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Elmo D. Stake

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Stake, Elmo D.
96, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on January 31st, 2016 in the long-term care facility at The Terraces of Phoenix. Born in Helix, Oregon on September 11, 1919, Elmo was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, by his mother Ruth Stake (nee Paulson) where he graduated from Saint Paul's Central High School, class of '37. During WWII, Elmo served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed in New Guinea. After his marriage to Barbranell Slawson and his discharge from the military, he attended the University of Minnesota while working full-time and raising three kids. In the winter of 1952, claiming he was tired of pouring boiling water from a tea kettle to thaw out the car door lock to go to work in the morning, he and Barbranell moved their family to Phoenix to be with Barbranell's mother and sister's family, where Elmo and Barbranell have lived ever since. In Phoenix, Elmo worked in prefabrication development as a project liaison at AiResearch Manufacturing until his retirement in 1984, at one point working on the development of parts for the space shuttle. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Phoenix, and for many years was a scoutmaster for the Loma Linda Elementary School troop of boy scouts. Elmo was an avid reader his entire life and instilled a love of reading and the arts in his kids. The family made regular trips to the Phoenix Library every two weeks, as well as frequent visits to museums and Arizona's many national parks and monuments. After his retirement Elmo and Barbranell had the freedom and opportunity to travel through the British Isles, Europe, Alaska, China, and Puerto Rico. Elmo is survived by his son and daughters: Peter (Deborah), Kristin Wondrash (Robert) and Kendis; grandchildren: Elizabeth, Rachel; sister: Loree Munson of Charlottesville, VA; and many nieces and nephews. Elmo is buried with Barbranell at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery and Mortuary in Phoenix. Contributions in Elmo's name may be made to: : http://www.cancer.org
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 17, 2016
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