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 John Vernon Stanford, Sr

John Vernon Stanford, Sr

Birth
Death 6 Mar 2007 (aged 70)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot SECTION N ROW 27 SITE 1373
Memorial ID 62715388 · View Source
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AO1 US Navy - Korea and Vietnam

Anchorage Daily News March 10, 2007:

Vern Stanford Sr., 70, of Anchorage died peacefully March 6, 2007, at home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. A service with visitation was held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Anchorage. Burial followed afterward at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Vern was born Dec. 17, 1936, to Earl and Bertha Stanford in Troy, Mont. He grew up in Deer Park, Wash., with his two brothers and five sisters. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1954, he served as an aviation ordnance specialist on aircraft carriers for 10 years. He met the love of his life, Evelyn, in 1964 in California, where he worked in the logging industry. Several years after the birth of their two children, John and Kirsten, the family moved to Alaska. They spent the next 12 years working and living in Barrow. Vern and Evelyn became foster parents, sharing their home and love with more than 90 children, earning the honor of Foster Parents of the Year for the state of Alaska in 1992. They adopted a son, Raymond, and a daughter, Lillian, before returning to Anchorage in 1994. Vern's retirement was filled with many activities. Between his morning talks with God, he and Evelyn ran a home day care. He also managed to fit in fishing trips, motor home adventures, snowmachining, working gun shows, cooking for family and friends and helping Evelyn with church and community activities. His son, John Jr., wrote: "I am very proud that Vern is my Dad. He taught me things to help deal with life, I did not realize at the time, that made me the man I am today. I thank my dad for passing on his 'positive outlook on life' to all he met. That attitude helps many days go by." His daughter, Kirsten, wrote: "My dad is my hero, we should all strive to be more like him." His granddaughters wrote: "He was the best motor home driver in the whole world!" and they will forever remember the "booty shake." His family added: "Vernon never lost his sense of humor; after losing his hair from chemotherapy he wore a multi-colored clown wig to his treatments and cancer support meetings, creating joy and laughter. Whether grocery shopping, receiving treatment, or just walking down the street, Vernon left a trail of smiles and laughter in his wake. Everyone he touched came away a better, happier person."

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, John Jr. and Raymond; daughters, Kirsten and Lillian; son-in-law, Thomas; daughter-in-law, Christine; sisters, Nadine, Ileta, Shirley and Twila; brothers-in-law, Robert and Mike; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughters Desiree' and Cindy; brothers, Keith and Earl; and sister, Opal. Donations may be sent to Providence Alaska Foundation, Cancer Center.


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  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62715388
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Vernon Stanford, Sr (12 Dec 1936–6 Mar 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62715388, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Twist (contributor 46920390) .