Stanley Gordon Stonehouse was born in 1945 on the family farm residing by the Connell Creek. He passed away quietly on February 1st, 2021 at the age of 75. He was the youngest born to Gordon and Ruth (Smith) Stonehouse and attended Moosedale School for his education. Later Stan married his love of his life Linda Rathgeber on December 24, 1966 in Tisdale. Then they started their family of 3 children: Preston, Tammy, and Wade. They resided at Lurgan on the farm. Then in the late 1980’s, they moved to Dad’s Birth place of Connell Creek.
Dad had a talent for singing; he had a beautiful voice. He sure missed his calling. Dad was a self-taught light duty and heavy-duty mechanic and heavy equipment operator, and a carpenter both rough and finishing. Dad had a love of animals, nature and the great outdoors. He was a very hard worker, excellent provider, took pride in everything he did, had a big heart, was kind, funny, very intelligent, and dependable. When he said he would be there, he was about a half hour to hour earlier. He hated to be late. All his life he was a go getter; couldn’t sit down but had to be busy at something. He had numerous jobs and hobbies. When he would have down time, he loved watching his western movies, reading books and watching his favourite tv shows. He enjoyed friends and family coming to the farm even if it was just to visit, or hunting time, or helping around the farm. He would always say that he really loved Christmas. All you need for Christmas was the people and a meal, sitting around and exchanging old and new stories. We also had to have a few fireworks to let off. He enjoyed feeding his birds; didn’t matter the season and the type of bird. He always made sure the feeders were full. He liked taking trips around the country side to see the wildlife and fields. He had many wild animals come through the property for him to admire such as moose, deer and bears, and also smaller animals. Plus the pesky beavers that liked his trees. Spring was Dads favourite time of year. He would have the Big garden tillered and ready to plant. He would make sure he canned a few strawberries and raspberries on his way by with the lawnmower. When the wild fruit was ready, he literally could have a variety of berries as he mowed the property. I think that helped him in making the lawn look like a golf course. There wasn’t a lawn or garden that looked better than his.
Stan is survived by his loving children: Preston (Laurie) Stonehouse, Tammy (Dave) Racette, Wade (Tania Figurski) Stonehouse; his 6 grandchildren, Mitchell Racette, Mandee Racette, Ashley Racette, Jennifer Garbutt, Kelsey Stonehouse, Megan Stonehouse; his 6 great grandchildren, Lilly and Bailey Colenutt, Heidi and Hunter Garbutt, Madeline Racette, Hailey Gallagher; plus all their families.
Stan was predeceased by his wife, Linda Stonehouse; his father, Gordon Stonehouse; his mother, Ruth Stonehouse; his sister Joan Keivers; his mother-in-law, Marie Rathgeber; his father-in-law Henry Rathgeber; his niece Angela Rathgeber; his brother-in-law, Allen Rathgeber.
Dad was a very loving, caring husband, dad, grandfather and a great grandfather and friend. We Love You, We will Miss You Dearly, With Love Always!!! Say Hi to Mom and all the Relatives! Until We Meet Again!!!
Private Family Service