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Richard L. Stansell

1935 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Richard L. Stansell Obituary
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Richard L. Stansell passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Carmel Hills in Independence, Mo.

Richard was born March 2, 1935, in Centralia, Kan., to James M. Stansell and Hulda E. Stansell (nee Erickson). Richard grew up in Nemaha County, Kan. His family moved to Seneca, Kan., where he graduated from Seneca High School in 1953.

Richard came to Kansas City, Mo., the day after he graduated high school to make his fortune in the big city. He had joined the Kansas National Guard at 17, and had attended training camps yearly. He was called to active duty in 1955. Richard was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Ft. Dix, N.J., Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Ft. Greeley, Alaska. His longest duty station was at Ft. Greeley through 1956 and '57. He served on the Arctic Test Board during development of the Extreme Cold Weather Systems, testing equipment, weapons, vehicles, and clothing, including the "Mickey Mouse" bunny boot, now a staple of Alaska bush life. He drove trucks and was a howitzer operator. He was proud of his service as an Alaska "pioneer" in territorial days.

Richard lived and worked in Denver, Colo., after honorable discharge, with his sister and her husband, Marlys and Lambert Boeding. Richard returned to Kansas City in 1958. During his early years he worked at General Motors Aviation, Sheffield Steel, P.I.E., Braniff, and drove cab and dump truck. He was hired by Bendix in 1959 and began a 40 year career as a machinist and precision tool inspector. He worked through all of the A.E.C. contractors: Bendix, Allied, Allied Signal, and Honeywell. He retired from the plant in 2000.

Richard married Frances (Carrie) C. Shinn in 1959. He built his home in Independence in 1965. They had 3 children: Richard II, Lucinda, and Walter. They divorced in 1973. His last wife, Patricia (Pat) A. Stansell (nee Corson), and Richard were married 22 years. They made their home in Sugar Creek for many years. They were active in many Shrine activities: Transporting children to the hospital in St. Louis, steak and fish fries, Shrine Patrol, Sandbuggies, many Shrine clubs, and appearing as Santa and Mrs. Claus for disabled children, private appearances, and at the temple party.

Richard was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Independence Lodge 76, the Scottish Rite, and Ararat Shrine, serving as Potentate's Aide in 1995, '97 and '98. He was past president of the Jackson County Shrine Club. He was a member of the I.A. of M. Lodge 314. He was a member of American Legion Post 21. He had been active in Scouting, serving as a neighborhood commissioner and was an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He enjoyed traveling, motorcycling, dancing, listening to music, cooking outdoors, and woodworking.

Richard was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He had multiple surgeries and treatments and was in remission. He struggled the last 7 years of his life with neurological problems due to encephalitis and traumatic brain injuries. The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice and Carmel Hills for their help at the end of his life.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister, Velma Hulsing and husband, Celestine (Sally) Hulsing of Kelly, Kan., sister, Marlys Boeding and husband, Lambert Boeding, of Corning, Kan., brother, Vincent Stansell of Dell Rapids, S.D., and brother James Stansell of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Richard is survived by his sons, Richard L. Stansell, II (Linda) of Independence, and Walter L. Stansell (Judy) of Blue Springs; and daughter, Lucinda (James) of Higginsville; grandchildren, Rick Farmer, Robert Stansell, Nicholas Stansell, Margaret Stansell, Grace Stansell, Gabrielle Stansell, Connor Gibson, Seanna Allen, Andrew Haston, Clifton (Danny) Haston, Victoria (ToryBeth) Haston, Rosemary Haston, and Katherine (Katie) Haston; great-grandchild, Emmaleigh Haston; sisters-in-law, Helen Stansell of Sioux City, Iowa, and Edie Boadwine of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Mo., 816-942-2004. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the funeral home.

The family requests donations are made to Ararat Temple for Telemed services in lieu of flowers.
Published in The Examiner on Mar. 15, 2014
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