Robert G. Stochosky, 89, died peacefully Friday, March 3, 2017 after a brief illness. There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31, at St. Anthony Church (3700 SE 79th Ave. Portland).

Mr. Stochosky was born in Sherwood, Feb. 28, 1928 and spent his life in the Pacific Northwest. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to Milwaukie. After graduating from St. John the Baptist grade school and high school in Milwaukie, he joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union local 290. His education was furthered when he joined the Portland State University pilot development program for construction management in the 1970s.  He married Nancy Forrey in 1948 and started the family he would work so hard for. He led innumerable trips to the beach, mountains, and desert for castle building, wave jumping, hiking, camping and skiing, all the while teaching by example how to live life with vigor, integrity, dedication and love.

He served on the Milwaukie City Counsel and Civil Service Commission 1964 to 1985, on the Mount Hood Ski Patrol for 17 years and on the archdioceses building commission 1992 to 1998. He remained a proud member of the Plumbers Union until he died. After living in Milwaukie for 50 years, he and Nancy moved to Sandy. The plan was to build a dream retirement home. After two years of dream house living, the boredom was excruciating. They sold that dream and bought 30 acres in the Mt. Hood foothills to start a Christmas tree farm and Kalmia nursery. Fifteen years later, they finally retired to John Day. They moved back to Portland in 2014 to be closer to family.

Mr. Stochosky was a devoted husband, father and friend. He was dedicated in his faith. He served as an example to all that honesty in business is the foundation of success. He lived his faith in God, his love of the land and his devotion to family with a steadfast simplicity that was unwavering. He was preceded in death by his son, William. He is survived by his best friend of 74 years, Nancy; six children; 21 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.  After a brief illness, his journey in this life ended peacefully, surrounded by those he loved. He is now home.

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