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In Memory of

Gerald Norman Stancliff

July 4, 1924 - March 25, 2015

Obituary


Gerald Norman Stancliff passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Bakersfield, California. He was born on July 4, 1924 in Bakersfield to Clifton and Talitha Stancliff, the fifth of six children. He attended local schools then went to work for his father at a very young age at C.L. Stancliff Welding and Machine Works on 24th Street in Bakersfield. He was a hard-working and very talented welder and machinist.

On April 3, 1943 Gerald married the love of his life, Mary Louise Kuhs, at his parents home in Bakersfield. They were...

Gerald Norman Stancliff passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Bakersfield, California. He was born on July 4, 1924 in Bakersfield to Clifton and Talitha Stancliff, the fifth of six children. He attended local schools then went to work for his father at a very young age at C.L. Stancliff Welding and Machine Works on 24th Street in Bakersfield. He was a hard-working and very talented welder and machinist.

On April 3, 1943 Gerald married the love of his life, Mary Louise Kuhs, at his parents home in Bakersfield. They were both 18 years of age. They subsequently had five children; four daughters and one son. When he was in his mid-twenties Gerald moved his family to Alturas, CA where he worked for a time on his father's cattle ranch. It was hard work and long days but he very much enjoyed the outdoor life. In 1951 he moved back to Bakersfield and started his own welding shop. He remained there until 1957 when he and his father went into business together under the name Stancliff Engineering, located on 22nd Street in Bakersfield. Later in life he was the owner/operator of Quality Backhoe Service until 1985.

Gerald professed to serve God in 1934 and never wavered in the choice he made at that young age. He loved the Lord and was faithful in serving Him until the very end of his life. Gerald loved his family and he never knew a stranger. He was always very friendly and hospitable, and was kind and helpful to everyone, no matter what their place in life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. Those who knew him as a friend knew his unwavering loyalty. He will be very much missed by his family, and by all who knew and loved him.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Stancliff; his parents, Clifton and Talitha Stancliff; two brothers, Leo and Wilfred Stancliff; daughter-in-law, Kathy Stancliff; and son-in-law, J.R. Hopkins. He is survived by his children, Juanita Eastman (Bart) of Scottsdale, AZ; Esther Wild of Lakeview, OR; Christine Nixon (Steve) of Bakersfield; Nadine Stancliff of Phoenix, AZ; and Ralph Stancliff of Tehachapi, CA. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert Stancliff of Salem, OR and Jack Stancliff of Bakersfield; and one sister, Laurena Escola of Huntingdon, PA. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is scheduled from 6pm to 8pm on Sunday, March 29 at Hillcrest Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road in Bakersfield. A graveside service will be held at 11:30am on Monday, March 30 at Hillcrest Cemetery with Loren Coleman and Jath Lazaro officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Hoffmann Hospice of Bakersfield.