Willis Henry "Bill" Stanton of Walla Walla was born in East Fishkill, Duchess County, N.Y., on Aug. 28, 1921. He passed away quietly on May 11, 2011, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla after living a rich and full 89 years.
Bill was the son of Eugene and Nellie Mae Van Vooris Stanton. Bill and his siblings, Fred, Elsie and Jim were brought up through the Great Depression by his grandparents, who taught him to work hard and
treat people fairly. Another sister, Elinor, died at a young age. Bill continued to live in New York state and was employed by a railroad company working on the rails. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force, now known as the U.S. Air Force. His enlistment took him to Michigan, Alabama, Texas, Oregon and eventually to the Walla Walla Air Base. He met and married Ethel Mae Patterson
and together they had a son, Will Stanton. Ethel Mae passed away in 1956.
After Bill was honorably discharged from the service in December of 1945, he was employed by Pioneer Brewery and later Walla Walla Produce Company. In 1957, Bill met and married Margaret Schwarz and together they had a daughter, Marjie Stanton-Burmood. Bill worked for the Produce Company for 34 years and retired to a life of lawn mowing and fishing in 1982.
Bill was a greatly loved husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. He was very proud of his grandchildren's accomplishments and they brought him tremendous joy. He was a lifetime member of the
Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church attending at Christ Lutheran. He shared his faith in real and tangible ways.
Bill's survivors include his wife at home, Margaret; his son, Will Stanton and his wife Karen of Sandy, Utah; his daughter, Marjie Burmood and her husband Eric of Walla Walla; a stepson, John Hook and
his wife Kaye of Airway Heights, Wash. The grandchildren he loves so dearly are Lindsey Stanton-Chmiel of Salt Lake City, Heather Stanton
of Cranberry Township, Pa., and Erica Burmood of Walla Walla. He is also survived by his sister, Elsie Stanton-Basso of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, May 16, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. A private family graveside with military honors was held. The funeral service for all who knew him will be held on
Tuesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church in Walla Walla. Please join the family after the service at the home of Eric and Marjie Burmood, 846 Wallowa Drive, for a time of celebrating Bill Stanton's life. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to the charity of choice through the funeral home.
Bill Stanton has left this early home to go to his home in Heaven. We are sure there are many lawns and gardens that need his loving touch and some of the biggest fish to catch. He looks forward to seeing you in Heaven … just don't hurry there.