Gary Gene Stockly (1947 - 2017)

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  • "I think of you, Pop, every night when I say to myself after..."
    - Best little girl
  • "Dear Stockly Family: I am very sorry for your loss."
    - Lowell Mengel II
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    - Dale Stockly
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    - Kate
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Gary Gene Stockly died peacefully in his Anchorage, Alaska, home on March 10, 2017, after a long and brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Jo Stockly; children, Grant and Hyunjung Stockly (grandchildren, Amy, Gary and Joseph), Kate Stockly and Ole Stockly; and his three brothers, Dale (Cindy), Douglas (Carol) and Bill (Lisa) Stockly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanne Stockly, Douglas Stockly and Evelyn Stockly of Eureka, Calif.
Gary was born on Dec. 22, 1947, and grew up in Eureka, Calif., surrounded by northern California's majestic Redwood trees, one of his favorite things. While studying accounting at Humboldt State University he joined the team at the family-owned Thrifty Supply Store, developing friendships that lasted his lifetime. After graduation, he moved to Anchorage in 1975, with his brother, Bill. Gary began his apprenticeship at UA Local 367 and worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in Valdez, Alaska. His began his 24 year career at Johnson Controls in 1983. He was highly respected by his coworkers and enjoyed traveling to construction sites all around Alaska installing HVAC control systems as the general foreman and administrator. However, for Gary, aka "Pop," the highlight of his day was coming home to his adoring family. He met his wife, Jo, in 1981, and loved to tell the story that he knew right away that she was "just right" for him. After retirement in 2008, he continued working part time with JC as a consultant until his diagnosis with ALS in 2010.
Gary was an incredibly generous, patient, kind and steadfast person with a twinkle in his eye. He was a devoted family man who found a deep and joyful love with his wife, "Josie," and who took great pride in his children's diverse interests and accomplishments. His stoic bravery in living the last 6 1/2 years of his life with ALS is a testament to his faith and commitment to "counting his blessings," even in times of trial. Gary and the family attended Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, where he served a term on the church council and perpetually helped with the church building's maintenance needs.
Gary's desire was for cremation and to be scattered among the old-growth Redwoods in the Richardson Grove State Park; with half to be kept lovingly in a redwood urn handcrafted by his son, Ole. He requested that a memorial service take place in Anchorage in the summertime - date and time to be determined - at COSLC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ALS Guardian Angels, which provides grants to help families with expenses not covered by other programs: http://www.alsguardianangels.com/).
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Mar. 19, 2017