Lonzy Lamar Stanford
Longtime Kenai resident Lonzy Lamar Stanford died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. He was 76.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Kenai Bible Church, 600 Main St. in Kenai. Pastor Vance Wonser will officiate. Burial will follow at Kenai City Cemetery. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at Paradisos Casino Lounge in Kenai. Pallbearers will include Lonnie Lamar, Vernon Lynn, Keith Lawrence, Gary Lee Stanford, Scott Anthony Stanford and Doug Abraham Massie. Military honors will be performed by VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20.
Mr. Stanford was born Sept. 27, 1930, to James and Ruby (Long) Stanford in Wauchula, Fla. He received his GED and entered the U.S. Army in October of 1948 and served until he was honorably discharged in February of 1962. Mr. Stanford moved to Kenai in March of 1962, where he raised his family.
He was employed with the Alaska Department of Transportation in Soldotna as the state equipment fleet foreman until he retired April 30, 1997. He also delivered the Anchorage Times for 10 years to peninsula residents. He was a member of the Kenai Bible Church, the Moose Family Center and American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai.
“He enjoyed halibut fishing, camping and mechanic work,” said his family.
Mr. Stanford was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Beatrice Lou Stanford.
He is survived by his sons, Lonnie Lamar and his wife, Annette Stanford, Vernon Lynn and his wife, Vicky Stanford, and Gary Lee Stanford, all of Kenai, and Keith Lawrence Stanford of Anchorage; daughter, Ruby Louise Stratton and her significant other, Max Nickerson of Anchorage; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Serena Williams of Tennessee; and brothers, Emanuel and Marcus Stanford of Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Stanford’s name to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Ste. 204, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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