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Stanley Vitez Jr.

September 6, 1946 — October 9, 2023

Stan Vitez, 77, Bismarck, passed away on October 9, 2023.

A service livestream will be available at the following link:

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00AM, Friday, October 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 N. 4th St., Bismarck.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00PM, Thursday, October 12 with a prayer service starting at 7:00PM at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.

Stan was born in Aliquippa, PA, 1946. He grew up in a steel town until he graduated high school and enlisted in the Air Force in 1965. He was stationed in Guam during the TET Offensive of 1968, building and loading bombs. After that tour, Stan was stationed in Rapid City, SD at Ellsworth AFB where he worked on nuclear missile sites until he finished out his service. During this time, he met Margaret Eszlinger from Ashley, ND. They got married in 1968 and soon after, Clint and Jill were born.

In 1982, the family moved to Bismarck where Stan became an agent for Barber Transport. He ran the successful business until 1997 when the company was sold. After, he worked for Dakota Cartage in Sioux Falls as the Terminal Manager until they sold. Stan and Margaret moved to Bismarck and where Stan took a job with Amcon Distributing as a warehouse and transportation manager where he remained until his retirement in 2016.

After retiring he started at Diamond T Hot Rod. Spending countless hours sanding, cutting and fitting his passion, The Diamond T. He loved woodworking and just honing his vision of the ideal hot rod.

Stan drove the Hot Rod all the time. His hard work spent sculpting art on wheels didn’t go unnoticed, winning him a few awards of which he was very proud.

Ultimately, Stan’s world revolved around family: grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his children. He loved his family and taking naps with his great-grandchildren.

Stan will live on through his loved ones left behind, wife, Margaret; son, Clint (Sherri); grandchildren, Steph (Jake) and Madi (Seth); daughter, Jill, granddaughter, Samantha (Kelly); great-granddaughter, Andi; grandson, Dillon (Kerri); great-granddaughter, Grace and beloved brother, Don Vitez.

Stan was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Helen Vitez, uncle, Dan Dojinovich, father and mother-in-law, Fred and Edna Eszlinger; nephew, Kurt Eszlinger, and brothers-in-law, Bruce Dickinson and Tom Klipfel.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, October 12, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Parkway Funeral and Cremation Service

2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND 58503

A prayer service will begin at 7:00PM.

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Celebration of Life

Friday, October 13, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Trinity Lutheran Church

502 N 4th St, Bismarck, ND 58501


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