Anthony "Tony" A. Stanovich, 82, of Sweet Home, died Thursday, Nov. 13, at Twin Oaks Care Center.

Private water committal is being handled by Workman and Steckly Funeral Chapel.

He was born June 21, 1921, in Bellingham, Wash., the son of Dominick and Grace Sponarich Stanovich.

He started working on the ocean at the age of 10.

During World II, he worked for the U.S. Army as a civilian tug boat operator. He worked the west coast, finishing and tuna fishing in the Galapagos area.

On June 28, 1974, he married Leona "Lee" Fritts in Bellingham, Wash. They lived on Lummi Island in Washington for many years before moving to Lebanon. They have lived in Sweet Home since 1996. They owned and operated the "Do-Bob" fishing boat.

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He was adopted into the Native American tribe and was named "White Raven."

A wood carver, he carved the totem poles that stand in Mural Park on Main Street and at River Park, both in Lebanon.

Mr. Stanovich is survived by his wife, Lee, of Sweet Home; sister JoAnne Nordsson of Lummi Island, Wash.; nephew Manley Smith; and nieces Karlene Cunningham and Donna Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to SafeHaven Humane Society. They may be directed to Workman and Steckly Funeral Chapel, 1443 Long St., Sweet Home, OR 97386.

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