Stanley Martin Muhr
Stanley Martin Muhr, 70, of Woodburn, Ore., died peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Stanley was the first child born to Raymond Leroy Muhr and Miriam Joy (Miller) Muhr in Bridgeport, Nebraska, on November 10, 1950, and moved to Newberg, Oregon, in grade school, graduating from Newberg High School in 1969. Stanley married LaVern Ellis Roy at Talent Friends Church in Talent, August 26, 1972. They started a family in Newberg, moving to Hillsboro before the birth of their third child. They later lived in Idaho and Washington before returning to Oregon in 2010.
Stanley worked as the Newberg School District facilities and grounds manager before taking a job as warehouse manager for FARMCRAFT. It was in this job that Stanley designed and built a small-scale fertilizer mixing plant and later convinced the company to invest in a mainframe computer, bringing two of his long-time loves together: agriculture and electronics. Stanley went on to co-found Ag-Chem, to start Pacific Chemical, and he briefly owned and operated A Green Thumb, Beaver Orchards, and The Farm & Garden Center (Woodland, Wash.). Stanley was an ag consultant, a hobby farmer, and an entrepreneur. But what he loved most were backyard barbecues and big family gatherings.
With membership currently at Silverton Friends Church, Stanley first attended West Chehalem Friends Church in elementary school and has been active in the Society of Friends ever since, serving for many years as clerk of the meeting at Hillsboro Friends Church and later at Silverton Friends Church. Known for his financial acumen, persistence, optimism, and an ability to bring people together, Stanley also served on the board of Twin Rocks Friends Camp as well as on the Board of Stewards for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. He most recently served on the Finance Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.
Stanley is preceded in death by his wife, LaVern, and his father, Raymond.
Stanley is survived by his mother, Miriam Muhr; his five children—Eric Muhr, Portland; Adam and Rhonda Muhr, Camas, Wash.; Christina Muhr, Talent; Donald Muhr, Woodburn; and Bethany Muhr, Scio—his four siblings—Sue Hammons, Vancouver, Wash.; Steve and Willow Muhr, Dayton; Marcia and Dwayne Astleford, McMinnville; Mike and Mintha Muhr, Keizer—and his four grandchildren.
Memorial gifts can be made in Stanley's name to Barclay Press (barclaypress.com) and Silverton Friends Church (silvertonfriends.org).