photo and obituary provided by Jean Prescott

The Leavin’ of Texas


Ed was born in Macon, Georgia on July 26, 1942 to Robert “Doc” M. Stabler & Sarah “Sally” (Hamilton) Stabler. He passed on January 26, 2017 after a brief illness with pancreatitis following surgery at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Ed’s rich history began in the Navy communications division; he had the fortune to be assigned to an open schooner in Hawaii.  As he moved from service life to civilian life he chose to stay in the communication genre.  However, he was a newscaster-weatherman, steam locomotive engineer, liquor store owner, Moffat County Colorado deputy, part time rancher/horse owner/breeder/trainer but always came back to his passion for music performing arts. He, along with his wife Mary traveled to many Cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals. Ed was a member of the Western Music Association and a past member of the WMA Board of Directors.  His passion for firearms was almost as great as his passion of and for music as he was a life member of the NRA.

It was amazing to watch Ed learn a new instrument, song or style of playing. From Old Country, Jazz, Slat Key, to Classical.

For the past couple of years he spent every Thursday night at Back Beat Music Co. mentoring the youth as well as learning from them.  He often played at the Chicken Farm Art Center and for local nursing facilities and other functions.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary and his parents. He leaves a son Daniel, daughter Janine (Rowdy) Stehle-Doehling, granddaughter Lindsey (Matthew) Stehle-Doehling and soon-to-be-born great grandson Timber.

There will be a small Memorial Gathering of Friends at Back Beat Music Co., 102 N. Chadbourne St.,  on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:00pm and a larger Memorial Gathering of Friends at the Chicken Farm Art Center. 2505 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., San Angelo, Saturday, February 4, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you send monetary donations to the Western Music Association for their youth scholarship fund, P. O. Box 648, Coppell, TX  75019, or to the Yampa Valley Friends of the NRA, supporters of the Moffat County 4-H Shooting Sports,  c/o J. Stehle-Doehling P.O. Box 1504 Craig, CO  81626.

To say he will be greatly missed is truly an understatement.