Stan Lackey, age 90, passed away peacefully on September 28th in his home with his wife of 65 years nearby.
A memorial service will be held at Southwest Community Church in Littleton on Tuesday, October 17th at 11:30 am followed by burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
Stan was born in Texas during the Great Depression, the youngest in a family of five children. He learned the power of strong work ethics by selling newspapers on the street during World War II and investing the money he earned in war bonds. Stan often observed that he lived longer than anyone else in his family. Genealogists would be intrigued that Stan's grandfather fought in the Civil War--a history spanning more than 150 years in two generations.
Stan graduated from Texas Western College in El Paso and was teaching 8th grade when he was drafted into the army. He was always proud that he served his country even though he spent most of his life as a teacher and counselor in public schools in Texas and then Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado. Stan loved to learn and over the years completed additional graduate classes in Texas and Colorado.
Stan married his wife Joyce in 1958, a good marriage that was blessed with three daughters, seven grandchildren, and only ended with Stan's death almost sixty-five years later.
Together Stan traveled with his wife in all fifty states and internationally, independently and with tour groups and cruises. Stan especially appreciated spending time with his family at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Stan loved exercise. He ran 13 marathons, including the New York City Marathon and another in Victoria, Canada.
Everyday until the last few months, Stan exercised and walked the neighborhood.
Stan was a man of deep Christian faith. His parents and siblings did not attend church, but even as a child, Stan walked himself to church every week. Even when Stan hit medical & mobility problems his last four years, this faith stayed with him and until the end, Stan always started his prayers with "Thank you, God."
Stan was predeceased by his parents and four siblings.
He is survived by his wife Joyce and three daughters--Lynda Ochsner, Laura Long, and Lisa Busman. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kyla, Kiralise and Jake Busman plus Jeremy, Ryan, Aaron, and Emmie Long.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's honor to the charity of your choice.