Stanton Strickler vonGrabill, Jr.

01/14/1938 - 12/23/2018


Mr. Stanton Strickler vonGrabill, Jr. age 80, of South Hill, VA
died at his residence of forty-five years on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
He was an alumnus of Pennsylvania Military College ,
Chester, PA (now known as Widener University) He was the owner of Lake Country Insurance Agency since 1990 and was locally known as “Stan the Huff Cook Man” and also to his family as “Stan the Man”. He was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and rescued many animals and birds indigenous to the area for more than twenty years. He successfully rehabilitated many injured animals and birds and returned them to the wild. As a taxidermist, he contributed numerous mounted animals and birds to the local South Hill Doll and Train Museum in South Hill, Va.
Mr. vonGrabill is survived by his wife Mary Margaret Fahy vonGrabill. Their sixtieth wedding anniversary was celebrated on November 29, 2018. He is also survived by : his three children, Erin Louise Bridget Sturmer of Durham, NC, Stanton Strickler vonGrabill, III of Brodnax, Va and Kerry Lynn Josephine Baker (Hab) of Brodnax, VA; his four grandchildren: Ryan Anthony Sturmer (Katie Kovach) of Durham NC, Corey Michael Sturmer (Charlee) of Hillsborough, NC, Collin Matthew Sturmer of Osaka , Japan and his only granddaughter : Kathleen Baker Gordon (Samuel) of Marion, NC, his three great grandchildren: Walter Piedmont Sturmer, Scarlet Genon Sturmer and Liam Thor Gordon. Mr. Von Grabill was the oldest of five siblings. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Brenda Lee von Grabill and Nancy Zavatta and is survived by his two brothers: Stephen William vonGrabill of Arvada, CO and Charles Evan vonGrabill of Medford, OR.
A solemn requem Mass will be held Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, South Hill VA with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery, South Hill, VA. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home is serving the vonGrabill family. Online condolences may be sent through

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  1. My Grandad

    My grandad was not afraid of death, he spoke and laughed about it often …I think he had to come to grips with it early as it was a part of one of his favorite hobbies – Taxidermy. So much of what I do is inspired by him, from my own hobby farm, relationship with animals and my career in Sales. Grandad was a true renaissance man and from an era where Men were Men. They don’t make them like this anymore. He loved western hero stories and was a big fan of history and leaving a legacy. I did not realize how much of a father figure he was to me until it hit me after his departure. I will never forget him and will always try to pass on his best lessons to my children.

  2. With much love to my dear friend Erin, her beautiful mother Mary, Kerry, Vonny and their families. Stan the Man was loved by so many and was so very talented! And talk about a smile! Always had me laughing. Dear Stan, rest in peace.

  3. We send our condolences to Mary, Erin, Kerry, Vonny and the entire Von Grabill family. Whenever we saw Stan, he had a smile on his face and a kind word for all. We can think of no one better to have been the grandfather of our nephews. We are impressed with all of his accomplishments and the honorable life he led. God bless you, Stan.

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