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Ken Staninger Obituary


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“Mary - I was so sorry to hear about Ken. I remember when you two met and we all had such fun together. Please know that you and your family are in my...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Osterhaus

“Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ken was such a nice person and I remember you both fondly even after all these years. I wanted you to...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Stacey Lawson - Hayward, CA

“The members of Gallery 16 send their condolences for your loss of a loved one...to our friend Judy Gurnsey and family. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Dorothy Erickson - Great Falls, MT

“I was saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. He was always very kind to me and easy to work with. As someone whose been with the NFLPA and worked...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Athelia - Washington, DC

“I met Ken and family through the Jack & Jill Day Care while I was the Administrative Assistant for Janice Watson. I found both Ken and Mary to be...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Jeanenne Hargett - Missoula, MT

“Staninger family I was also shocked to hear of Kenny passing away. I was one of the original Flying Mules that had so many wonderful times with Ken....Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Jim Conner - Lewistown, MT

“Ken will be missed by a lot of people as he touched the lives of so many. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: John & Diane Zimorino - AZ

“Dear Family, Ken was a man full of life and quite a hunter as well. I remember when he broke his leg, his friends took him duck hunting carrying him...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Charlie Deschamps - Missoula

“Mary and family; I still remember Ken in his El Camino in HIgh School. He stood out then as he did through out his life! My condolences and...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Lee Meltzer - Missoula, MT

“Staningers - We love you guys and Kenny will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed watching Ken with his cousins and their crazy antics! What a...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Lindsay & James Hruby - Cheyenne, WY

“I grew up with Kenny as my close friend from 1st grade through high school. Although we had not been in touch for years, Ken was always in my...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Mac Burgess - Palmer, AK

“Dear Staninger Family Blessing to all of you. Growing up in Missoula in my eyes Ken was always a larger than life superhero. Thank you Ken for...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Chris Landa - Edmonds, WA

“Mary, I am very sadened learning about Ken's passing. I admired him as one of the best people on Earth, and especially in our community. I'm out of...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Julio K. Morales - Missoula

“Mary, I am very sadened learning about Ken's passing. I admired him as one of the best people on Earth, and especially in our community. I'm out of...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Julio K. Morales - Missoula

“Kenny was a great friend to both my brother, Pokey and myself. No one had more fun than Kenny and Pokey planning and participating in the Flathead...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Jennie Kirschling - Newcastle, WA

“Dear Staningers, Kenny wasn't only a cousin but also a great friend that I looked up to like a big brother. We got to see him play football in Butte...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Charles Rossiter - Sheridan, MT

“Mary and family~ my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I will never forget Ken's infectious smile and positive outlook. He was a true...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Shannon Smith - Snoqualmie, WA

“Ken will be missed. He contributed to the community in every way possible. He was a good man and will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Kyle and Shelley Lingscheit - MT

“I was surprised and saddened to hear of Ken's passing.We played softball many years ago on the same team and had some great times. I knew he was...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Rick Ashworth - Deer Lodge, MT

“To Ken's Family. I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I knew Ken as a Jr. and Sr. at Sentinel H.S. where I was a Counselor and worked with Lou...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Rod Bates - Dayton, MT

“It was shocking to hear and read about Ken's passing. What a guy he was and any of us who were ever around him as our boys grew up knew how much...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Larry Lackner - Missoula, MT

“Greetings, So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing, what a tragic loss. Kenny and I had our experience as Missoula HS athletes in common and even...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Mark Latrielle - Missoula, MT

“Staninger Family - I send my love, prayers and heart felt sorrow to you as a family. My personal friendship with Kenny really grew when we worked...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Kim Latrielle - Missoula, MT


