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Stanley Elmer Smith
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Stanley Elmer Smith

Stanley was born 12/11/1926 in Knife Lake Township Minnesota and passed away 5/2/2018 at Hospice House in University Place WA .He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Doris. He is survived by daughters Vicki Smith and Becky Adair; grandchildren Shawn Hyland and Mya Hyland, and Brandon Hanson and Thane Hanson; and great grandchildren Evan Hyland and Emily Hyland and Nova Hanson. A memorial service is to be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 10:30 Monday June 11th, followed by Life Celebration at Puyallup Eagles from 1-4pm.

Stan grew up in rural Minnesota farm country. During WWII at age 17 he enlisted in the Navy, where he served in the Asiatic Pacific American Theater. After the war Stan and Doree married in 1947, and in 1957 moved from Minnesota to Washington settling in Sumner. Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner hired Stanley as a mechanic. There he stayed for almost 30 years, first working as a mechanic then as service manager, later starting his own business; "Stan Smith Automotive" at his home in Bonney Lake. In 1994 Stan and Doree retired and moved to Packwood WA, where he lived until February 2018.

Stanley was a man of character with a kind and giving spirit, who exuded warmth, confidence, and inner strength. The nature of his persona drew people to him. There were many sides to Stanley. He was a gentleman but by no means a push-over. He could be rough and tough when required, or tender and gentle in the sweetest ways.Talented in many ways, he was a do-er and a worker, a problem solver, and an entertainer. He took pride in all he had and did, from handwriting to keeping his truck gleaming and his yard immaculate.Though a busy and hard worker, he was definitely not all work and no play! Stanley knew how to play and have fun enjoying his family and friends. A man of action would describe Stan. Together with his wife Doree he loved to hunt, fish, ride snowmobiles, and ride motorcycles. He especially loved the mountains. They also enjoyed camping with their trailer and road tripping with their friends. They made many a Reno/Tahoe run.

Stanley was a large presence who could light up a room. He would often entertain a group with his quick wit and charming sense of humor by telling Sven and Oly jokes (in a Norwegian brogue) and reciting silly limericks from memory. Everyone would be in stitches. He had an amazing ability to tell stories, and there were many. But Stan had other talents too. He could play guitar and sing old country songs. Family gatherings would often end up with him playing guitar and everyone singing along. As a young adult he loved to pay baseball and fast pitch softball. In fact in 1956 his team won the county league softball championship with him as captain. As a pair Stan and Doree ice skated and danced skillfully. How they loved to dance! There was a very inventive side to Stanley too. He would often customize or even make his own tools. And he had tools for everything, many in triplicate!

Stanley E Smith was a generous, tender hearted, loyal and loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family saw him as "rock" of a man, a true example of what it means to be a man. To his friends he was a true friend, a strong shoulder to cry on and strong back to count on. His word was a contract. He was respected and loved by most all who knew him. He will be remembered for his uniquely Stanley ways with love always.

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Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-566-1008


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Inurnment Service

Monday

11

Jun

10:30 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042

Double inurnment Smith, Doris and Smith, Stanley

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