Stephen Michael Stamper, 60, lost his three-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born in Riverside, Calif., to William and Carol (Smith) Stamper.
He is survived by his parents; his best friend and wife, Cheryl; his children, Amy (Pat) Friedel, Chris (Houda) Stamper; his stepchildren, Luke (Jamie) Gaze, Bucky (Virginia) Gaze, Jeanne Gaze, Robynn (Lauren) Gaze and Levi Gaze. And we must not forget his best buddy, his spoiled dog, Abby.
Steve is also survived by his sister, Joyce (Randy) Brueggeman, and his brother, Kenny (Martha) Stamper. He was also a loved Papa to Patrick and Bryant Friedel, Elias Stamper, Bethani and Lukas Gaze, and Elizabeth and Isabella Vasquez.
Steve graduated from Roxana High School in 1971. He was an Eagle Scout. He worked for Venture stores for 28 years prior to their closing. He was also a Roxana Volunteer Firefighter for just about as many years. He was Fire Chief for the Village of Roxana and also a street department employee until the time of his brain cancer diagnosis. He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, trout fishing at Bennett Springs, sturgeon and salmon fishing on the Columbia River. Some of his best times were white water rafting with the kids on the White Salmon River and zip lining at Glacier National Park with best friends Terry and Becky Close. Steve and Cheryl spent the past year and a half travelling and campground hosting on the Columbia River. During his year and a half hosting, he has met and touched many lives.
A Celebration of His Life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 10 N. Center, Rosewood Heights, by Pastor Daryl Fansler. Professional services are entrusted to Paynic Home for Funerals, with online guestbook and information at www.paynicfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke's Cancer Center or Head For The Cure.