Originally Published: September 5, 2018 6 a.m.
William Morris Stambaugh (Bill) was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Phoenix, Arizona, to William G. Stambaugh and Grace Isabel Swift.
Bill grew up in Prescott, Arizona, and attended the Arizona State University, where he met his wife, Gloria M. Bushell. Bill served in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. After his service, he began his career in agriculture. Bill began farming in Tempe, Arizona, and later moved to Aravaipa Creek in 1964. Here, he began his farming and ranching operation, and raised five children with his wife, Gloria. Bill passed away Aug. 21, 2018, at his home on the Aravaipa Creek, surrounded by family and friends. Bill suffered from cancer and dementia.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gloria; and their five children: Debby and husband Dennis Degraff, Becky and husband Jeff Heller, Billie and husband Gary Deen, Grace Stambaugh and his son, David Stambaugh. He is also survived by his sister, Becky and husband Ray West of Prescott, Arizona. In addition, Bill is survived by two nephews and one niece, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Sept. 8, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at the Ray High School Auditorium in Kearny, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pinal County 4-H can be made. Donations should be sent to 4650 S. Jumping Cactus Road, Winkelman, AZ, 85192. Make checks payable to Pinal County 4-H. Griffith Mortuary assisted with arrangements.
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