Stanley, Glenn Vernon
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Glenn Vernon Stanley Jr., 88, passed peacefully from this life on January 1, 2013, uplifted by the enduring love of his wife and six children. Born in Mitchell, SD, to Salome Alice Peffley and Glenn Vernon Stanley, Sr. Glenn moved to Arizona at age 2 and graduated from Peoria High, where he met his future wife of 65 years, Diana Warford. He served in the Army Air Corps and in Gen. Patton's Third Army during World War II. He was reticent about his war experiences, but carried an unflagging pride in the U.S. Army, especially after son Greg graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1976. Glenn graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Arizona in 1951, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He retired in 1986 from his only employer, Arizona Public Service, after 35 years. He served on the Phoenix Elementary School Board, the Arizona School Board Association Insurance Trust, the University of Arizona Phoenix Alumni Board and was an active member of Sky Harbor Kiwanis and First Christian Church of Phoenix. In Tucson, he was an elder of Saguaro Christian Church and a member of Rincon Kiwanis. Shortly after retirement Glenn and Diana moved to Tucson and lived in the heart of the Catalina Foothills where they enjoyed enviable sunsets, a perfect view of "A Mountain," and a much shorter commute to Wildcat basketball, football and baseball games until a need to be closer to family prompted a return to Phoenix. During these years they also enjoyed summers in a cabin in the White Mountain Summer Homes where Glenn built many points of pride in his garage workshop and mastered bridge-playing skills. Glenn is survived by his wife Diana, children Cathy Boyd (Robert), Phoenix; Barbara DeMichele (Mark), Coronado, CA; Greg (Patti), Casa Grande; Liz Meyers (Bill), Phoenix; Sara Fleury (Charles), Phoenix; Mark (Jodi), Phoenix; 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Glenn V. Stanley III, and his sister Lois Godshall. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Phoenix on Sunday, January 6th, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of Arizona Foundation (PO Box 210109, Tucson, 85721) or the Banner Alzheimer's Foundation (2025 N. 3rd St., #250, Phoenix 85004).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 4, 2013