Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2000

Francis W. Stokes

Longtime Alaska resident Francis W. Stokes died May 28, 2000, in his home in Auburn, Wash., from cancer.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1922, in Washington, D.C.

He served as a medical corpsman during World War II, and moved to Alaska as a Seventh-day Adventist missionary in 1947. He lived in Juneau from 1958 until 1970 where he worked for the federal government as a fish and wildlife professional. He remained a federal employee after moving to Anchorage in 1973. He also worked for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and at the Alaska Mission of Seventh-day Adventists. He retired to Kent, Wash., in 1992.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Elvira, and their son Bob Stokes.

He is survived by his wife Jewel Dean Herbrandson Stokes of Kent, Wash.; children Kathy (and husband Norm) Gibbard of Ariz.; Ken Stokes of Hawaii; Bonnie (and husband Bill) Jermain of Anchorage; Bill (and wife Elly) Stokes of California; grandchildren Jason and Joli Stokes of Minnesota; Cable Stokes of Iowa; Donald and Tony Stokes of California; great-grandchildren Sydney and Abigail Stokes of Minnesota; and identical twin brother and lifetime friend Charles (and wife Annie) Stokes of Connecticut.

He was buried today in a private ceremony at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the Adventist Worth Student Fund, c/o The Kent Seventh-day Adventist Church, 25213 116th Avenue. S.E., Kent, Wash., 98031.

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