Donald Ray Stuk, 64, of Battle Mountain, Nev., and formerly of Peck, lost his nine-year battle with cancer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev., Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Don was born July 16, 1954, to Leo “Junior” and Dorothy Stuk of Culdesac. Their “Putt Putt” was the middle child of seven kids. After the family moved to the Lenore/Peck farm he went to school at Lapwai, where he played football and basketball and graduated there in 1972. Soon after, he entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged Nov. 19, 1979.
Donnie then came home to farm and run cattle with his dad and brother Paul. He also worked for the next 10 years for Western Farm Service at Star Mill. During these years, he married Robin Roughton on Oct. 17, 1984, and, though this union didn’t last, he cherished being a stepdad to her son, JR.
On Oct. 22, 2004, Don married his soulmate and best friend, Lori Kay, who brought two sons into his life, Brian and Mike. They gave him “his family.” In 2004, Don, Lori and the boys moved to Battle Mountain, where he went to work at the Turquoise Ridge Gold Mine. He continued working there until cancer forced him to retire.
To keep busy on “good” days, Donnie helped his good friend, Dale Nichols, with his grass seeding and fencing business all over Nevada and Oregon.
Preceding Don in death were his mom, dad and brother Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Lori; son Brian (Rita, the daughter he always wanted) Zamarripa and their children, Christopher, Vincent Oppenhein and Alexis Adamson; son Mike Zamarripa and his children, Weston and Aydain, all of Battle Mountain, Nev.; sister Linda (Steve) Meacham of Lewiston; brothers Leo “Bud” (Gerry) Stuk of Richland, Steve (Trina) Stuk of Mason, Ohio, and David (Barb) Stuk of New Ulm, Minn.; sister-in-law Brenda Stuk of Peck; sister Lisa (Byron) Rudolph of Lapwai; and three aunts, Marjorie Mattson of Culdesac, Katharyn Mattson of Nampa and Leona Wilkins of Seattle.
Cremation has taken place and, per Don’s request, no funeral is planned, but a celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date.