1936 – 2015

Arne Melvin Stabeck passed away peacefully on March 24, 2015 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 78. Arne was the youngest of three children of Olaf and Agnes Stabeck. Arne was predeceased by his parents; his sister Karin Lutz; and his brother Ovar Stabeck. He is survived by his two daughters: Lori (Wayne) Crandlemire and Kelly (Sam) Polson; grandchildren: Dustin (Jody) Baumle, Tasha (Chance Temple) Baumle, Kaitlyn Crandlemire and Ashlyn Stabeck; great grandchildren: Tristan and Jolea. He is also survived by Yvonne Polson and fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews.

Arne’s life began on August 3, 1936 in Brooks, Alberta. He moved to BC as a young child and attended school in Grindrod and then in Salmon Arm where he grew up on the family farm. Arne met Yvonne Pritchard in 1955 and they were married in 1958 and moved to Vancouver. Their first daughter Lori was born in Vancouver and shortly thereafter they moved back to Salmon Arm and then to Enderby where their second daughter Kelly was born. Arne’s autobody career started in Vancouver at Marshall Pontiac Buick and continued in Armstrong where he worked for Bert Fletcher until he purchased his own body shop in Enderby which was known by all as Arne’s Autobody. Arne continued “banging fenders” until he sold the shop to Shane and Kari Williamson and retired. Arne owned and operated a tow truck for several years, belonged to the fire department, and loved playing slow pitch with the “Buzzards”. Due to unfortunate health complications, Arne had spent the better part of his last year at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm but longed to return to Enderby and, in February of this year and for the final month of his life, he did return to Enderby and was residing at Parkview Place.

Arne will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (115 George Street, Enderby, BC) on Saturday, April 11 at 1:30 pm. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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