Edward Bowne Stabler
Ed was born in Macon, GA 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, TX.
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 genera. 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. 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, Hawaiian Slack 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 was a regular participant and performer at the Chicken Farm Art Center, Saturdays and Second Thursday concerts. Through his connection with The San Angelo Symphony he performed throughout West Texas in assisted living retirement communities and nursing facilities. He also performed in local venues regularly and worked as an in demand recording session musician.
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.
The will be a small Memorial Gathering of Friends at Back Beat Music Co., 102 N. Chadbourne St. on Thursday, Feb 2, @ 7:00pm and a larger Memorial Gathering of Friends at the Chicken Farm Art Center. 2505 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. San Angelo Saturday, Feb 4, from 10:00 – 4:00.
On Lieu of flowers, his family asks that you send a monetary donation 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, P.O. Box 1504 Craig CO 81626 as they are supporters of the Moffat County 4-H Shooting Sports.
There is not enough room as he was also a Composer, Player, Friend and Companion. To say he will be greatly missed is truly an understatement and as a close friend stated. “He played guitar for Roy Rogers for cryin out loud!”
“It’s not the leaving of Texas that’s grieving me,
But my darling that I’m bound to leave behind.”
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