Stanley William Kazen passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Arlington, Wash. He was born on June 17, 1923 in Arlington to Herman and Cora Kazen.
He attended school in Arlington, Marysville and Snohomish.
Stanley served in World War II after enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. His assignment was with the USS Ammen, where he took part in invasions of the Aleutians, South Pacific, Western Pacific and Okinawa.
The Ammen received eight Battle Stars, including the Victory Medal for the Philippine Campaign-Asiatic Pacific America Theatre, and the Navy Unit Commendation for the Okinawa Campaign.
He also served on the Whitehurst and returned home on the Hornet.
When he returned from the service he married Lorraine Meyer, and they raised three children in Arlington.
He worked for Arlington Sand and Gravel before starting the partnership of Stanwood Redi-Mix in Silvana. He went on to start Gateway Precast in Sedro Woolley, and returned to Arlington to start Smokey Point Concrete, retiring in 1981 at the age of 58.
In retirement he and his wife Vivian spent many years traveling abroad and in the United States, either on their Harley, Gold Wing or motorhome. They became snowbirds and enjoyed several years in Apache Junction, Ariz.
Stanley was preceded in death by his mother and father Cora and Herman Kazen; brothers Bud and Vern Kazen; wife Vivian Kazen; and stepchildren Terry and Warren Roberson.
He is survived by daughter Kathy (Brad) Peek of Marysville; sons Rick (Anne) Kazen and Ron (Denise) Kazen, both of Arlington; grandchildren Jason, Kris, Amy and Kelsy; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Stanley will be held at the Medallion Hotel in the Bake Room, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd, Arlington, on July 9, 2016 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.