Stanley Everett Lawrence, 86, of Randle, Washington, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Chehalis, Washington. Stan led a hard-working, adventuresome life. Those who knew Stan will remember his warm greeting and appreciation of a good humor. His family was very important and many gatherings were centered around Stan and Gladys preparing a meal. Stan was a butcher and grocery store owner earlier in life so well prepared meat was his forte.
He wore many hats throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Packwood Fire Department and became chief there. Later the family moved to Randle where they owned and operated Modern Food Grocery, where he was also in the fire department. From there he went to work in Alaska as the Fire Chief for Alyeska in Valdez. He wrapped up his working career working in maintenance at Cowlitz Stud Mill, Morton, Washington. Even though he was technically “retired,” Stan never stopped; he always had something in the works, including many gardening projects, producing beautiful flowers. His days started with a list; he always had things to do.
Stan was a member of the Shrine as well as a life member of Masonic Lodge, Robert Morris #97, and a founding member of the Packwood Presbyterian Church.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 plus years, Gladys; son, Phil Lawrence and wife Vicki of Packwood; daughter, Teresa Rowland and husband Walt of Chehalis; granddaughter, Lyndsey Gallenger and husband Eric of Rincon, Georgia; granddaughter, Megan Warner and husband Brandon of Montesano; five great grandchildren, Jack, Jamie, Jesse Gallenger, Riley, Brandon Jr. Warner; brothers, Richard and Dale Lawrence both of Olympia; and sister, Aleta of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Stan was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Lawrence; father, Gilbert Lawrence; and mother, Esther Lawrence.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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There will be a potluck celebration memorial at the Packwood Fire Hall, 12953 US Hwy 12, Packwood, at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016.