Leaving a sickly body behind, Theodore (Ted) William Stallman returned to his Heavenly Father on April 1, 2020. His passing was at home in New Harmony, Utah where he and his wife, Emily Gwen (Brinkerhoff) Stallman has resided for the last 11 ½ years.
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Ted was born November 4, 1938 in Mt. Union, Pennsylvania to Theodore Roosevelt and Helen Alberta (Bowman) Stallman. He was raised by a loving foster family on the Shue farm in Mt. Union where he graduated from high school and then enlisted in the Navy. He proudly served his country for 5 years as an Aviation Boatswain Mate (ABH), launching and recovering Naval aircraft from aboard an aircraft carrier. “Top Gun” had nothing on Ted! This and other jobs while serving, he did willing and honorably. He was honorably discharged from active duty, with a “Good Conduct Medal” from the Department of Navy U.S.N.A.F. China Lake, California Facility. Years later he enlisted in the reserves and served 2 more years with the Department of Navy, Helicopter Squadron NINE, H-3A Helicopter Plane Captain Trainee/Door Gunner, Seal Team Ops Rescue.
Ted proceeded with life at various places of residency until he found his way to Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked for Valley Uniform as a Route Salesman. Here he met and married Emily on August 11, 1984. Not long after saying “I Do” they moved to Bicknell, Utah where they ran the Aquarius Restaurant and Motel for 13 years. Ted’s love of planes, held over from his military youth, prompted him to construct model planes to hang from the ceiling of the Restaurant. This and the many license plates collected from across the U.S., and his harmonica brought many repeat visits from faithful customers. Dishes, the peeling of potatoes and all other kitchen chores waited while he entertained with his harmonica. Playing “Happy Birthday”, served with a piece of pie, was a favorite pastime of his for those celebrating their special day. His music came from the heart, not pages filled with notes. Playing requests was not a problem, but he had his special ones. He loved to play “We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet” when he returned to his Sunday Sacrament meetings in his later life. He was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, attended his meetings as long as his health permitted, and always picked up his elderly friend who could no longer drive.
While living in Bicknell he belonged to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Jeep Posse, High Mt. Rendezvous, Wayne County Travel Council, Wayne County Drum & Bugle Corp, and the American Legion of which he maintained his membership in Cedar City, Utah. When you heard the sound of a distant drum at the Wayne County Fair parade, you knew Ted would be leading the way down Main Street in Loa, Utah. He was at his finest in his white Navy uniform with Old Glory waving proudly behind him. He was a born entertainer!! Ted loved history, reading and picking up rocks. He was very creative and shared his creations freely. The only rock he could not create with was one the Mexican Customs took from him as he was going back to the Cruise Ship in Puerto Vallarta. He was not happy!!
Ted is survived by his wife, Emily; sister, Sandra (Wilmer) Irwin of Orbisonia, Pennsylvania; children from a previous marriage: daughter, Kellie Marie (Jim) Miller of Stoystown, Pennsylvania; son, Todd W. Stallman of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Travis W. Stallman of Altoona, Pennsylvania; granddaughter, Brittany (Jason) Falchek and great granddaughter, Lexi Marie Falchek of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. His Father and “Mamie”-in-law, Emil and Lois Brinkerhoff of Bicknell, Utah; brothers-in-law: Correy (Nancy) Brinkerhoff of Las Vegas Nevada; Chris (Anna) Watson of Overton, Nevada; Kirk (Trudy) Brinkerhoff of Sandy, Utah; sister-in-law, Sheri (Grey) Wolfe of Las Vegas, Nevada; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Ted is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie Stallman of Allentown, Pennsylvania; brother, Eddy Stallman of New York; sister-in-law, Rhonda Brinkerhoff of Las Vegas, Nevada; and sister-in-law, Angela Brinkerhoff of Sandy, Utah.
Ted’s wish of cremation will be honored, and his graveside service with military honors will be held at the Bicknell Cemetery in Wayne County Utah on July 18, 2020 (tentative date) at 11:00 am
Ted, we will listen for the roll of your drum in the thunder and the melody of your harmonica on the summer breeze. Until we meet again, “Rest in Peace”.