Stanley William Zastrow

Stanley William Zastrow, 98, of Brookings, Oregon passed away peacefully at home the morning of November 24, 2020. His son Richard and daughter(in-law) Jerilyn were at his side caring for him in their usual loving way.

Stanley was the firstborn of 6 children to William and Violet Zastrow in Huron, South Dakota on October 23, 1922. After serving in the South Pacific during WWII, he homesteaded in Gilman County, Oregon where he met his wife Dorothy Lee White. They married on May 20, 1950. He built a home for her in Arlington, Oregon. In 1955 he took her and their children to Alaska. Stan was an avid hunter and fisherman providing food for his family often accompanied by his sons and later his grandsons. He was known for his fish wheel on the Copper River and setting up camp with his sons and their families on the river banks and canning the fish they caught. Thus, all the hunting and fishing stories that we all were enthralled with.

In 1970, in Whitehorse, Canada he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In the fall of 1971, the Zastrow Family came to Brookings, OR where he built his last home. As owner of “Quality Custom Builders” he built many houses and buildings in Brookings. Later in life he often went to Alaska to help his sons build their homes. Many a young man learned carpentry and concrete as he patiently taught these boys how to work. They have gone on to have successful businesses inspired by Stan’s work ethics.

Stan loved his garden and many came to him for gardening advice. He generously shared his advice and garden harvest. He never knew a stranger and was loved by so many. He sent you home with more than you came with.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 70 years Dorothy Zastrow. Survived by sisters Maxine Linnell of Hermiston, OR and Joyce Palm of Wenatchee WA. His 5 children Marta & husband Pat Wilson of Denver, CO, James Zastrow of Wasilla, AK, Robert Zastrow & wife Verna of Copper Center, AK. John Zastrow of Portland, OR and Richard Zastrow and wife Jerilyn of Brookings, OR. He has 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

We will all miss this man who was a dad and Grampa and friend of so many!

See you soon in paradise!

Submitted by Marta Wilson

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