Stan was born in Riverbank, California, on November 18th, 1914, to Thomas and Christine Loughlin. He passed away on February 2, 2012, following a brief illness. He was 97 years old.
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After completing high school in 1933, Stan joined the Navy and also married his high school sweetheart, Margaret "Peg" McCarthy. Stan (and Peg) were stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1940 & 1941 where their 2 sons, P. Michael Loughlin and R.D. Beau Loughlin were born.
Stan was an Aviation Mechanic and he and his family lived on the Navy Base on Ford Island during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th, 1941. Stan was recently featured as a "Pearl Harbor Survivor" in the Skagit Valley Herald and on King 5 News in December 2010.
During WWII, Stan spent hundreds of hours in PBY aircraft as a Flight Engineer. From 1942-1945 his squadrons would be sent to Iceland, London, Wales, & France, Portugal, French Morroco as well as patrolling the Straits of Gibralter and many other places far from home. Stan and men like him were later referred to as "The Greatest Generation" because they made enormous sacrifices for their country during that time.
After retiring from the Navy, Stan worked as a Civil Service Representative for the Naval Air Systems Command with an office at Whidbey Naval Air Station. He was a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington, for 39 years before moving to the Creekside Retirement community in Burlington nearly 10 years ago.
After the death of his wife, Peg, Stan later married Vivian (Gowler) Loughlin and they were married for 43 years. They enjoyed their life together and retirement, with traveling, fishing, golf, friends and family gatherings. Vivian preceded him in death in 2008.
Stan is survived by his 4 sons & their wives: Mike & Kris Loughlin, Beau & Linda Loughlin; and, Carl & Marsha Gowler and Terry & Patty Gowler. Stan leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Kelly Chehock, Erinn Rominger, Ryan & Neal Gowler and Beau Loughlin; also, his delightful great-grandchildren: Allison & Abigail Rominger, Cash & Cole Loughlin & Petula & Ramsey Gowler. Many nephews and nieces are remembered as well.
Stan had been a resident at Creekside Retirement Center in Burlington, WA, and delighted in the friendships he made there and loved the staff for their care, kindness & attention they paid to him. We are grateful to that entire community as they enriched his life in his last decade.
An Irish Wake and family gathering was held February 4, at Max Dales to honor his life and to share stories about the many facets of how we each knew him and to talk about "a life well lived".
Per Stan's request, a military, Burial At Sea will be conducted at a later date; and, no further services will be held.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Feb. 14, 2012