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Henry Harris Stoll
November 28, 1928 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Henry Harris Stoll, 95, passed away on December 20, 2023. He was born in Glen Rose township near Tonkawa, Oklahoma on November 28, 1928. He was the fourth child and first son of Frank Mitchell Stoll and Sarah Elizabeth Harris Stoll. The family continued to grow until there were 11 siblings: Evelyn, Virginia, Clydell, Henry, Mary Jane, Daisy, Buford, Vernon, Dean, Stanley, and Wanda. The family lived in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas during Henry's childhood.
While attending Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita as a teenager, Henry met Doris Sovereign, who would later become his wife. At the age of 17 and with a year of high school remaining, Henry joined the US Marines and was stationed near San Diego, California. He was honorably discharged in March of 1948. Henry and Doris married that summer and Henry completed his senior year at East High School in Wichita, graduating in 1949. While there he obtained his trade certification in carpentry. Henry and Doris welcomed their first daughter, Sue Annette, in August 1949. Their second daughter, Gay Diane, followed in August 1950.
Henry and Doris moved to Cheney early in their marriage and lived there for the remainder of their lives. Henry held many jobs over the years, and the occupation he was most proud of was as a finish carpenter and home builder. HH Stoll Construction built and remodeled dozens of homes in Cheney and the surrounding areas. Doris worked alongside him, staining and varnishing woodwork. He built (or rebuilt!) all the homes he and Doris lived in. He was instrumental in the construction of Cheney Baptist Church in the early 1950s as well as the new church building nearly 50 years later. He served as a deacon for the church for many years. He later painted gas stations for Conoco, traveling from city to city. Doris nearly always accompanied him.
Henry and Doris enjoyed traveling and camping, often taking trips with his siblings. For more than 20 years they could be found cruising with their beloved Airstream. Henry experienced much loss in his life – his daughter Sue in 1971; Doris, his wife of 61 years in 2010; his granddaughter, Melanie, in 2018; and his daughter, Gay, in May 2023. He worked hard, worshipped often, and set a strong Christian example for his daughters, three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and all who knew him. He was ready to meet his Lord and Savior and looked forward to seeing his wife and daughters again. While we will miss him on earth, we know he is enjoying a reunion in heaven with the loved ones who went before him!