July 14, 2006
Stan Lauriski died peacefully on July 13, 2006, at his home in Salida after a long, courageous fight battling cancer. Stan was born in Cañon City and moved to Aspen in the sixth grade. Stan was an athlete at Aspen High, where he graduated in 1960. Stan married his high school sweetheart, Rose Lowderback, in 1960 and had celebrated 45 years of marriage. They had two children, Joe and Anna Marie. Stan is survived by his mother, Lorraine Kermode; his love of his life, wife Rose Lauriski, his two children, his three grandchildren, Steve Bruening, Becky Bruening and Alicia Lauriski, his brothers, Doug Kermode and family, Danny Kermode and family, and his four brothers in law, Cecil, Denny, Dicky and Butch Lowderback and families. Stan will be remembered for his absolute love and passion for the outdoors, from cycling over Independence Pass, hunting upland birds, fishing along streams and lakesides, to his love and passion for large-game archery hunting for elk, mule deer, bear and mountain lion. Stan and his wife were volunteers at the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic every April at Snowmass Village, where Stan guided veterans in archery. Stan was a great tinker, from designing and manufacturing Phantom 125 broadheads to help improve his archery hunting skills to designing a special crochet hook for his wife and helping build his home in Salida. Rose and Stan were constant companions during every hunting season, enjoying camp chores and processing of the game he shot, and canning the vegetables they grew at their Smuggler home. There wasn’t a better way to spend a summer sunset in Aspen then having Stan escort you through their flower and vegetable gardens that he and Rose both loved to tend.Stan was loved by so many, and if anyone had ever needed help, Stan was only a phone call away. Stan was there for anyone without a question or need of repayment, from helping a friend’s son with a Cub Scout derby car to taking in a friend in need. Stan never said no; it wasn’t his nature. He will be greatly missed by his family and by all who had the pleasure of calling him friend. Fire Chief Darryl Grob memorialized Stan by writing “One of Stan’s most enduring passions was the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department. His reputation as a courageous and aggressive firefighter remains legendary among the volunteers to this day. Badge No. 16 served 27 years with the department joining in December of 1964 and retiring in 1991. He served as president of the volunteers for many years throughout his service; was an assistant fire chief and finally served as chief in 1976. In 1981 Stan led the AVFD Hose Cart Racing Team to the state championship in Colorado, which he thoroughly enjoyed and cherished. “Throughout his years of service, Stan provided consistent and outspoken leadership and has rightfully earned enduring love, admiration and respect from the AVFD.”Stan was a long time member with the Eagles Club for 44 years and an active member of the Elks since 1971. Stan worked with Rio Grand Motorway for 17 years, then owned and operated Lauriski Trucking. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 533 E. Main St. in Aspen. The Aspen Fire Department will then escort Stan after services to the Red Butte Cemetery for a graveside ceremony by the Elks Club. A reception will follow at the Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 BPOE, 510 E. Hyman, Aspen. Direct reception information to 925-9071.Memorial donations can be made on Stan’s behalf to Leukemia and Lymphoma Rocky Mountain Chapter, 5353 W. Dartmouth Ave., Suite 400, Denver, CO 80227, or the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, attn: Gift Processing. Lewis & Glenn Funeral Service of Salida is entrusted with the arrangements. There will be no viewing.