Obituary Record

Floyd Martin Stork
Died on 1/31/2017
Buried in God's Acre (St. Paul's) Cemetery

Posted on line 10 May 2017; Published in The Enterprise 12 May 2017

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Floyd Stork, 94

Floyd Martin Stork, 94, died Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, at the Inland Christian Home in Ontario California.He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Phyllis (Henningsen) Stork; his sons, Ronald and Allen Stork; and Allen’s wife, Judy Junkman; and their son, Peter Stork.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Stork, Gretchen Wolf, and brothers, Vic and Norman Stork.

He was born on a farm outside of Arlington, Nebraska, the son of Martin and Helena (Laaker) Stork. He grew up helping on the farm with his two brothers and two sisters. He attended school in Arlington, where he was part of a 1940 state championship baseball team where his skill as a left-handed pitcher earned him the nickname “Lefty.” He attended the University of Nebraska until the outbreak of the war. During the war, he served in the US Army with the rank of Master Sergeant in charge of a radar and microwave communications unit. He served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, including the Anzio invasion, and in southern France and Germany.

After the war he returned to Nebraska and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1947, majoring in History and Physical Education, and a master’s degree in School Administration in 1948. He did further postgraduate work at UCLA until he was hired to teach 6th grade at Alta Loma School.

He worked for the Alta Loma School District as a teacher, principal, and superintendent for 34 years, 25 years as superintendent. During this time the school population grew from 160 to just under 8,000 and they built 10 new schools. He met his wife, Phyllis, who was a fellow teacher at Alta Loma, and they were married in 1952 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ontario, California. He was an active member of the church community until his death. He and Phyllis lived in the same home in Upland for more than sixty years where he was an avid gardener of fruits, vegetables and flowers. After his retirement in 1985, he worked part time for the Alta Loma School district and also worked with architects, local school districts and the state to help build schools throughout California. He was involved with the Kiwanis, and served on the San Bernardino County Civil Service Commission.

Floyd always appreciated his Nebraskan roots and visited family and friends every time he could.

There will be a memorial service at St Paul’s Lutheran Church north of Arlington, on May 13th at 1:00 p.m., with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Good Samaritan fund.

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~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 5/12/2017