John Lee Stoops

1920 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John Lee Stoops Obituary
John Lee Stoops August 28, 1920 - October 13, 2012 John Lee Stoops was born on August 28, 1920 in Dawson, New Mexico to Henry and Ollie Stoops. While working at a Walgreens in Midland, Texas he dated and married his sweetheart, Miss Glenna Louise Jones ("Flossie"), January 31, 1942. He was drafted September, 1942 into the Army and served in Army Air Corps as a bombardier. He later served in Greenland at the Stragetic Air Command. In 1943 the Army Air Corp set up weather stations, Scoresbysund (bluie East-3) on the east coast. The weather stations gave the allies a strategic edge over the Germans in battle planning and provided a decisive factor in D-Day based on a good weather forecast from Greenland. John was released from active service in 1946 where he rejoined Glenna and his daughter, Lynda, who was conceived in Chicago on an R&R visit. He returned to school and graduated from the University of New Mexico as a geologist. John and Glenna were married for thirty six years until she died suddenly from spinal meningitis in1978. They had two more children, Deborah and John Jr. while working for Tidewater Oil Co. which later became Getty Oil. He worked for Getty in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and lastly in Bakersfield. In1978 John retired as the Getty's Western Region Area Lead Geologist. John was a true "Renaissance Man" as his curiosity led him to many interests and achievements. He was an accomplished craftsman in wood; jewelry, photography and minerals. He worked for the Bakersfield Californian as a writer and a photographer. After retirement, he was a geologist consultant and was used in many important trials as an expert. He loved thinking about a project and seeing it to its completion. In his later years, John became very active in Bakersfield's own Mavericks Association For Single Adults. It was there that he met and started a wonderful close relationship with Eda Davis. To use her words "John and I shared almost ten years of making each other less lonely, with much laughter, dinners were special, in fact, outrageous desserts." John passed peacefully, without pain medication, after a short stay in a full care facility. He is survived by daughters Lynda Baldwin (Lonnie) and Deborah Stanik, son, John Jr; (Janine) seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many, many friends. John loved life and if you would like to join us in his celebration of life it will held at Greenlawn Memorial, 3700 Rivers Blvd, Bakersfield, Friday, October 19 at 2PM. God bless. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 18, 2012
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