Tributes to Stan Gober Readers share their memories of Goodland icon

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Stan is a Goodland, Fla icon. Stan put Goodland on the world map. God Bless you Stan and thanks for all the fun and great times at Stan's Idle Hour. You will always be loved — remembered but always missed.

-- Joey Dixon

Stan was a giver for the 20 years I knew him. What many people do not know was that Stan was a charter member of the Marco Island Moose Lodge who have dedicated much time and money to Marco Island and to those who need help.

-- Richard Heavner

I met Stan 20 years ago at his Sunday bash. He always remembered me. I live in Boston but have vacationed two weeks in Marco for over 20 years. I recommended Stan's to everyone and shared a table with many of my friends from the area in Goodland on Sunday afternoons. On the stage dancing with Stan, my girlfriend and I were privileged when Stan signed our tank tops. Not the back but the front! We were a big hit at the Old Marco Lodge for dinner later that afternoon showing the whole restaurant our autographs from Stan. The fact of the matter was we were like giddy school girls but were truly in our fifties and so proud to have the autograph of a true celebrity. I will miss Stan. He was a kind and grand person. God bless you Stan! May you rest in peace.

-- Marsha

I worked for Stan in high school & have had countless great times at Stan's I currently live in SW Nebraska and I'm grateful that my wife & kids got to meet the man, the legend, three years ago on a trip back to Florida.

-- Joe Fasso III

I can recall that once a high profile entourage of finely cultured Naples women came down to visit with Stan regarding hosting their upcoming charity event. Upon viewing Stans down home southern-style Florida restaurant the ladies declined Stan's invitation to hold it there at no charge "as long as it's for the kids", said Stan. The ladies were then revolted at how high the upper crust hotel resorts in Naples were going to charge the group for hosting their event. The ladies returned to Stan sheepishly, and asked "Stan does the offer still stand..?" Any other business owner would have said no. But not Stan Gober. Stan said "the offer still stands, and let's raise some money to send a bunch of sick kids on a trip".

The fundraiser set a record for money donated, most of it from hardworking patrons of Stan's. That was the generous heart of Stan Gober.

God bless you Stan, and thanks for the lessons on life that you have taught us each day.

"We've gotta all try to help one another" was a frequent statement from him.

-- Daniel Maye, Goodland

Stan was always an Alabama fan and I am a father of two Auburn grads which led to a lot of fun between us when we would cross paths on our golf carts in Goodland. I would yell 'War Eagle' for Auburn and he would say that's enough of that and 'Roll Tide'. He always had a wave and a smile as we would pass on golf carts, going to get the mail or just heading to his place for a beer at night. We will miss him.

-- Mark and Gayle Godsey, Goodland

As a former Goodlander I spent an occasional Sunday at Stan's with friends having a drink and enjoying the music and party atmosphere. My fondest memory of Stan as a person is the Sunday he allowed my then 16-year-old son Rick to keep the proceeds from one of the songs played to help fund his trip to Washington D.C. to attend a JR League conference. The entire community came together to fund this trip for my son including The Little Bar, and the Goodland Motel. Stan will be missed and it's sad to have another Goodland "icon" gone (but I bet he's partying in heaven with those who have gone before him). Rest in peace Betty Bruno, Dave Clark, Debbie and Jim, Blanche, Wrong Way Ron and too many others to mention. You are all missed and were loved by many.

-- Kim Luebke

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