Life long Eagle Valley cattle rancher Wallace “Wally” Eli Stanciu passed away Feb. 25, 2007, following an extended illness. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 2, 2007, 11 a.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Richland, Ore. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the service at the Richland Grange Hall.
Wally was born at the Stanciu Ranch in Richland Ore., on Feb. 5, 1923, to Eli and Rose (Allen) Stanciu.
He grew up in Richland and attended Pleasant Ridge Grade School and graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1941. He was very involved in school and was active in basketball and track.
Wally married Maureen Goodwin-Jakeway on Sept. 20, 1981, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. He ranched his entire life at the family ranch on the Powder River, where he was very proud of his Hereford cows and spent years walking miles and miles with his dog changing irrigating water.
Wally grew to have a deep and passionate love for the Lord and was eagerly looking forward to Jesus second coming. During his illness he enjoyed watching 3ABN Christ centered TV. He was an active member of the Richland Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Wally enjoyed many interests including crossword puzzles and was continually expanding his knowledge through reading. He was an avid reader of any newspaper he could get his hands on and greatly enjoyed history and health books. He was a life long member of the Democrat party and a very active member in the Baker County chapter in years past.
Wally loved to spend time in the mountains and enjoyed gathering and sharing firewood with anyone who needed some. He always found time out of his schedule to stop and help a friend or neighbor with anything they needed; he got great pleasure out of helping people. Wally enjoyed studying family history and kept a daily diary for most of his life. One of his favorite activities was visiting with his many friends of all ages. He never knew a stranger and was loved by all who knew him.
Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Rose Stanciu; brother, Lorin Stanciu.
Wally is survived by his wife, Maureen of Richland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Churby Stanciu of Coeur d’Alene Idaho; nephew John (Mary) Stanciu, of College Place, Wash; grand nephew Eli (Jenny) Stanciu and their children Eli and Austin of Liberty Lake, Wash; Maggie, Callie and Katie Gladden of College Place, Wash. niece, Marion (Joe) Ross of Coeur d’Alene Idaho, grand niece Lora (John) Scott and Andrew of Winterset, Iowa; grand nephew, Joe (Linda) Ross, Jr. and their children Densley and Katie of Cameron Park, New South Wales Australia; grandchildren Mollie Tachenko (Jeremy Whitaker) of Baker City, Ore., and Ryan (Vanessa) Tachenko, Baker City, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Eagle Valley Ambulance Education Fund through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834
Used with permission from The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, February, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor