Stanard, Irvin


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 in life.
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 Church.

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