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Stanley J. Derwin

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Stanley J. Derwin

September 16, 1916 ~ June 25, 2014

Stan Derwin passed away peacefully in his home at Colonial Vista Assisted Living, where he was a well-loved resident. He resided there for the past year with his wife of 68 years, Pearl. He was born in Escanaba, MI to Evangeline and Theodore Derwin, the second of five children. During the Great Depression, and after his parents separated, he supported his mother and siblings by doing a paper route. After graduation from high school, Stan went to work for the J.C. Penny Company, where he learned the retail trade. Though he was promoted to manager of the ready to wear department, he longed to be his own boss. He eventually opened his own shoe store in Snoqualmie, WA, where he had previously met his bride, Pearl Koop. Together, they raised their two children, Sandy and Glenn, in the Snoqualmie Valley. Stan served in the U.S. Army from May 6, 1941 to January 14, 1946. He attained the rank of Sergeant, teaching marksmanship and later serving in occupied Japan. He was very proud of his time in the military. He remained a member of the American Legion. After retirement, he and Pearl made their primary residence in Sun Lakes, AZ. They volunteered at the Chandler Center for the Arts as ushers, did historical research for a local museum and belonged to the Sun Lakes Hiking Club. He hiked the Grand Canyon for the last time in his early 80’s. His last ten years were spent in the Wenatchee Valley, closer to family.

Stan is survived by his wife; two children; three grandchildren; a younger brother, Ted of Escanaba, MI; plus many nieces, nephews and greats. His infectious sense of humor, sense of the ridiculous and ever positive attitude made him a family favorite. He will be missed by all!

Services will be announced at a later date. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.

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