Sept. 25, 1919 - Sept. 29, 2002
Former Grant County resident Gayle Stockdale, 83, died Sept. 29 at St. Peter's Providence Hospital in Olympia, Wash.
Mr. Stockdale was born at Mt. Vernon on Sept. 25, 1919, to Alva and Anna Stockdale. In 1932, the family moved to Enterprise, where his parents purchased the Vista Theater.
He attended the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell for six years, completing high school, followed by two years of college. He enrolled in pre-vet medicine at Oregon State University in Fall 1940, but by December 1940 was called to duty and served in the 752nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Platoon, Company B. In April 1942 as a lieutenant he was sent to England, then to North Africa. The 752nd moved to Italy in April 1943 and became one of the most highly decorated tank divisions of World War II. Mr. Stockdale received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts and earned battlefield commissions to captain and then major by the end of his distinguished military career.
After the war, he returned to Enterprise and married Ina Bernice Poulson on May 1, 1947. Their lifelong career was devoted to horse training and riding instruction. They moved to Clarkston, Wash., in 1958 and established Stockdale Training and also were involved in 4-H and riding club programs, which earned them many honors including Horseman of the Year by the Washington State Horse Council. They moved to Olympia in 1985.
Mr. Stockdale is survived by three daughters, Judy Bothum of Joseph, Gay Stockdale of Canby and Tracey Stockdale of Rochester, Wash.; son, Twain Stockdale of Shandon, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina; son, Dorsey McClellan Stockdale; brother, Oid Stockdale; and two infant granddaughters, Simone and Jessica Johnson.
Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at the Christian Church at Enterprise; interment followed at Enterprise Cemetery. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Stockdale Memorial 4-H Scholarship Fund at the Asotin County Extension office in Asotin.