We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Koop Funeral Home
Stanley Edward Parvey, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on May 25. Preceded in death by brothers Delmar and Art. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth; brother Morris, sisters Marian and Helen, sister-in-law Jean; children Doug, Patricia (David Nypower), and Dale (Kimberly Olesen); many nieces, nephews, and extended family, including 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
On September 16, 1931, Stanley was born in a farm house in Hansboro, North Dakota to Arthur and Anne Parvey. He spent his early years in Rock Lake, ND and moved to Minneapolis at age 10. At age 12 he landed his first job delivering newspapers for the Minneapolis Times. He enjoyed platform diving at the city lakes and winters skating and skiing. Summers were spent working on family farms in ND. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 18 and served during the World War II Occupation of Japan and the Korean War; decorations include United Nations War Service Ribbons, and he was a Color Guard and lifetime member of VFW Post 1816 in Garrison.
Following his discharge from the Army in 1952, Stanley worked the fall harvest for Uncle Oscar and then moved back to Minneapolis, where he met and married the love of his life, Ruth. In 1958 they bought their first home in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Bryn Mawr and later raised their family in Golden Valley.
At the start of his professional career, Stanley joined the Iron Workers Union during a 4-year apprenticeship in Architectural Metals under the GI Bill. He worked at Flour City Architectural Metals and later at Alpana Aluminum Products in positions of increasing responsibility, including Process Engineering, Field Service and Project Management.
Stanley always looked forward to weekends at the cabin in Malmo, fishing trips with his co-workers and participating in bowling and golf leagues. Following his retirement, he enjoyed 30 years living on Lake Mille Lacs, playing golf, fishing and hunting. Stanley and Ruth were early members of Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison and were instrumental in the building construction.
Stanley’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends and he always saw the good in others. He had an optimistic, glass half full attitude, and loved telling stories, sharing memories and repeating a good joke. Stan led a wonderful life full of happiness and loved his family deeply.
We wish to thank all of our family and friends for their support and friendship. The family would also like to thank Allina Hospice for all their assistance during this time.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison. Military honors will be presented by the Garrison VFW. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.