This brings the end of a family generation. Earl Dean Stonebraker, 83, ended his worldly journey surrounded by love on July 26th, 2018. Earl was the youngest of eight sons born to Fenton and Laura Stonebraker of Ellsworth, KS. After graduating from Ellsworth Highschool, Earl followed in the footsteps of his brothers enlisting in the United States Navy on July 13, 1952. The majority of time Earl served in the Navy was spent on the USS St. Paul navigating the waters of the South Pacific.Earl earned his Fireman stripes, Machinist Mate 3rd Class, Machinist Mate 2nd Class, Chief of the Watch and Machinist Mate 1st Class.\n\nHonorably discharged on July 15, 1956 Earl moved to Greeley, CO where his parents had settled and that fall he enrolled at Colorado State College, now the University of Northern Colorado. Upon graduation with a degree in Education, Earl moved to Arcadia, CA to teach at Foot Hills Junior High School. After two years of teaching and missing the mountains, Earl moved back to Greeley, CO to pursue a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Patsy Robertson from Pattensburg,MO. 18 months later they were married after Patsy completed her graduate degree. The next three years they lived and taught in Colorado Springs, CO. The desire to refine his administrative and leadership skills moved Earl and Patsy to Lawrence, KS in 1969, where Earl spent 12 months in doctoral classes at the University of Kansas. Returning to Colorado was always the plan, however shortly before finishing his doctoral studies at KU, Earl was presented with and accepted an opportunity to become an Assistant Principal at Lefler Junior High School in Lincoln, NE. Earl served as the Assistant Principal at Lefler for three years enjoying the students and his first experience as a school administrator. In 1974, Earl moved to Longmont, CO to become the Principal of a newly opening junior high, returning to Lincoln in 1977 as Principal of Culler Junior High School. In 1978, Earl transferred into the Department of Student Services of Lincoln Public Schools working there until he retired in June of 1995. After 23 years in the Lincoln Public Schools and 35 years in public education Earl was always proud of his contribution to the lives of many of his students, parents, and teachers that he came in touch with. His greatest joy was in seeing someone grow beyond what they thought they were capable of becoming.\n\nEarl was an avid baseball fan (especially the St. Louis Cardinals and his beloved hero Stan Musial), enjoyed the outdoors, working with his hands, dancing and music but the title and hobby he most enjoyed was that of Grandpa.\n\nEarl is survived by his wife Patsy, son Steven and daughter in law Lehua, grandsons Aiden Joseph, Koa James and Roman Ohia. Earl was preceded in death by his daughter Zandra Renae (April 1974 - July 1978), parents and brothers. A private family celebration of\n life, loving and remembering was shared just hours before his passing. \n\n\n"I'm still alive if I'm remembered by those who I loved and who loved me."