August 13, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 33

Walter Russell 'Joe' Stalnaker

Walter Russell "Joe" Stalnaker, 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Touchmark Assisted Living on Saddle Drive in Helena, after a battle with dementia and liver cancer.

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He was born on April 19, 1934, to Walter A. and Clara E. (White) Stalnaker in Gardiner, Mont., the younger of two sons. He attended school in Gardiner until the family moved to Helena in 1948. He played basketball for the Bryant Mustangs and later attended Helena High School, graduating at the end of the first semester in 1952.

He enlisted in the US Air Force immediately after graduation, and was stationed...

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