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From: The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



Stanley Phillip Pitt



Stanley "Stan" Phillip Pitt, of Chippewa Falls, WI, who embraced life with dedication, service, and a quick wit that endeared him to all who knew him. Stan, age 82, departed this world to join his beloved wife, Karen, on Sunday, December 17, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on January 6, 1941, to Robert and Laura (Russell) Pitt, Stan was a proud graduate of Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. At the age of 18, he embarked on a courageous journey, enlisting in the US Navy and dedicating himself to the defense of his country. On July 23, 1961, he united in matrimony with his high school sweetheart, Karen Cornell. Their enduring love story spanned 52 years until Karen's passing in 2013.

Stan served honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War until 1968, after which he transitioned to a new chapter of service with the Wisconsin State Patrol (17th Recruit Class). Stan achieved the rank of Sergeant, concluding his 25-year career in 1993. Stan's commitment extended beyond his military and law enforcement service; he later owned and operated Queen's Plaza Quick Wash in Eau Claire until Karen retired.

Together, Stan and Karen enjoyed winters in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. They enjoyed curling at the Eau Claire Curling Club, and they created many cherished family memories with families and friends while boating on the Mississippi River and in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Stan's quick wit and dry sense of humor brightened the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Throughout his lifetime, Stan cultivated an array of interests, including duck hunting, bird hunting, deer hunting, "tinkering" in his garage, and fishing. Stan cherished moments spent with his children and grandchildren fishing on various Wisconsin Lakes, the Great Alma Fishing Float, and deep sea fishing trips in Florida.

Stan was also a dedicated member of several organizations, including the Moose Lodge #1408, the Knights Club (4th Degree), The United States Power Squadron, the State Patrol Alumni Association, and the Optimist Club. Stan's legacy of community involvement stands as a testament to his generous spirit.

Stan is survived by his son, David Pitt of Chippewa Falls, WI; his daughter, Mechele (Tom) Shipman; Godson, James (Terri) Larson of LaCrosse, WI; Goddaughter, Mary (Cornell) Woodworth; his sibling Jeanine Pitt; his beloved dog Rosey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Laura, his sister Jeanetta Pitt, and his beloved wife, Karen.

A celebration of Stan's life will be held at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, in Altoona, WI, on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 1:00 p.m., with Father Greg Bohren officiating. Visitation will precede the service, starting at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of love, comfort, and support from friends and family during this difficult time.