Stanley Charles Klaumann Sr., 93, passed away September 6, 2022 at the Madison Valley Manor, Ennis, MT.
The older of 2 children, Stan was born on April 29, 1929 in Monterey, CA to Virgil (Red) and Mary Ruth Ollason Klaumann. In 1934, the family moved to a cattle ranch outside Hollister, CA.
Stan graduated from Hollister High School in 1946, where he was involved in basketball and agriculture.
After high school, he served 4 years in the National Guard.
In 1945, Janice Tranberg, Stan’s best friend’s sister, caught his eye, and it wasn’t long before they both knew this was a lifelong love.
On March 17, 1949, Stan and Janice were married. Stan dotted their life with his quick humor and stubbornness for over 73 more years.
Stan and Janice had 4 children: Stan Jr. (1951), Ken (1953), Tricia (1955), and Susie (1962).
Stan worked alongside his dad on the family ranch until 1962. When Susie was 3 months old, the family moved to the 4R Ranch in Paradise Valley, Nevada.
Besides owning and managing his own cattle ranch, Stan operated a hay contracting business involving the entire family.
While living in Paradise Valley, Stan served as a volunteer fireman for 33 years. Father’s Day every year was spent cooking for the annual Paradise Valley Firemen’s Barbeque.
In 1995, he and Janice moved to Ennis, MT where he worked at Antler Designs and continued to return to Nevada during the summer for the hay season. He and Janice enjoyed traveling around Montana and to various other states delivering antler chandeliers.
In January 2022, he moved to the Madison Valley Manor. His favorite pastime at the Manor was walking the hallway loop. He walked an average of 300 miles a month.
Stan not only loved hunting, fishing, working his garden and being outdoors but also watching sports, especially the Chicago Cubs.
He killed his first deer at age 10 and proceeded to kill at least 1 deer every year for 81 consecutive years killing his last deer at age 91.
At 89, he shot a moose with 1 shot on opening day of the season. As he started to slow down, he enjoyed the birds and deer that visited their yard. He was a quiet guy with a large sense of humor.
His grandkids remember his funny little chants and poems he’d call out randomly.
He could tell a great story, and you’d almost believe it was real until he threw a wry but funny twist on the end
Stan’s parents, Red and Ruth, his children, Susie and Ken, and daughter-in-law Memi preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Janice; son, Stan (Martha) Klaumann of Ennis, MT; daughter, Tricia (Mark) Tookey of Parowan, UT; son-in-law Windy (Randi) Fretwell of Winnemucca, NV and his sister, Mary Ann Shannon, of Mesquite, NV.
He also has 9 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 7 step great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and 1 step great-great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends were always welcomed with open arms at Stan and Janice’s and often became family even if they weren’t related by blood.
Graveside services will be held October 1, 2022 at the cemetery in Paradise Valley, NV at 11 am followed by a lunch at the Fireman’s Park.
Pallbearers will be Jason Klaumann, Ken Klaumann, Jr., Daniel Halton, Trevor Mortenson, Glen Turner, and Mike Sweeney.
Honorary Pallbearers include Bob Buckingham and Tim Chabot.
Memorials can be made to Madison Valley Manor Auxiliary, P.O. Box 571, Ennis, MT 59729 to refurbish the central courtyard or to the Paradise Valley Fire Department, Paradise Valley, NV 89426.