Gerald Alan Stoken, 82 years of age and a lifetime Hoquiam, Washington resident, died on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at his home in Hoquiam. He was born on January 15, 1932, in Hoquiam, to Frank H. and Blanche (Betts) Stoken, Sr. He was a longtime member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness.
He helped with chores around the house and attended Lincoln Grade School, Hoquiam Junior High School and Hoquiam High School. Following his formal schooling he worked in the woods as a railroad engineer.
Gerald was married to Mary E. Smith on February 16, 1962. They resided in Hoquiam for several months prior to the Walker Road area where he built their first five bedroom home.
He worked as a laborer at different area mills to include Rayonier. He then was an engineer of steam and diesel trains at the Railroad Camp and retired from the Rayonier Timber Division. His travels with his family included trips to Bend, Oregon and other Pacific Northwest areas. He truly enjoyed life in general and took great pride in being a good father and husband. He was always a kind and courteous person. He liked spending time in the outdoors and fishing where he used flies he tied himself.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Stoken of the family home in Hoquiam; a son, Wayne Alan Stoken of Spokane; his daughters, Gail Ann Stoken of Kent and Pamela Jean Stoken of Olympia; two brothers, Jim Stoken of Humptulips and Harlan “Bummie” Stoken of Aberdeen; his sister, Joyce Johnston of Wenatchee; three grandchildren and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, 1000 “K” Street in Hoquiam. The service will conclude at the church.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 - 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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