Stanley P. Thatcher, 85, of Appleton, passed away peacefully June 4, 2012 at home with his wife Phyllis by his side. He was born May 11, 1927 in Danbury, WI, son of the late Paul and Kathryn Thatcher.
Stan enlisted in the Navy in 1945, and on the same night of his graduation from Waupaca High School, he left for duty. He served part of his time stationed in China. He married Phyllis Peterson on August 22, 1948 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Waupaca. He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was called back into the service for the Korean War in 1951. Stan and his wife then settled in Appleton in 1953. He worked as an electrical draftsman at Miller Electric for 30 years. After he retired he kept in touch with other retirees on the golf course. He was a loyal 50 year member of the Konemic Lodge 47 I. O.O.F. He also enjoyed bowling on the Odd Fellow bowling league. Stan is survived by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis; three children, Steven (Jyneen), Minnesota, Darrell (Brenda), Weyauwega, and Linda (Ron) Massey, Hilbert; granddaughter Melissa (Antony) Volpe, Appleton; two sisters Lorraine (Don) Bentz, La Crosse, and Janet Daniels, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Peterson, Waupaca, and Irene Thatcher, Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother Rodger Thatcher; and sister, Mary Schultz. Funeral service for Stan was held Saturday June 9, 2012 at Fox Valley Christian Fellowship, Kimberly; with Rev. Steve Nickel officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Appleton, with full military honors. "I love you Stan. We met when I was 16 and you were 19, and we married when I was 18 and you were 21. Our parents thought we were too young, but we proved them wrong. You have taken great care of me and our family for 64 years. My world will never be the same without you. You had great faith, but said you didn't know for sure-well now you know what the end is. Wait for me on the other side, we'll be together again!" 2 Corinthians 5:2- "For we walk by faith and not by sight."1 Corinthians 13:12 - "Now we see Him through a glass darkly, but then face to face." Love, Phyllis. Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St., Appleton