Missoula native, Ken Staninger died January 26, 2013 at his Grant Creek home at the age of 63 after a 5 month battle with cancer. Some of his family, local and out-of-state friends, and past & present athletes arrived in time to thank, comfort, and say good-bye. Ken was born to the late Kenneth (Bucko) and Beatrice (Beach) Staninger on May 15th 1949. He attended Cold Springs Grade School and Sentinel High School where he was captain of the football, basketball & track teams his senior year. Ken went to Spokane Community College in Washington on a full athletic scholarship. He was captain & starting quarterback of Spokane's undefeated football team singling him out as an Associated Press choice for Junior College All-American in 1968. In June 2012 his team was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame & he also was individually inducted into the Hall of Fame at Spokane Community College. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, graduating with a Major in Business Marketing attending on a full NCAA Scholarship. His football career was cut short by a severe motorcycle accident. He met Mary Monahan of Little Falls, Minnesota and they married on November 26th, 1977 and recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. From their union they have two sons Brett, 32 & Ryan, 28. Throughout his life Ken had several business. He worked as a real estate agent and land developer. He was a sports agent for professional NFL & CFL football players and coaches. Ken was also a part owner in Valley Vending & Montana Coffee Express. In the latter years these business were run simultaneously. Ken started his real estate profession in 1972 when be became affiliated with Security Agency. By 1974 he had excelled to the point that his peers recognized him as the Missoula Salesman of the Year. In 1977 Ken established his own firm Staninger & Associates and by 1980 the firm had grown to a sales staff of 14 with two branch offices despite the downturn in the economy. In 1984 Ken started Properties 2000 which still operates today as one of Missoula's leading real estate brokerages. In 1980 Ken turned his passion for football into a new business when he began Staninger Sports Agency. That year he signed his first client from the University of Montana, Guy Bingham. Ken prided himself on representing athletes from the northwest, which he did successfully for 33 years. Ken had an impact on both the NFL & CFL organizations where he negotiated record setting contracts for his respective clients on multiple occasions. He was endeared by many of the general managers, coaches, scouts, and most of all his players who appreciated his honesty, integrity, and straightforward approach along with an occasional package of elk jerky. In 2010 Ken rebranded the sports agency as Stinger Sports Group. Ken had a very strong work ethic and put his whole-self into everything that he pursued. In addition to his school sports he also enjoyed playing softball, hockey, waterskiing, downhill skiing, tennis, squash, racquetball; Ken even rode saddle bronc horses in the KOA Rodeo. Throughout his life he announced the horse races at the county fair, announced football games, provided color-commentary for the Grizzly's, coached youth sports, and was a pilot. He followed his sons to every one of their sporting events and still found time to hunt & fish with his sons and friends. Ken was a passionate Grizzly Athletics supporter and attended most every game unless he was away recruiting new professional football players or was out of town in attending client's games. Ken started the Missoula Hockey Club, "The Missoula Flying Mules", where he played goalie. He had quick hand-eye coordination, but the one thing he could not do was ice skate. Ken was the catalyst that helped build the new concession-stand, locker-rooms, bath rooms, re-surfaced track, and brought new stadium lights to the football field at the Missoula County Stadium on the Big Sky High School campus. The new facilities were made possible by his fund-raising efforts and organizing donated labor. Due to this contribution and being a professional sports agent Ken was honored as Ray Rocene Sportsman-of-the-Year in 1999. Ken was involved in many civic organizations, taught real estate classes, served on the board of Western State Insurance and spoke annually at the Entertainment Management class at the University of Montana. Ken lived his life to the fullest and was a great father, husband, and friend with exceptional attributes. Ken was also known to his friends as "Stinger", "Stanley", and "Bull of the Woods". He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Brett (wife Kimberly) and their children Reece, Addison & Austin of Renton, WA and son Ryan Staninger of Portland, OR. Ken is survived by his sister Judy Gurnsey (Wayne) and nephew Josh Wood (Andrea) and their children Kesley and Cameron of Bozeman, MT. He is survived by his uncle and aunt Byron & Pauline Bayers of Twin Bridges, MT, and 99 year old aunt Helen Paige of Philipsburg, MT as well as many cousins from the Bayers, Rossiter, Ellig, Lemm, Good, & Paige families on his mothers side. He is also survived by the Tiedeman, Hoagan, and McCune cousins on is father side of the family. He is survived by his sister in laws, brother in laws, nieces and nephews from the Monahan, Hawkinson, Adams, and Lieble families on Mary's side of the family. He is survived by innumerable friends, business associates and past & present football players throughout the United States. He is preceded in death by his parents Beach & Bucko Staninger, several aunts & uncles, two cousins, a niece & a brother-in-law and his fathers sisters Margaret Hogan, Mildred McCune, Cora Tiedeman. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider THE KEN STANINGER MEMORIAL FUND that the Staninger family has established. Ken strongly believed in supporting and investing in the community. With Ken's spirit in mind, donations to this

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