Steven Bruce Stocker
November 15, 1949 - April 10, 2014
Steven Bruce Stocker, 64, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2014 from respiratory failure after a brave battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Born in Portland, OR to Eldon and Thelma Stocker, he attended Clinton Kelly Grade School and Marshall High School with his two brothers, Gary and Dan. An accomplished student and athlete, Steve excelled in both football and track and field. In 1967, he threw the best shot put of the year citywide in the PIL. He earned an academic scholarship to Willamette University in Salem, OR, graduating with a BA in physical education. During college, he spent some time living and working at the Oregon School for the Blind. He played football at Willamette as defensive end, and his team reached the national semi-finals in 1968. He had collegiate success in track and field, and his records for the shot put and discus remain on Willamette's top ten lists.
While at Willamette, he met fellow student Teri Tinker, and they married in 1971. Together they raised two children, Erin and Scott, moving to the Mt. Tabor area of Portland in 1978, and later to Damascus, OR in 1989. An interested and supportive father, he was always present at events with a camera and his early 1980's VHS video recorder, ready to document life as it unfolded. He was a well-loved coach for his daughter's softball teams. Steve and his son shared an interest in working on cars and all things mechanical, and together they built a small vacation house at the Oregon Coast in Manzanita. He was active in the community and served as a volunteer firefighter
with the Boring Fire Department from 1990 to 1999. Steve and Teri divorced in 1999.
He met Linda Ross in 1999, and moved to his most recent home in Keizer, OR along the banks of the Willamette River. They married in 2009. Together they adopted two dachshunds, M.E. and E.D. He enjoyed spending time with an extensive network of family and friends. Linda preceded him in death in 2010.
He met his wife, Christine Baker, in 2011, and they married in 2012. They resided in Keizer with the two dachshunds and her dog, Shadow. They enjoyed visiting their second home in rural Idaho, attending local cultural events, and traveling. He became an active member of Saint Mark Lutheran Church.
Steve started his career with Portland General Electric in 1972 as a meter reader. He held subsequent positions as a dispatcher, service and design consultant, and most recently, supervisor of service inspectors. He actively worked with the company for 39 years in Salem, Portland, and Gresham until he retired in 2011 due to illness. He was highly regarded by his colleagues and had the opportunity to form many enduring friendships.
Known for his meticulous attention to detail, Steve valued his ability to organize and finish projects. He enjoyed history and genealogy, always finding relevance in his connection to the world. He was proud to be a descendent of Oregon pioneers who settled at Champoeg. Steve was known for bringing people together, welcoming others, and finding common ground among friends. He will be remembered for his warm smile, sense of humor, and an open, generous heart.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Baker; daughter, Erin Higgins (David); son, Scott Stocker (Jennifer); step-children, Jeff Ross (Cathleen), Greg Ross (Samantha), Lara Amoth (Kurt), and Jason Wollnick (Andria Walker and family); step-grandchildren, Dallas Ross (Bethany), Bailey Ross, Alex Ross, Maddie Ross, Kelsey Foster, and Karley Foster; brother, Gary Stocker (Linda), and numerous extended family members and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Daniel Stocker (Kathie); and second wife, Linda Ross.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, at Saint Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, open to everyone. An informal gathering to celebrate his life will follow. Remembrances may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or to Willamette University.