Irvin Charles Stanard was born on October 4, 1925 in Ipswich, SD to Charlie
Maxwell Stanard and Marie Johanna Thorell Stanard. He died in Lincoln, NE
on April 3, 2017 at the age of 91. When Irvin was 22 days old, Charlie Stanard
was killed in a train accident. Marie took Irvin back to her parents' home
in Gothenburg, NE when Irvin was about one year old.
Irvin lived in Brady with his mother and step-father, Martin Fickenscher, and
brothers and sister until graduating from Brady High School in 1943. Irvin
enlisted in the Army, serving in WWII in Okinawa. After discharge, Irvin
attended Boyle's Business College in Omaha, NE, where he learned telegraphy.
Irvin was later called back into service during the Korean Conflict in 1951 and
served at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.
Irvin spent almost 40 years as an agent/operator for the Burlington Northern
Railroad. He served in many depots in Nebraska while gaining seniority and
finished his career at the Havelock Shops in Lincoln. After retirement,
Irvin enjoyed working with wood, fishing and boating.
Irvin married Mabel LaVerne Sytsma on November 22, 1947. They had 3
daughters, Phyllis Hershner, Utica, NE, Charlene Dunbar (Steven), Lincoln, NE,
and Barbara Stanard, Utica, NE.
Irvin could strike up a conversation with anyone and enjoyed visiting with
everyone. Irvin always expressed his devotion and love to Mabel with
beautiful cards and gifts for every occasion and thanked her every night by
saying “thanks for supper”. Irvin was a devoted father to his three girls and
taught them how to ride a bicycle, ice skate, drive a stick shift car, check the
oil , play ping pong and many more life skills and lessons. Irvin modeled
how to be a hard worker and an honest and helpful person. Irvin was
especially devoted to Barbara and her special needs and made sure Barbara was
involved in church, social, vocational and educational opportunities.
Irvin respected people regardless of their differences in abilities or station
Irvin is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Mabel, and his three
daughters, Phyllis, Charlene and Barbara. Irvin is also survived by his
son-in-law Steven Dunbar, grandchildren Brett (Rondalyn)Wells, Beatrice, NE,
Meagan (Mike) Wallinga, Orange City, IA, Julie (Thomas) Seifert, Houston, TX,
and Tom (Amanda) Dunbar, Arlington, VA, 10 great-grandchildren, brothers
Allan (Maxine) Fickenscher, Gothenburg, NE and Gayland (Donna) Fickenscher,
Grand Island, NE. Irvin was preceded in death by his parents and sister
Marleen Fedderson and son-in-law Ladd Hershner.
Services at 2nd Baptist Church, Lincoln, NE on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 2:00
with interment at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, NE at 1:00 pm,
Tuesday. Visitation on Wednesday and Thursday with family present on
Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM.
Memorials to 2nd Baptist Church or Anybody Everybody Ministry at First Plymouth