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Ruben Stoliby

Born: 1/18/1913

Died: 8/8/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Ruben Stoliby, 90, passed away August 8, 2003, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born January 18, 1913, in Nelson, Oklahoma, the son of Folsom and Julia Dixion Stoliby.

Tragedy struck in 1923, which forever changed his life when both his parents died within three months leaving five orphaned boys, ages two to 17.

Rubin married Ethal Knapp in 1931, a union that lasted 65 years until her death in 1997. He married Hilda Thomas 1998. She passed away in 1999. He then married Ginger Cambell in 2001.

Joining thousands of others Midwesterns, fleeing the devastion of severe drought in 1938 with four and a half children, Ruben and Ethal migrated to Woodland, Washington. He maintained his home there for 65 years.

Being in depths of the great depression, Mr. Stoliby sought any kind of work to provide food for the family. In 1942, during World War II, he went to work in the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, learning to weld on navel ships for the war effort. After that he traveled all over the country working on major construction projects to support his family.

He had a passionate love for baseball. He loved and understood all the intricacies of the game. As a young man in Oklahoma, he pitched in a sandlot league. His other passion was music. Picking his guitar, playing a harmonica and singing were major recreations in his life.

He was also preceded in death by two wifes, Ethal Knapp and Hilda Thomas, and one son, Wayne Stoliby.

Survivors include his wife Ginger Campell, of the home; daughters, Ruby Moll and Faye Allen of Vancouver; Joyce Nance of Portland, Oregon; a son, Wayland Don Stoliby of Vancouver, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.