April 12, 1925 — April 8, 2017
Stanley Mierniczak Jr. entered eternal peace Saturday April 8, 2017, after a brief stay at Samaritan Health Center in West Bend. He was born the youngest of three children April 12, 1925, in Chicago to the late Stanley Mierniczak and Katryn (nee Kanczuga) Mierniczak.
Stanley grew up in Chicago, attending Henry Clay School (Hegewisch area). He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, completed his training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and served on the USS New Jersey battleship during World War II, spending time In Japan toward the conclusion of the war. While onboard, he was trained as an airplane mechanic, a profession he further developed after his time in the service. He married his nextdoor sweetheart, Loretta, on Aug. 20, 1949, in Chicago. They visited Niagra Falls and attended the Cleveland Air Races as a part of their honeymoon; aviation was always a part of his life.
He was employed by Schneck Aviation in Lansing, Illinois, and Hartzog Aviation in Rockford, Illinois, before moving his family to West Bend to work with Aerial Blight Control, finally opening his own shop, Stanley Aircraft and Engine Service on the West Bend Airport in 1968. Although he closed his shop in 2015, he could still be found tinkering about and enjoying time with his friends, colleagues and customers at the West Bend Airport. Stanley had a creative, sharp and independent mind. As a master mechanic, he had many admirers and served as a mentor to others, enjoying solving mechanical and engineering problems. He had a quick sense of humor and a humble presentation. Stan was generous with his time and valued his family and friends.
He was a loving husband to Loretta (who predeceased him in 2015) for 67 years; cherished father to Robert Mierniczak of Grafton and Karen Palamos of San Francisco; and beloved grandfather to Jordan Palamos of Eugene, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his brother, John (2016), and sister, Stella (2011). He is survived by nephews, Richard (Annette) of Illinois, Richard (Laura) of Rhode Island and James (Terry) of Indiana; niece, Elaine of Indiana; cousin, Jim in Minneapolis; and brother-in-law, Paul of Rhode Island, as well as other extended family members.
A memorial will be held in Stanley’s honor at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the EAA building on the West Bend Airport.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of The Samaritan Health Center and Allay Hospice for caring for Stanley during his final days.