Stanley Jay Gunther, of Great Falls, passed away at his home on April 8, 2021 at age 87. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 16th at 10:00 AM in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home.
Stan was born in Choteau, MT on November 18, 1933, the first son of George Jefferson Gunther and Lena Maria Mozer. He attended Choteau schools, played football in high school and worked in the summer for local farmers. After graduation he moved to Great Falls where he worked for General Mills. In 1953 he entered the U.S. Army. After training he was sent to Korea and served as a Signal Message Clerk. While in Korea he earned a National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. Stanley said the training he received from his Choteau High School football coach helped him to be tough and succeed in the Army.
After his military service Stanley went to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He worked for a pharmaceutical company and a wholesale carpet company. In 1975 he married Phyllis Hansen Hall. Phyllis and Stanley had been high school sweethearts in 1952. After 23 years they found each other.
Stanley, Phyllis and son, George moved back to Choteau in 1977 to help Stanley’s mother and Phyllis’ parents in their old age. They operated the Glenloyd Hotel and Choteau Car Wash for eight years. In 1985 they moved to Great Falls, where they purchased the Yogo Sapphire Jewelry store that they operated until 2019 when they retired.
Stanley is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Edward Hall, Alan Hall, Diane Hall Hanson and George Gunther along with eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Stanley will be remembered for his good heart and very unique sense of humor.
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