Stanley (Stan) Dean Thomison, surrounded by loved ones went home to be with the Lord, October 20, 2018. He was born on September 19, 1949 in Lander, Wyoming to Dean and Shirley Thomison. He attended school in California and Colorado, graduating from Greeley Central High School in Greeley, Colorado in 1967. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in the fall of 1967, proudly served in Vietnam with Echo Company 3rd Recon Battalion 3rd Marine Division, and was decorated with both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He discharged at the rank of Corporal. After returning home, Stan enrolled in the Police Academy, graduating in 1976. From his graduation in Aurora, Colorado he held a long and illustrious career in law enforcement, including SWAT, Vice Division Organized Crime, and finally retired from insurance fraud and private investigation in 2002. Stan’s pursuit of one of his favorite hobbies led him to luthier school in Maine in 2005, and in 2006 he and wife Ronda returned to Branson, Missouri to live out their retirement.
Stan was an avid fly fisherman and loved to spend time with his fishing buddies catching Brown in the Trophy Waters inside Pointe Royale. He was the number one fan of each of his grand and great-grandchildren. He loved being Papa and spending time with them boating, fishing, or watching movies. He loved all music, especially acoustic guitar; and he also enjoyed playing golf with his Wednesday league. He enjoyed the West and Western movies, and was an accomplished armchair politician. More than this, however, he loved spending time with his beloved wife and family. He was a devoted husband, brother, wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Stan’s pledge to his Marine motto Improvise, Adapt, Overcome along with his wit and humor helped him warrior through the last two and a half years of his life. Semper Fidelis
Stan is survived by Ronda Thomison, his wife of thirty years; children Julia Burris, of Bartlesville; Elizabeth and Bobby Meyers, of Amarillo; Rebecca and Ed Kuehn, of White Deer, TX; and Kelly Askins, of Amarillo, TX; Kenneth and Julie Argo, of Bartlesville, OK; and Karla and Walter Hall, of Branson, MO. He is survived by grandchildren Britton and Jen, Molly, and Kolton Tarango; Harley and Russell Myers; Warren Eric, Riley, and Aspen Kuehn; Isaiah Askins; Matthew, Andrew, Elise, Noah, and Patrick Argo; Nolan and Alivia Hall; and great-grandchildren Liam and Gavin Tarango. He is also survived by siblings Nancy and Robert Berlin of Springfield, MO, Cressi and John Davidson of Fordland, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
A celebration of Stan’s life will be held in the Grand Regal Room of Pointe Royale’s Clubhouse, 142 Clubhouse Drive in Branson at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 2, 2018. The celebration will include full military honors.