Baker City, Oregon
Stanley E. Resnik, 56, a long-time Baker City resident, died peacefully at his home on May 4, 2002.
Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian burial will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cathedral. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate. There will be a reception to celebrate Stan’s life for family and friends after the Mass.
Stan was born at Port Jervis, N.Y., on April 16, 1946. He was a son of Jacob and Dorothy Goble Resnik. He was raised and educated in New York, attending St. Mary’s Catholic School through eighth grade. He was a graduate of Port Jervis High School.
After graduation, on Aug. 17, 1965, he entered the U.S. Air Force. He was transferred to Baker City to work at the Air Force Radar Base. He met and fell in love with Pamela Rambo. They were married on Dec. 28, 1966, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. They had two children, Denise and Ashly.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, in August 1969, Stan went to work for the Chevrolet garage. He worked for the company for 23 years as an auto technician. In 1992, he went to work for the Baker School District as its transportation supervisor.
Stan loved to garden and was often found outdoors taking care of his fruit and pine trees and garden whenever he was able to. Boating, camping, fishing, mushrooming and elk hunting were other favorites of Stan’s. As his daughter said, “he could catch a fish in a mud puddle.” Some of his favorite times were spent on the Snake River and in the mountains.
He also loved to watch NASCAR stock car racing and had one of the hottest cars in Baker City. He was also Dale Earnhardt’s biggest fan.
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Stan built a Chevy from the bottom up. His ’57 Chevy, “Neise Leigh,” was his pride and joy. Prior to the Chevy, he built a fast Chevrolet El Camino.
In 1999, he fulfilled one of his life’s dreams by attending a NASCAR race in Las Vegas where he was able to watch Earnhardt race. He had a reputation of being the best automobile technician around.
Stan was a dedicated husband and father. He loved being with his wife, daughters and grandchildren and “Daddy Doo” and “Gampa” was always there for them. He was always ready for a good time and loved to throw a party. The more people, the better!
He lived life zestfully and with a positive attitude. A smile was always on his face. He enjoyed helping people and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pam Resnik; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Jon Foley of Akron, Ohio, and Ashly and Jake Pearce of Baker City; grandchildren, Alexis, Patrick and Deidre Foley and Draven and Paige Pearce; brother, John Resnik of Orlando, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Joseph Legato of Baker City; nephews, James Resnik, Paul Resnik, Joseph Legato, Jeffery Legato and his wife, Danielle and Trevor Legato; grand-niece, Julia Legato; brother-in-law, Arlie J. Rambo, and his children, Michelin, Bo J. and Heather; and best friend, Ross Bond.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, James Resnik.
Memorial contributions may be made to Baker Pathway Hospice or St. Francis de Sales Church. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 10, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor