Stan Owen passed away at his home in Lynden, Washington. He is survived by his wife Alice, only daughter Patty (Bruce), granddaughters Shanna (Ragan), Lindsey (Dustin), Kylie, great grandson Asher, extended family Joel (Monica), brother-in-law Bill (Ruth), and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Trail, British Columbia, Canada, he completed his education at Calgary Technical College, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, becoming a radio operator and a whiz at Morse code.
Stan married Alice Ratcliffe and they recently celebrated 69 years together. Stan and Alice started married life in Juneau, Alaska, where he was employed by Alaska Coastal Airlines. When the airlines became Alaska Airlines he worked as a flight dispatcher in Flight Operations at Sea-Tac Airport, retiring in 1988.
Stan had a life-long passion for aviation, purchasing his first little Cessna at age 25 and later in a partnered ownership of a Beechcraft Bonanza. Poor eyesight halted his piloting, but he continued his air adventures with Joel Weyhe. One of their highlights included a trip to the Oshkosh fly in.
Stan and Alice moved to Lynden in 1998. Over the years, they were lucky enough to travel to many different countries and for at least 30 years took annual trips to Maui.
Golf became his challenge in his later years. He loved the game, even though the water on the first hole at Raspberry Ridge favored him a little too often. To his delight he won the men’s senior tournament at Raspberry Ridge in 2006.
Stan looked forward to his salmon fishing trips to Juneau, especially the annual Salmon Derby.
He was predeceased by his parents William Owen and Minnie Christopher Owen, sisters Muriel (George), Gladys (George), Netta (Lorne), and nephew Gordon.
Donations in his name can be made to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 2800 Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. Special thanks to Hospice for their kind and gentle care!
Services have not been planned at this time.
Your empty chair is filled with love.
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