Obituary - Stan Luellen

Billie Harris - Jan 15, 2009

This morning I read the obits in the Sacramento Bee and came across one for Stan Luellen.   I've met him before years ago and we discussed our Lewallen/Luellen ancestors but so help me, I can't recall where his family was from.   At any rate, here's his obit and if you look at it now, you'll find his photos.

April 2, 1932 to December 24, 2008

Stanley A. Luellen was born in Sacramento, Calif., on April 2, 1932 to Lillian and Allen Luellen. He was their middle child and only son. Stanley passed away on December 24, 2008 at his home in Wilton, Calif., surrounded with love from family and friends. He is survived by his wife and best friend of twenty three years, Cynthia, his son Thomas and daughter Bonnie from his first marriage to Caroline (Kitty), a granddaughter and great granddaughter. Following graduation from Sacramento High School, Stanley immediately joined the Marines and completed two tours of duty during the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart and membership in the Disabled American Veterans Sacramento Chapter #6, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and American Legion where he served as the Commander of Post 61. At the time of his passing he was actively involved in the American Legion Elk Grove-Laguna Post 233. Following his military service, Stan started his own business as a licensed contractor in floor covering. Upon his retirement at age 62, Stan turned the family-owned business over to his son, Tom, so he could make time to pursue other interests. Always busy, a virtual workaholic, Stan spent many years involved with the Sacramento Banjo Band, The Traditional Jazz Society, and the Jazz Jubilee. Stan loved to fly, owning his own Cessna, and was active with the Sacramento Valley Pilots Association, AOPA, EAA and the pilots at Rancho Murieta Airport. Stan will also be fondly remembered as a ''pack rat''. He loved collecting and bartering and frequented estate sales. He was always ready to ''make a trade''. Stanley was loved deeply and will be missed by many.

A memorial service and celebration of Stanley's life will be held February 6, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Veteran's Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, Calif. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony. On behalf of the family, just your presence, thoughts, or a good deed for another individual in Stanley's honor are the only donations that are requested in remembrance.

Billie Harris - Jan 15, 2009

His dad, Allen, may have been the one born 1905 and showing in 1930 in Whitfield, Georgia.