August 13, 2020
Stanley Rangila, age 83, died peacefully at his home in Deep River on August 3, to be reunited with his wife Helen, who predeceased him in 2018, and his Lord Jesus.
Born on February 12, 1937, Stanley was the only son of Eino and Martha Rangila and a lifelong resident of Deep River. He was both a farmer and a logger, loved doing both and took immense pride in having worked as a logger when logging was king. He had an inquisitive mind and a wicked sense of humor. He derived great pleasure in being able to pull off a trick on someone. One would know they'd been had when a slight grin would appear on his face and his eyes would glisten to reveal his internal laughter. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed backpacking and logged many miles including several trips within the Pasayten Wilderness. Stan was an accomplished blacksmith and metalworker, an avid reader, and taught himself to do things through trial and error and felt strongly that was how others should learn as well. He took great care of his forestland and his pastures as evidenced by the appearance of his property and the health of his herd of angus cattle. As a younger man, he and Helen loved to go on campouts with their friends. Their door was always open to friends and family and the coffee pot was always full. The epitome of "Sisu," Stanley lived the last few years of his life with disabilities, due to a series of strokes and other complications. Throughout it all, he maintained his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter Evelyn Riat (Anthony) Rainier, WA; David Rangila (Joyce), Deep River; grandchildren Anja Reynolds, Tim Reynolds, Tim Combs, Robert Rangila, Ryan Rangila, and six great grandchildren.
A graveside inurnment at the Deep River Cemetery will be held on Sept. 5, with reception to follow at Valley Bible Church in Rosburg.