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Stan Schmasow

July 27, 1927 — March 20, 2024

Stanley M. Schmasow, aged 96, passed away on March 20th, 2024 from heart failure. He was born on July 27th, 1927, in Sidney, MT, to Arthur Schmasow and Vesper Jane Babb [Deceased]. He married Helen Gergurich [Deceased] in Seattle, WA, on September 6th, 1951. Together, they had four beloved children: Gary Schmasow (Greenwood, AR), Greg Schmasow (Santa Monica, CA - Deceased), and twins Brett Schmasow (Great Falls, MT) and Brenda Graff (Spokane, WA). Stanley leaves behind three grandchildren: Dustin Schmasow, Lisa Graff, and Myles Graff, as well as five great-grandchildren.

Throughout his remarkable life, Stanley achieved many milestones. He served in the Air Force from 1945 to 1949 at Eshborn AF Base in Frankfurt, Germany. During the Berlin Airlift, he served as Chief Dispatcher for deliveries to East Berlin before transitioning to the military police in California, where he was honorably discharged in September 1949. Stanley held various roles, including working for the Great Northern Railroad, GF Smelter, and at Malmstrom AFB as a civilian, retiring in July 1989. Together with his wife Helen, he built a scenic hexagon cabin at Holter Lake and enjoyed winters in Arizona, traveling in their motorhome.

Stanley embraced life as an avid outdoorsman, finding solace and joy in hunting, fishing, rafting, and boating. He also delighted in dancing jitterbug to the tunes of his cherished vinyl records. Beyond his passions, Stanley's kindness and warmth touched the lives of all who knew him. His quick-witted humor and boundless love were a beacon of light, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of many. In remembrance of Stanley, may his legacy of love and laughter live on in the hearts of those he leaves behind.

In Stanley’s words: “So true of life, we pass this way but once. We don’t have a contract with God. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. Lot’s of people believe in superstitious things, is there life after death? - we know death is a reality. Live your life like there’s life after death, the proof is in the pudding. If it’s true, it’s a plus! If it ain’t - you did not lose anything. Enjoy life, you never know when it’s over. Every human being needs to be admired, praised, and loved. If you die you hope it’s coming from a vacation - instead of heading to… Wouldn’t it be nice every morning to smell the cherry blossoms - or a morning kiss on the neck from your dog. So, love life - just for today.”

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

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1410 13th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405

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