Brooks Scanlon Logging camps, approximately 50 miles south of Bend. In 1940, the camp was moved to the Sisters area, and they moved to Bend.
Herb graduated from Bend High School in 1946. He worked for Brooks Scanlon in the woods and on the Brooks Scanlon railroad. He learned to run the “Steel Rig” as it was called and handled the rails and ties.
In 1950, he was called to serve his country. He joined the 11th Airborne Division after basic training and spent his time in the service as a paratrooper until 1953, when he was honorably discharged.
Herb met his wife to be, Jean Belt, in Rochester, New York, while in the service. They were married in Rochester in 1955, and their love lasted for 62 years. Together, they brought three boys into this world, proud of them all, Gary, Jeffrey and Gregory.
In 1957, Herb changed his career and went to work for the Union Oil Company at the distribution plant in Bend. In 1958, the family moved to Prineville, and Herb became office manager for the local Haynes Union Oil plant until 1983. He then worked in real estate and the Les Schwab Warehouse Center until retiring.
Herb was a member of the Prineville Kiwanis for many years and served as president from 1979 to 1980, earning the title of Distinguished President.
After retirement, his greatest joy was caring for his home and surrounding grounds, where the family had built their home beside the Crooked River. He took great pride in all he did to make the yard a showpiece, and many people in the community called it “Herb’s Park.” He also enjoyed keeping his binoculars at the back door so he could watch the birds and wildlife in the yard and across the river. In 2012, Jean and Herb relocated to a smaller place in Prineville.
In his younger days, Herb enjoyed hunting and fishing. In later years, he and Jean took up the game of golf and spent many years with special friends, traveling throughout the Northwest on golfing trips. Herb and Jean did a lot of traveling after they were both retired. They traveled throughout the United States and took several cruises, visiting many countries abroad.
Surviving Herb are his eldest son, Gary, and his wife, Cheryl, with his grandchildren, Emily and Daniel, who reside in San Diego and Seattle; he also leaves his youngest son, Greg, and his wife, Jill, and granddaughter, Shelby, and her husband, Anthony Parshall, along with Herb’s only great-grandson, Elias Parshall, all of Springfield; one son, Jeffrey, preceded him in death in 1990. Also surviving are his niece, Geraldine Stigall Anderson, of Redmond; and a cousin, Dottie Jean Clements, of Springfield, Missouri. Herb loved the time he spent with family.
At Herb’s request, there will be no formal service held.
Memorials may be made to the St. Charles Hospice, 446 NW Third St., Prineville, OR 97754.
Burial arrangements are under the direction of Prineville Funeral Home.