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Lawrence Stilwell

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Lawrence Stilwell Obituary
LAWRENCE HARDESTY STILWELL, age 87, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016. He passed peacefully and was surrounded by family. Lawrence was born in Upland, California in 1929 to Ross and Christena Stilwell. He was raised in Ontario, California where he met his neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Virginia Marie Stilwell, and married ten days after she graduated high school. They moved to Turlock, California where they owned a dairy farm and had their first two children, David and Paul. Lawrence began working for Southern California Edison as a truck driver and grounds man, which moved the family to Apple Valley. Their third child, Christy, was born in Apple Valley. In 1960 Lawrence began working as a lineman for Edison and the family moved to Hemet, CA where they resided for 56 years. Lawrence was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a youth group leader, a deacon, and on the church board. He was known throughout the community as a family man. He loved to spend time camping, boating, hiking, fishing, bird watching - essentially any outside activity that he could enjoy with his family. He enjoyed raising horses and cattle. His children and grandchildren enjoyed spending days in their field riding the horses, tractors and other farm equipment. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Stilwell of Hemet; his son David and Sung of Chino Hills; son Paul of Napa; daughter Christy and George of Hemet; grandson Steven and Heather of La Mirada; granddaughter Regina and Chris of Managua, Nicaragua; granddaughter Becky of San Diego; grandson Mark and Jessica of Chino; granddaughter Amber and Danny of Hayden, ID; grandson Alex and Sarah of Orangeville, UT; and eleven great-grandchildren: Reagan, Jordan, Rhyan, Alexis, Lelani, Madeline, Lena, Raelyn, Tyler, Catelyn, and Hunter. At Lawrence's request, his body was donated to Loma Linda University to support medical research. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to Loma Linda University. Checks made payable to "Bodies for Science, Loma Linda University" in memory of Lawrence Stilwell and mailed to 24760 Stewart St., Loma Linda, CA 92350. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 6, 2016
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