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Stanley A. VanCour

March 22, 2019
Lake Placid News

Stanley VanCour, 89, of Lake Placid, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Stan was the son of Joseph and Rose VanCour. He was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Saranac Lake and raised on the family farm known as Mountain View Farm. He was one of eight children. Memories of family life as a farm boy always remained close to his heart.

Stan joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from the Saranac Lake High School. He was eager to enlist, but graduating at 16 years old meant he had to wait to be of age to serve his country. Stan turned out to be a veteran of the Korean War. On Sept. 15, 1950, he was a crucial part of the Inchon Invasion which led to the recapture of the South Korean capital of Seoul. Being a quiet man, he never shared his experiences of "The Forgotten War" until going on his Honor Flight on Sept. 10, 2016.

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The North Country Honor Flight provided him the opportunity to be with fellow veterans, see the memorials in Washington D.C. and to hear the words, "thank you." He said, "It was the best day of my life." The Honor Flight opened the door for Stan to tell his story. His family will always be grateful.

After completing his time in the Navy, he returned home to marry Millicent Bannerman. He always knew he would marry Millie after meeting her. While he was in the service, they were avid pen pals. Stan and Millie were married on April 19, 1952. They enjoyed almost 67 happy years together.

Stanley was the father of two children, Andrew and Shelley.

He was a kind, loving husband and father. He was always there for his children providing guidance and support no matter how many times they may have stumbled in life.

Stan held several jobs during his lifetime. He worked for The Country Cousin Greeting Card Company, where he did silk screening for producing the cards. He was a longtime property caretaker for several properties in Lake Placid. Primarily, he was employed as a clerk by the U.S. Postal Service in Lake Placid. After retiring from the post office, he was employed by the village of Lake Placid, working in the village parking lot selling tickets for parking and greeting visitors to the area.

Stan is survived by his wife, Millie; his daughter, Shelley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Andrew; his son-in-law, Leon Lamoy; his parents; his brothers, Ralph VanCour, Ernest VanCour, Bernard VanCour, Edmund VanCour, Thomas VanCour and Ronald VanCour; and his sister, Grace VanCour Douglas.

Stan truly lived his life by his beliefs which were to be forgiving, never judge others and to be honest. He will be remembered as being a humble and gentle man. He loved God, his family and his country.

Funeral arrangements are in care of M. B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid. The Rev. John Yonkovig will officiate.

The family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake. Their wonderful care provided comfort not only for Stan but also to his family. Thank you.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to North Country Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2644, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, or leave condolences on the funeral home's website at



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