Published in The Montana Standard on 7/24/2008
Longtime Butte resident, Stanley B. Mayra, died peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, June, on Monday, July 21, 2008.
Stan and June were married for 62 years and had recently moved to Billings to be closer to their daughter, Kathy.
Stan was born in 1923 in the small Finnish community of Mass, Mich. After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. With the encouragement of friends during basic training, he found himself on a train to Butte to attend the Navy V12 officer-training program based at Montana Tech. Prior to shipping out for a two-year tour in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Stan became engaged to June Kukalj and established his reputation as a top hitter and player in the Butte Copper League.
After his naval service, he returned to Butte to marry his sweetheart, raise a family and continue his life-long dream to play professional baseball.
Stan traveled solo to play in the California State League in the Chicago Cub farm system. However, being away from his young family proved to be too difficult. He returned to Butte for full-time employment and to continue his love of baseball in the Butte Copper League.
Stan was employed as a salesman and service technician at Radio Engineering and Service in 1955. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting the colorful and friendly members of the Butte community on his service calls and on the sales floor. He always sought out opportunities to speak Finn with his customers. Through his sports, work life and volunteer activities, he touched many people's lives and treasured each relationship. Stan often remarked, "There are no people like Butte people." Stan and June took ownership of Radio Engineering in the late 1970s and retired in 1989. Their retirement was spent helping and supporting family, friends and neighbors, golfing, bowling, dancing the Polka and Schottisch at the Elks Club, and volunteering for the Our Lady of the Rockies Foundation.
Stan will be remembered and cherished for his love of family and friends, his special devotion to June, his willingness to help others, his delightful sense of humor, his kind and caring nature, and his ever-optimistic attitude.
Stan leaves behind his bride of 62 years June; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Morris Hall; son and daughter-in-law, Stan and Anna Mayra of Anchorage; grandchildren, Michael Mayra, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Jenna Mayra, Anchorage, Alaska, Kriestin and Paul Kleinschmidt, North Carolina, and Kalyn Olzack, Virginia; nephews, James Kennedy, Butte, and John Morgenstern, Las Vegas.
Cremation has taken place in Billings.
Liturgy of the Resurrection will celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Ann's Catholic Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 9 a.m.
Memorials: Our Lady of the Rockies or Big Sky Hospice in Billings.