John Anton Stancik passed away while in the hospital in Oroville, CA surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 7th, 2022 at the age of 89 years old.
John was born in Runge, Texas on Sunday, December 4th, 1932, to Louis Stancik and Albina (Liska) Stancik.
John grew up in Runge on a farm with his parents and 3 other siblings. He attended school in his small town and he helped his Dad with the cotton and corn fields. His Junior and Senior year, he also worked for Sun Oil Co., plus helped neighbors with their farm fields.
His interest in cars and motors started early, including driving a Model A to school with his brother Ben as a passenger. He then purchased a 1941 Dodge Sedan with a broken block for $300.00. After the repairs were done and $3.00 to the DMV, John had new transportation to school and work. Following John’s graduation from High School, Class of 1949, Sun Oil Co. relocated and he changed jobs to work for the Alcoa Aluminum Co..
He joined the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served his country in Active Duty from July 3rd, 1951 to June 27th, 1955 with a finishing rank of ADR2 (Aviation Machinist’s Mate R, 2nd Class). The Korean War had already started 1 year prior to him enlisting. His Naval Air Technical Training was held in Jacksonville, Florida and in Memphis, Tennessee. Vessels included the U.S.S. Princeton (CVS-37). The U. S. Naval Stations included Corpus Christi, Texas; Los Alamitos, California; and San Diego, California. After being released from Active Duty with ‘Honors’, he was transferred to the United States Navy Reserve – Reserve Component. On July 2nd, 1959, John received a Certificate of ‘Honorable Discharge’. He received a ‘Good Conduct Metal’, a ‘National Defense Service Medal’ and a ‘China Service Medal’. He was an Aircraft Engine Mechanic and also a pilot. During his service, John spent 1 year 3 months and 13 days overseas in several countries and/or on the sea. John talked about being in Florida, Japan, Korea, and Okinawa. While in the Navy, he learned several different languages to help with communication during the war.
John married Anna Mae (Ford) Lee on December 31st, 1959. John became a step-father to Dennis Lee. They had 2 children together; Cheryl and Gary.
John was always active in the church he attended, including Youth Group Leader with his wife Anna, sang in the Choir, Church Board Member, Church Camp Board Member and Director and was part of organizing the beginning of a New Church, to name a few. Also, he was an active member of the Gideons and Kiwanis. Church family memories include a Stancik house full of youth for Bible studies, Youth group, and Sunday evening church family gatherings. John also taught many youths to water ski over the years with Loafer Creek as the exchange area while rest of the youth swam and played volleyball.
John’s occupations ranged from working for the Sun Oil Co., Alcoa Aluminum Co., offshore drilling rig Co., a Farm Operator including fields in the Richvale area, a Fabricator/Welder, and owning a Gas Station and Auto Repair Shop. When the Dam was complete, his interests added Boats. In 1970, he owned John’s Auto Marine. Years following, he worked for different boat shops in Paradise and in Oroville before opening John’s Marine Service, first located on Feather River Blvd, then moving to Olive Hwy.
John loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a hard-working man all of his life who never asked for anything in return. Even after he became fully blind, John maintained his gentle spirit. John loved listening to Christian music, especially the Gaither Gospel Hour on Saturday evenings.
He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of almost 41 years, Anna Mae Stancik; both his parents, Louis and Albina Stancik; his sister, Marie Tamalenous; his brother, Henry Stancik; his nephew, Michael Tamalenous. Plus, other uncles, aunts, and cousins.
He is survived by his brother Ben Stancik; his Step son Dennis Lee (wife Gwen); his daughter Cheryl (husband Timothy) and his son Gary Stancik (wife Stacie); his 2 grandchildren, Kayla Stancik and Teanna Moniz. His 2 step grandchildren, Mark Duncan and Clinton Duncan. Plus 5 nephews; 4 nieces; numerous cousins.
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