Stanley Hoover McIntire


Stanley Hoover McIntire


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Stanley McIntire died Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at his home following a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 76 years old.

Stanley was born on Christmas Day, 1934 at Thiel Hospital in Bertha, Minnesota to Joseph and Marian (Edes) McIntire, the third of their six children. He attended country school through fifth grade. He then attended school in Bertha where his classmate was Juanita Knedel. They graduated from Bertha High School in 1952 and were married in the Hewitt Methodist Church in 1956.

Stanley also attended Sidney High School in Sidney, Montana for two years, after working summers on the Thiessen ranch near Lambert, Montana and wheat harvests at the Ratzburg and McCracken ranches in Ledger, Montana and the Dougherty ranch in Connell, Washington. Stanley attended college at the Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho and the University of Minnesota. He entered Navy flight training and earned his wings of gold at Corpus Christi, Texas in 1956. He later attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1971.

In the Navy, Stanley was a fighter pilot and flew F-3H Demons in two Far East tours on the Shangri-La with the VF-114, making many day and night carrier landings. After leaving the Navy, he was an experimental test pilot for McDonnell-Douglas logging over 2000 hours in F-4 Phantoms, and he was the 13th pilot to fly the F-15 Eagle.

After he retired as a pilot, Stanley followed a life long dream to move back to the Big Sky Country. He joined Piper Jaffray & Hopwood as an investment advisor and was in the Billings office for over 25 years.

Throughout his life, Stanley loved to hunt and ski, and he was able to go to Red Lodge one last time in 2011. He helped establish St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Florissant, Missouri and Hope United Methodist Church in Billings Heights and devoted many hours to church work.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Charles and Robert and sister Vera Reynolds, a niece Angela McIntire and beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.” He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Juanita, daughters Lisa and Rhoda, sister Jeanne, brother Allen, cousins, nieces, nephews and further extended family.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Hope United Methodist Church in Billings Heights. Military honors and a reception will follow the service. Private Burial will take place. The casket will be closed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hope United Methodist Church, the Billings Food Bank or to the charity of your choice.


Memories of Stan

Almost farther back than I can remember, Stan came to Montana to spend the summer with his uncle by marriage, Pete Thiessen, who was my uncle also. The friendship that began that summer has flourished through the years. Even when the distances became great, the friendship stayed strong. Stan has been a leader to me in several ways. I dreamed about flying, Stan joined the Navy and went flying. Quite a bit later I did get my pilots license. At one point I thought about challenging him to a race. But realizing that my prop job was no match for his jet, I trashed that idea. Before he became a pilot, Stan tried to fly his Oldsmobile along the highways. He was the first of my friends to warn me about the Speed Trap at Becker, MN. Stan agreed to be the Best Man at my (our) Wedding. He must have had the right ring because we are still hitched. I wish Stan had written a book about his flying experiences. I would like to know more about a tense flight patrol over the Straits of Formosa and the challenge of night carrier landings in rough seas I’ve been thrilled to hear some of the experiences he had as Developmental Test Pilot for the F15. Each test flight pushed the experience envelope a little farther where no one had ever been before. When he was selected to fly one to Japan and train the Japanese pilots in flying this fighter, I confess I was just a little bit envious. I don’t know very many stories about the Japan experiences, but there was something about a “startling experience” for Lisa and Rhoda at the farewell dinner given in Stan’s honor. It was a special treat for me to meet Stan and several of his Navy pilot friends at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI a few years back. Genuine flying heroes all. Now Stan is leading the way (for me) to heaven. I’ve been wondering if there will be airplanes in heaven. I’m sure Stan has already checked that out. I am looking forward to continuing my friendship with Stan when my turn to leave this earth comes to pass. Since none of us know when our day is coming it is important to be sure now that our names are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life”. Stan, I love you. I love your wife and daughters also. May God’s Comfort overwhelm us all!

Your friend and flying buddy, David H Thiessen


Stan set the standard for integrity and honesty as a financial consultant and was an excellent role model for many of us as we started in the business. His door was always open and his wisdom and advice were sought after by many of us. His humility and gentle spirit will be missed, and I am proud to say I consider him one of the finest mentors I could have possibly hoped to have learned under.

Todd Preston, CWS®

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