Donald Gene Stookey

Born in Trivoli, IL on December 11, 1938

Departed on December 7, 2015 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Donald “Gene” Stookey was born December 11, 1938, on the family farm in rural Trivoli, IL, to Donald Earl and Hilda Marie (Baughman) Stookey. The younger of two boys, Gene attended school in Farmington, IL, where he excelled in basketball and track, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, earning his B.S. in Biology and M.A in Botany, in preparation for a career in education.
Gene married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Jean Vallosio on April 28, 1961. Married 54 years, Gene and Gloria built a life together in Kankakee, IL, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and Goodlettsville, TN. Gene served 30 years in Kankakee School District 111, teaching science and coaching basketball, cross country and track. He was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church in Bourbonnais, IL. Upon retirement in 1994, Gene and Gloria served on the ministry staff at First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman —he served as Minister of Education and together with Gloria assisted in the opening of First Baptist Christian School of Grand Cayman. Gene and Gloria returned to the States in 1998, settling in Goodlettsville, TN, where Gene served on the staff at Nashville’s Julia Green Elementary School and volunteered as a chaplain at Baptist Hospital.
Gene passed from this life on December 7, 2015 at his home in Goodlettsville, TN, following a courageous battle with Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Dale Stookey. He is survived by his loving wife, Gloria; son Stephen Stookey, and his wife, Beverly, of Fort Worth, TX; son Scott Stookey, and his wife, Cindy, of Jackson, TN; son Shawn Stookey, and his wife, Denise, of Waverly, TN; daughter Sheryl Howe, and her husband, Brian, of Cedar Park, TX; daughter Shelly McGehee, and her husband, Jason, of Goodlettsville, TN; and grandchildren A. J. McGehee, Anna Marie McGehee, Hunter Howe, Harrison Howe, Caleb Stookey, Emily Stookey, Luke Stookey, Natalie Stookey, Courtney Stookey, Madeline Stookey and Matthew Stookey.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Bethel Baptist Church of Bourbonnais, IL.

11 Comments to Mr. Donald Gene Stookey

  1. Michael Vallosio
    December 8, 2015 10:44 pm

    Uncle Gene was a favorite of mine and my brother Mark. When we were little he was this giant of a man, with big arms and a booming voice. He always had a joke or story to tell and I remember us listening to him with our eyes wide in anticipation. We knew he was important because he coached sports and all the other men in the family paid attention to his words of wisdom. We always looked forward to he and Aunt Gloria’s visits. But it was when I became older that I truly fell in love with the man. I just loved the way he would greet you. A warm hug, a soft kiss on the cheek, and huge smile that made you feel so welcome and cherished. He never let you go without telling you he loved you. I won’t let you go either Uncle Gene. I love you too.

  2. Sarah Dombkowski
    December 11, 2015 9:01 am

    I was just thinking about Mr. Stookey yesterday and was so sad to see today that he had passed. I have such great memories of grade school because of having him as my teacher. What a wonderful man and will be sadly missed. My prayers are with all of you!!

  3. Brenda Boudreau
    December 11, 2015 9:44 am

    Gloria, I was sorry to read the obituary about Gene in the Kankakee paper. You have our prayers.
    I remembered you from card club.
    Brenda Boudreau

  4. Diana Pappas
    December 11, 2015 10:11 am

    I was sorry to read about Gene’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with him at Kennedy. I’m sure he will be missed. My prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Diana Pappas

  5. Alvita Gray Calhoun
    December 11, 2015 3:46 pm

    You have my family’s prayers and condolences. Cheryl, please take care of yourself and the Class of 88 is praying for you and your entire family as well. Your Dad was a good teacher and coach. They need more teachers like him now. God Bless!!

  6. Brenda Weaver
    December 11, 2015 6:47 pm

    Gloria and family. Always know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Gene meant so much to our family. I remember when Dale was ordained as a Deacon at Bethel. Gene spoke that day and every word was spoken with love for Dale and his family. Mom and Dad cherished all of you and considered you family. Gene will be missed. I love you all. God Bless.

  7. Tammy Ahern
    December 11, 2015 10:24 pm

    Sheryl and Stookey family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great guy and an amazing teacher. The older I get the more I see that we grew up in a great neighborhood, living so close together and having so many friends to spend time with, even though we grew apart as we got older. Your family is definitely missed in this area. You’re in my prayers.

  8. Gerald & Linda Dye
    December 12, 2015 3:53 pm

    We have fond memories of Gene.
    We have been praying for Gene and the family for sometime.

    A godly man called home.

  9. Betty Januski
    December 12, 2015 4:09 pm

    Gene will be etched in our hearts forever. The memories at Bethel, Caymen Islands, our visits in Tenn., and the many talks on the phone will remain with us always. His kind works and jokes and the special memory of bringing Jeremy to the Lord are in our hearts forever. We remind ourselves and Stephanie we will REJOICE with Gene in heaven with our LORD soon. Gene is partying with no pain and can breath. He is in the presence of GOD. Sorry Stephanie and I could not be with you in person but we were with you in spirit. We will talk to you soon and next time we are down in you area we will be by. We love you guys and will keep you in our prayers. The Januski’s

  10. Pravin
    December 27, 2015 11:40 pm

    My thought on pakcing:My heart (and Tanner’s heart) will be packed in one of those boxes and will be going to Nashville.Please open the box on occasion. Don’t stick it in the attic and let it become dusty. Put it on a bookshelf and open it when you need a friend. We love you so very much!!!!!!!

  11. David Finch, Ft. Worth
    December 12, 2016 5:03 pm

    Mr. Stookey was my science teacher for my 8th grade (1967 – 1968). We was an enthusiastic teacher,
    who, as I remember, kept his class interested and well disciplined. My condolences to his family.

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