James F. "Stoney" Stolberg, 80, passed away peacefully at home, with his family at his side. Stony was born Nov. 12, 1932, to Hilda and Carl Stolberg, farmers in Pittsburgh, Pa.
He grew into a kind, resourceful, friendly and generous man. According to his family, Stoney was "quite the character." Known locally, by those fortunate to know him, as "the bread man," Stoney often shared his bread baking talents with family, friends, favorite bank tellers and grocery store clerks. It wasn't interesting enough to just make a basic wheat or sourdough; Stoney tended toward the gourmet, with bread creations like "sweet red onion and pecan" or "Bloody Mary bread," made with spicy V-8 juice and vodka. The latter delivered a great grilled cheese sandwich.
He was a fabulous cook. Along with bread, Stoney was famous in his circles for the outrageously delicious whole roasted pigs which he roasted in his homebuilt cooker, set on its own trailer. Many family and friends, including those at American Legion Post 57, of which he was a lifetime member, will miss and remember Stoney and his culinary skills.
Many will remember his woodworking and construction skills. Stoney owned the Diamond Door Company for several years. Many local garage doors owe their present position to him. Before Stoney moved to Fairbanks in 1975, he gained experience, working from 1961 to 1973, for Galey Construction Co., in Boise and Reno, Nev. One year prior, he had joined the Boise City Police Department, and during his career in law enforcement there, rode in the Ada County Mounted Sheriff's Posse.
Earlier, from 1950 to 1954, Stony served his country in the U.S. Air Force
as an Airman 3rd Class radar operator, in Korea, for which he received a Korean Service Medal.
Stony was a good man and a loving father. He left extensive journals of his life, all of which begin with a record of the day's weather, for his children. These are a gift beyond measure.
He was a jokester, too, and many friends are left to recall the hilarious memories.
Surviving to cherish his memory are daughters, Jamie Jensen, of Fairbanks; Michelle Martin, of Waterloo, Iowa; son, Steven Stolberg, and wife, Lynda, of Bremerton, Wash.; grandson, Craig Jensen, and wife Jennifer, of Spokane, Wash.; great-grandson, Tyler Jensen, of Spokane, Wash.; great-granddaughter, Cierra Jensen, of Spokane, Wash.; his brothers, Kenneth Stolberg, of Grandview, Mo., and Robert Stolberg, of Boise, Idaho; longtime friend, Mike Travers; and his constant canine companion of the last 10 years, Gypsi.
Stoney is preceded in death by his parents, Hilda and Carl, and his brothers, Carl, Stanley, and Delbert; and his sisters, Betty and Arlene.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Stoney's home. Please contact Jamie for location and donation information: (907) 978-3892.