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Wasilla resident Stanley L. Larimer, 90, died of natural causes May 22, 2007, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage.
A celebration of life was May 27 at the Family Christian Center in Palmer.
His family wrote: "A very heart-felt service was given by Pastor Peter Galardo, longtime pastor and friend to Stanley. Stanley received well-deserved military honors by an Honor Guard after the service, of which he would have been very proud.
" 'Stan the Man,' as he was so often called, was born on Sept. 23, 1916, in Bradford, Pa. Stan had many wonderful stories about his early life, singing with Bing Crosby on a train, driving for Liberace, and, being a sergeant in World War II, he had many war stories as well. Stan served in the Army, as well as in the Air Force, and left the Armed Forces a decorated soldier.
"Stan came to Alaska in the early 1950s and fell in love with its beauty. He loved to hunt and fish and did both very well. He hunted the Denali area for moose until he was 84 years old.
"Stan was a sweet man who was loved by many. He always had a smile or a joke, and always saw the positive side of things. He lived his life with dignity and grace, always willing to help someone in need. He worked as a Wal-Mart greeter for 11 years and loved every minute of it. He could rarely go out without someone recognizing him as 'Stan the Man,' the Wal-Mart greeter in Wasilla. He was a very proud man. Stan will be greatly missed by his many friends and family."
He is survived by his wife, Fern Larimer; and his sons and daughters, Daryle Larimer, Dean Larimer, Lori Taylor, Jan Jerry and Kathy Larimer-Hibdon.
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