On December 22, 2016, Stanley Lis Sr. got on his horse and left to explore the Wild West in the Big Sky. Stanley was a resident of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin. His health had been in serious decline since June 2016 when he had to leave his beloved home in Bellinger, Wisconsin.
Stanley was born on October 8, 1926 in Lublin, Wi, one of 11 children born to Bruno and Sophie (Czerwinski) Lis. He was raised and received his education in the Lublin area. At the age of 17 he joined the US Navy and was eventually stationed in Rhode Island, working as a cook for officers. One day while off duty he was at Misquammicutt Beach and met Mary Valerie Sieczkiewicz who was working at an Italian Grinder food stand. He was smitten. They dated off and on, but in 1945 Stanley was involved in a serious accident that led to an honorable discharge from the Navy. He returned home to Lublin to recover, but in 1946 he went back to Rhode Island to court Mary. They were married in Westerly, R.I. on April 12, 1947. Stanley tried to make a "go of it" doing factory work in R.I. but he was a country boy, and that "ranch" in Bellinger was calling him. In 1950 he moved his family back to the Lublin area.
Stanley earned his living as a livestock dealer and put on many miles buying and hauling cattle in the Thorp-Abbottsford-Willard area. Many a story was told about his adventures with his co-workers during this time. When he was not working he enjoyed socializing with his buddies, especially at the Huron Tavern, card playing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and traveling to Canada and Wyoming on occasion.
As he grew older he enjoyed riding his 4 or 6 wheeler, planting and harvesting peas, potatoes, and cucumbers, eating his breakfast of 4 eggs and a slice of European rye, sitting in his recliner watching Westerns, visiting with family, and looking out his window to watch the traffic at the Bellinger 4 corners.
Stanley was a member of the Abramowicz, Kacmarczyk, Cwikla American Legion Post #547 in Lublin. He also belonged to the Huron Snowgliders Club for many years.
Stanley is survived by his wife Mary, and 4 children: Patricia Cimperman (Albert), Milwaukee; Stanley Stash Jr (Mary), Thorp; David (Renee), Thorp; and Michelle Sayer (Cameron), Menomonee Falls, Wi. One daughter, Cheryl Marie died January 12, 1967, and Stanley's future internment will be at her gravesite in Lublin.
Stanley also has 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is further survived by 2 sisters, Helen Hudak, Eau Claire, and Sophie Bandur, Stanley, Wi. as well as 1 brother Alois Lis, Rhinelander.
Besides his daughter Cheryl he was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Frank, Eddie, Danny, Tony, Joe ( an infant), and sisters Bernice Nowak and Stella Klisiewicz.
Stanley was known to many by his nickname FOX.* That he was, "a clever and crafty person". He knew what he liked and he went for it. "Stanley, we know you're giving that horse you're riding one hell of a ride."
*The Polish name "Lis" translates to "fox" in English.
No services are planned at this time.