The family of Rev. Joseph Stanley regrets to announce his passing on Dec. 7, 2019. Joe grew up in the depression in New Jersey. He joined the army at 18, and left after two years when World War II ended. He was living at the YMCA when he met his wife, Myrna, and often spoke about how much the Y had affected his life. He earned a BA at Tusculum, and went to seminary at McCormick in Chicago. He became a Presbyterian minister, serving at churches in Michigan, New York, Indiana, and at Pioneer Presbyterian in Marinette. He also served as a Christian activities director for the U.S. military in Seoul, Korea. He loved sports and stayed active well into his later years. He was an avid Packers fan, and rarely missed a game. He also wrote poetry and was a decent artist. He was an accomplished whistler, occasionally performing that art for special music. He always considered himself the luckiest guy alive to have married his wife, Myrna.
Joe is survived by four children and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrna; and his daughter, Katha.
Joe and Myrna’s ashes were laid to rest in a private ceremony at a family plot in Fairbank, Iowa.