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Stanely W. Goold

July 5, 1926 - December 27, 2015


Stanley W. Goold was born on July 5, 1926 to Leo Linden and Genevieve Newby Goold in Nampa, Idaho. Stanley was the 6th child born to Leo and Genevieve, whose family would over time grow to 11 children. During Stanley’s younger years the family lived and worked in the Boise and Nampa area of Idaho. In 1942 the Goold family moved to La Grande, Oregon when Leo went to work for the Union
Pacific railroad. During this time Stanley lived with his older brother Forrest and his wife Bonnie in Huntington, Oregon. While there Stanley learned the grocery business from Forrest. He graduated from high school in Huntington in 1944.
 
Towards the end of 1944, Stanley joined the United States Navy, and after his training served aboard the destroyer USS Lofberg in the Pacific. Following the war and his discharge from the Navy, Stanley returned to La Grande and began working for the Union Pacific railroad. While out with some friends one evening he met a young beauty named Arlene Marsh at a local soda fountain. Arlene made quite an impression on Stanley and on August 8, 1947, they were married. In 1948, their only child Michael was born. During this time Stanley was laid-off from the Union Pacific, and hearing that the Southern Pacific railroad was hiring, Stanley went to Coos Bay, Oregon and began to work as a switchman. After a year in Coos Bay, Stanley was able to transfer to Salem, and after 35 years of service in Salem and Albany retired from the Southern Pacific railroad.
 
In 1950, Stanley and Arlene moved to Salem, and after a few stops in houses around the Salem area, they found their forever home on Dakota Rd. During this time Stanley also worked at various grocery stores in the area. He cut meat at a Safeway on Commercial St., worked at Saving Center on North Portland Rd., and finished his grocery career at Albertson’s on Liberty Rd. In the early 1980’s, Stanley renewed his commitment to faith in Christ and became active in the People’s Church in Salem. While a member of People’s Church, Stanley served as usher, volunteered in the bookstore, and helped to maintain the church grounds.
 
In 2013, after the death of the love of his life and due to his declining health, Stanley had to leave his home and move to Clarkston, Washington, to be closer to his son Michael and his family. On December 27, 2015, Stanley passed away at an assisted living facility surrounded by family. Stanley is preceded in death by his love of 65 years, Arlene, his brothers Forrest and J, and sisters Virginia Fuhriman, Norma Eshelman, and Betty Thomas. Stanley is survived by his son Michael and his wife Wanda, granddaughter Andrea and her husband Christopher, grandson Eric, brothers Lee Donna Jo, Bob Shirley, Don Valdene, Phil, and sister Georgia Cornwell Dale, and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be at Tuesday, January 5th at 10:00 am at Belcrest Memorial Park followed by Memorial Services at Peoples Church 4500 Lancaster Dr NE at 11:30 am.

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