Stanley Joseph Ziebron
Passed away peacefully at age 94 in Hollister, California, on January 27, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born on November, 2, 1919, to Stanley Ziobron and Otilia Konkal, in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest of five brothers and sisters, Leonard (deceased), Joseph, Dolores, and Bernadine. Adored husband of the late Jean Estelle Ziebron, to whom he was married for 67 years until her passing in 2010. Most respected and beloved father of Michael (Barbara) and Bill (Karen) Ziebron, grandfather of Elizabeth Johnson (Pat), Melissa Buckley (Joe), Joseph Ziebron and Daniel Ziebron, and great grandfather of Maeve Buckley.
A son of the Great Depression, Stanley learned the value of hard work and devotion to family and friends at a young age. Due to an injury to his father, Stan left high school in the 1930's to work and help support his family. He proudly served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Prior to the war, he met and fell in love with Jean Campbell, marrying her in 1943. Stan was a visionary, and together Stan and Jean realized their dream of moving to California in 1962.
Stan began his career as a tool-and-die maker in Detroit, and worked at Stanford University for many years, teaching machining to graduate students and managing the machine shop of the Materials Science Department. He had opportunities to join some of the early leaders of Silicon Valley at Intel and Failure Analysis, but preferred to stay with his passion of guiding students in the practical application of metallurgy. An ardent supporter of his sons' academic and athletic pursuits, he encouraged their pursuit of higher education and attended all of their games through high school. He also instilled a passion for his favorite teams, and together they shared a love of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, and San Francisco 49ers and Giants.
Stanley was a true "man's man", respected by all whose lives he touched. A great listener with a subtle sense of humor, he had a caring and empathetic attitude towards people, with a concern for the underdog. He lived according to his principles and led by example. An avid reader, he enjoyed discussing history, politics, sports, and science. He also loved working on projects at home, applying his craftsman skills to Jean's remodeling ideas for their Menlo Park home and the historical landmark home they owned in Carson City in later years.
Stanley set a wonderful example for all of us, demonstrating enduring patience, generosity, kindness, intelligence and pragmatism, and maintained a twinkle in his eye to the end. We are blessed to have had Stanley in our lives.
Funeral services will be on Feb. 15 at 12 noon at Immaculate Conception Church in Tres Pinos, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Stan's honor to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in care of the Grunnagle Funeral Home 870 San Benito St., Hollister, CA 95023
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