Thief River Falls – Stanley Upham, 79 of Thief River Falls, died suddenly on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his loving family at his side.
A memorial service to celebrate Stan’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at Zion Lutheran Church. Visitation will also be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, March 17 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.
Stanley Dean Upham was born on July 17, 1936 in Mandan, N.D., the son of Floyd and Mary (Dahl) Upham. He was baptized on Nov. 14, 1947 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Shields, N.D., and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, N.D., on May 20, 1951.
Stanley attended Mandan High School graduating with the class of 1955. He graduated from Bismarck Junior College earning an Associate Degree and continued his education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
On May 6, 1960, Stan entered into service with the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged. On July 14, 1961, Stan was united in marriage to Janice Louise Swenson at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, N.D. The couple made their home in Bismarck for one year and then moved to Grand Forks where they resided until 1965 when they moved to Minneapolis.
Stan went to work as a mass marketing manager for Traveler’s Insurance for six years. Wanting to raise their family in a smaller community they moved to northern Minnesota. They settled in Thief River Falls in 1973, and Stan partnered with Norrie Thune to form the Thune-Upham Insurance Agency. They owned and operated the business until 1995 when Stan retired.
Stan was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls and had served on the church council. Stan was instrumental in starting the local Ducks Unlimited chapter and received many awards from Ducks Unlimited, including the Tommy Nelson and Jimmy Robinson Awards for his service to wildlife conservation. He was past president of the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce and served on various boards in the community. His woodworking shop, “The Cooler” at the hunting land, and Perch Lake were some of his favorite places to spend time.
Stan always had a passion for sports and participated in both high school and college athletics. He continued his love of sports watching his favorite teams on TV. He also loved to watch his boys and then his grandchildren participate in sports. Stan enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, playing cards and visiting with family & friends. Stan and Janice enjoyed many years traveling together abroad and throughout the United States.
Stan was a loving, caring family man who also cared deeply about the community. You always knew where you stood with Stan with his straightforward personality; however he loved to joke, laugh and “Give People the Business”
Stan’s legacy continues through his lifelong companion and wife of 54 years, Janice of Thief River Falls; son David and Bonnie Upham of East Grand Forks, and their children Jacob and Paige; son Danny and Kim Upham of Rice Lake, Wis., and their son Brice Turner of St. Cloud; and son Tom and Jess Upham of Bismarck, N.D., and their son Hunter. He is also survived by sister-in-law Shirley Upham of Mandan, N.D., and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Phyllis (Rod) Kupper, Lee (Betty) Upham, Shirley Kittler and Glen Upham.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.