January 4, 1925 — February 27, 2020
Stanley E. Sylvester of Lebanon passed away at the Oregon Veterans' Home on February 27, 2020. Stanley was born in Lacomb. Oregon, on January 4, 1925. He was the son of Edward and Mabel (Calkins) Sylvester.
Stanley enlisted in the United States Marines in January 1943. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division 5th Regiment K Company. He served in several Pacific campaigns before the end of the war. He served on Liberty ships repatriating prisoners of war to Japan and returning force laborers to their home countries. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in July of 1946.
Stanley returned home to work as a part-time cowboy/ranch hand in Black Rock, Wyoming. He worked in the Oregon lumber industry for Ford Lumber, Snow Peak and Willamette Valley Lumber until his retirement in 1987.
Stanley and Betty enjoyed RVing, fishing and traveling with family and friends for many years. After Betty passed away in June 2016, he lived in their home until heath forced him to move to the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Carol (DeGroff); and his sisters, Betty Anne Force and Dorthy Opel. He is survived by his sister Marjorie Cox of Hillsboro, sons Curtis of Keizer, Craig of Lebanon and Paul of Honolulu Hawaii; four nieces, a nephew, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday March 13, 2020, at IOOF cemetery in Lebanon. Huston-Jost is handling the arrangements. (www.hustonjost.com)
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