December 19, 1938 - November 23, 2020
Harold (Hal) Eugene Stafford died on Monday, Nov. 23, at the age of 81 in Highland. He was born in December 1938 in Redlands to James Jehu Stafford from Gipson, Arkansas, and Oklea Lucille Stafford of Keokuk, Iowa. (They met in California and married in 1935.) Harold married Ruth Alice Munhall in September 1961. Harold lived in Highland for 59 years. He believed family and friends are important so he spent a lot of time with his father and mother (both deceased); sister Carol and brother-in-law Chet (deceased); sister Judy and brother-in-law George; a good friend, Ralph and with Rena (deceased); Aunt Gloria and other relatives. Harold became an ambulance driver for the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1965 and was honorably discharged. He was a psychiatric technician at Patton State Hospital for 28 years and retired in 1984. Harold is survived by three daughters and one son ⎯ Lorena, Christina, James and Maria. He is also survived by six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson several nieces and nephews. Harold enjoyed road trips with the family, camping and exciting fishing trips. Harold would soak the yard the night before waking the kids before sunrise, hand them a flashlight and say, “Go catch me some nightcrawlers.” After asking, “What are nightcrawlers?” they looked to the ground and saw an abundance of worms. Harold said, “Those are nightcrawlers, catch them.” Then they were headed to the lake at 4 a.m. Harold also enjoyed gardening vegetables and fruit and would say, “If you want some protein with your veggies grab a grasshopper or potato bug” and chuckle. He like hunting, practiced shooting, archery, off-roading, family outing searching for colorful stones to make jewelry, card games, family barbecues, table games (chess and checkers), ping pong, pool, playing the guitar, engine building, body building and watching classic and western movies. For laughs, Harold liked “Hee Haw,” Benny Hill, “Laugh In,” and Red Skelton. For quiet time, he enjoyed reading westerns, true stories, military stories and biblical stories. He had a big heart for animals. He liked teaching his skills to his children and teaching Ruth how to make biscuits and gravy. A viewing will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for family and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the public.
Harold (Hal) Eugene Stafford died on Monday, Nov. 23, at the age of 81 in Highland. He was born in December 1938 in Redlands to James Jehu Stafford from Gipson, Arkansas, and Oklea Lucille Stafford of Keokuk, Iowa. (They met in California and... View Obituary & Service Information
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