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Column: A good friend gone, but not forgotten

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Yesterday, I deleted Stanley B.’s phone number from my cell phone.

I’ve deleted phone numbers before, but not for this reason. His brother called me two days ago and informed me that Stanley, at the age of 77, had passed away.

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Stanley and I have talked on the phone for the best part of 50 years.

We both grew up on farms not too far apart in rural northeastern Iowa, but even so, with him seven years older, we didn’t meet until I was just out of high school.

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