It is with loving hearts that we share the news that Stanley Herman Rothenberger, born Sept. 20, 1942, in Portland, Ore., passed away Jan. 7, 2019, in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, with his family at his side.
Stan spent his early years in northern California and Oregon. He graduated from Michigan State University in hotel and restaurant management. He and Bonnie lived on the east coast for several years before moving to Bismarck in 1973. As an entrepreneur, he and Bonnie ran a highly regarded catering business at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club in addition to operating several KFC restaurants and the ever-popular Big Boy in Bismarck and Mandan. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughter, Cathy; son-in-law, Windston Farquharson; and grandson Michael Farquharson, Portland, Ore.; son, Chris and partner, Lonnell Callum, Denver. He is also survived by his sister, Verlene Patton and her family of Canby, Ore.; and cousin, Gayle Thieman and her family of Washougal, Wash. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn; brother-in-law, Robert Rockstad; both parents Herman and Eudene; and stepfather, Clyde Guthrie.
Stan was engaged in a number of causes including the International KFC Board of Directors, the Masonic Lodge, the Salvation Army, Rotary Club, Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Ascension Parish, and numerous homeowner association boards. He was a leader to many. Stan had a passion for life and touched many lives throughout his active life and is recalled as larger than life by everyone who knew him. Beyond his love of sharing good food, he was a talented artist, avid fisherman, and world traveler. Making and sharing memories and experiences brought him great joy. His generosity of spirit is what those who knew him will vividly recall, and the advice and care to everyone in his extended family— far and wide, reaching global proportions, from his beloved Mexico to Ireland to Peru, because he never met a stranger. He has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered at sea. A celebration of life will be held at sunset Thursday, Jan. 10, in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, remembering Stan with the same measure of love and compassion that he gave us all. In lieu of any flowers or other recognition please consider contributing to the http://www.abusedadultresourcecenter.com/