James Robert Stockner, a 57-year Naperville resident, died peacefully with his family at his side, Friday, June 27, 2014, at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill.
He was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Havaco, W.Va., the son of Raymond Early and Alma (nee) Hayes Stockner. He graduated from Welch High School, Welch, W.Va., in 1944. He volunteered for WWII and served in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Operations Technician and a Military Police Officer. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1950 with a B.S.M.E., followed by a B.S.E.E. from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963. His professional career spanned 35 years initially at Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., on product and tooling design and development, then from 1956 through 1984 in Chicagoland metro area Western Electric manufacturing facilities on various commercial and defense manufacturing and telecommunications projects in R&D and management. He retired in 1986 and spent the next 28 years in service to humanity in the Masonic Fraternity. He was a 50-year member of Euclid Lodge #65, AF&AM, Naperville, Ill., and Past Commander of Aurora Commandery #22, Aurora, Ill. He served as Grand Commander of the Knights Templar State of Illinois in 1995-1996 and head of the Rose Croix, Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago in Bloomingdale, Ill. He was honored to be chosen to receive the 33rd and final degree by the Valley of Chicago being coroneted at Washington, D.C. in 2007. Among many Masonic charities which he promoted, he especially supported the Scottish Rite Learning Center for Dyslexic Children in LaGrange, Ill., and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. His interests included philately, railroad history, railroad steam engine manufacturing plate collecting, geneaology and Masonic research and publishing.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia Dean nee Galbraith Stockner; children, Robert Christian (Sherri Allyson) Stockner, Charles Richard (Cynthia A.) Stockner, Elizabeth Anne Stockner and Amy Noel Hulme; grandchildren, Andrew Dean (Vicki Diane) Russell, Michele Christine Stockner, Meredith Nicole (Tyler Timothy) Meade, Maxwell Christian Stockner and Lucas Early Stockner; great-grandchildren, Kaytlyn Noel, Cameron Michael and Colton James Russell and Zoey Ann Meade; and sisters, Kate St. Clair and Carol Schell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Early and Alma nee Hayes Stockner; and a sister, Jeanne Brunschwyler.
Memorials to: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.; Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite Learning Center for Children, LaGrange, Ill.; and West Virginia University, J. Robert and Patricia G. Stockner Scholarship, Morgantown, W.Va.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, with a Masonic Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3. Visitation and funeral services will both be at the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home and Crematory, 516 Washington Street, Naperville, Ill. Burial will be at the Naperville Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.