Gerald Edwin Stanton

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Gerald Edwin Stanton
June 23, 1924 - June 28, 1012
Gerald Edwin Stanton, 88, passed away peacefully in his home in San Bernardino, California, on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Gerald, or "Gerry" as he was known, was born in South Gate, California to Ulah and Leah Stanton. He is preceded in death by his parents and Mother-in-law, Bessie Lane, brother LeRoy Stanton, and sisters Mildred Haggard, and Betty Wright. Gerry married L. Marcelline (Marcey) Lane. Together they raised 4 children. Surviving Gerry are his wife Marcey, son Ronald Stanton, daughters Marlisa Stanton, Marlinda (Linda) Bradley, Marleah Moore, and son-in-laws W. C. Bradley and Darrin Moore all of the Inland Empire. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Andrew Stanton, Bryce Koleszar and his wife Kayla Koleszar, Haley Koleszar, Amanda Moore, Taylor Moore, Cameron Moore, and 1 great-grandson Landon Koleszar, all residing in the Inland Empire. Gerry grew up in Colton and San Bernardino and graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1942. On February 24, 1943, at the age of 18, he was inducted into the Army, and began serving in World War II as part of this country's greatest generation. He served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division and saw action with that unit during the Battle of the Bulge and the subsequent allied push through Belgium and the Rhineland. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received during his service. As he and Marcey raised their children, it was very common for them to share their home with other family members, and often nieces and nephews were about the house, with Gerry always willing to take another child in as part of his family. Gerry studied accounting at Southwestern University in Los Angeles, worked as an Accountant and continued his life of service in additional and noteworthy ways. He was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club (Club #3), serving as the Club's treasurer for 19 years. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 1982 and Paul Harris Fellow in 1985, which is recognition of "service above self". He served for over 40 years on the Board of the Better Business Bureau, for over 30 years in the Society of California Accountants where his contributions included working with students from Valley College, Chaffey College and Cal Baptist University, and was past-president and board member of the 20-30 Club. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Baseline Garden Mutual Water Company upon return from his military service until the year of his death. His love for the outdoors resulted in memorable fishing and hunting trips, enjoying an annual excursion with close friends to hunt dove in the desert areas of Southern California. Gerry also enjoyed years of playing in men's and couples bowling leagues. Gerry was one of those rare individuals who was often referred to, and in fact was, a truly great man, with great strength of character, consistent humility, and recognition of personal accountability. He was always smiling and had a kind word to say. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, a true friend, the best father any child could ever hope to have, a treasured uncle, and a loving grandfather. Love - Dad - Uncle Gerry - Papa Gerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will occur at a later date. Memorial Charitable Contributions may be made to the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village, PO Box 247, Beaumont, CA 92223, Attention Lynn Elder, Community Relations Coordinator.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on July 15, 2012
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