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The Rev. Stanley H. Gregory died peacefully in Green Valley, Ariz., on July 25, 2013. He was born in Johnson City, N.Y., on Aug. 3, 1917, the son of Stanley B. Gregory and Lula M. Adelman Gregory. They preceded him in death, as did his brothers Clinton and Charles. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 57 years, Martha E. Welliver Gregory, whom he married on Aug. 4, 1937. His second wife, Elizabeth Horn Gregory, also predeceased Stanley, as did his son-in-law, Dale Dickson.
Stanley Gregory was a minister all of his adult life, first as a pastor in the American Baptist Church, then as a chaplain in the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theater in World War II, in the Korean Conflict, and during peacetime before entering the Army Reserves. He retired as a Lt. Col. after 32 years of service. He spent 54 years as a priest in the Episcopal Church, serving parishes in Kansas, Wisconsin and Arizona. He was the Rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Wausau, Wis., for 17 years. That parish recently honored him by naming him Rector Emeritus. He served as Acting Rector of St. Francis-in-the-Valley in Green Valley, Ariz. One of his major concerns during his years in the ministry, both in the military and as a civilian, was advocating for racial equality.
Stan Gregory will be remembered by his friends and family as a gentle man who enjoyed time spent in the out of doors, doing small carpentry projects and sharing jokes. He was ready to go on a picnic up to the day he died.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Pryor Gregory; his daughters Anna May Dickson and Victoria J. (Maurice) Ash, as well as his brother, Walter Gregory. He is fondly remembered and loved by his four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Sept. 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley, Ariz. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Francis or to St. John's in Wausau, Wis.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Sept. 22, 2013