Stanley William Fox was born October 4, 1931, in Clearlake, WA, to Lyle and Dorothy B. (Hyatt) Fox. The family, which included 3 brothers and 2 sisters, lived their formative years on an 80 acre dairy farm in Clearlake. Daily chores and playing in the ponds and creek with his sisters catching fish and frogs were some of his favorite memories. The brothers were avid hunters and enjoyed many trips to eastern Washington hunting for deer and elk.
In 1951 Stan joined the U.S. Navy and served on an aircraft carrier as an EN3, engineman second class. He also took part in the A bomb testing in 1954. After his military service, Stan’s brother, Leland, approached him and suggested they start a shake mill in Montborne near Big Lake. Later they formed a partnership with Chuck Potter and ran the Clear Shake Mill in Clearlake for approximately 10 years.
During this time, he met and married Nola Heminger, and he lovingly helped raise the five children she brought into the marriage. They moved to an 88 acre farm in Alger, which holds many fond memories for the family. They would often put the side rails on the truck, load the camping gear and kids in the back, and go camping to Canada or eastern Washington.
From 1974 to 1978 Stan traveled to Canada to attend Bible College and do missionary work. For the next 30 years Stan enjoyed being a farm worker and tractor driver for G&D Wallace Inc. who are potato farmers in Bow.
Stan has been a member of the Alger Christian Reformed Church for the past 50 years in which he has so many wonderful and caring friends.
Stan is survived by his brothers; Leland (Charlotte), Lyle (Irene) and Burl; sisters, Beverly (William) VanSlageren and Darlene (John) Krangnes; step-children, Mel, Mike (Kathy) and Toni Sheldon, Tina (Jim) Dillon and Nola Two Feathers. step-grandchildren: Terra (David) Perrin, Theresa, Shawnee and Courtney Sheldon, Jared Deeds, Shaun Holt, Kandida Jones, Garrett, Austin and Eric Chomka, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
Although Stan’s journey here has come to an end he leaves behind many wonderful friends and family who brought much joy and comfort to him during his time of illness. Many of you came to lift him up in prayer, fellowship, and song, he was truly a blessed man. Thank you to his nurses and caregivers at the Life Care Center in Sedro-Woolley. And a shout out to his baristas at the gas station!
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00pm at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Graveside services will be at the Clearlake Cemetery at 2:30pm, followed by a fellowship at the Clear Lake Community Covenant Church on Hwy 9. Visitation will be available on Friday from 9 to 5 and on Saturday from 9 to noon.