Donald Lee Stenley
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home - Taneytown
136 E Baltimore Street
Taneytown, MD
Donald Lee Stenley, 85, passed peacefully surrounded by his family, Sunday, September 5, 2021, at his home in Keysville, of Lewy Body Dementia. Born October 5, 1935 in Baltimore City, he was the son of the late Andrew Joseph Stenley and Gladys Price Stenley, nee Hampshire; loving husband of Virginia Ann Stenley, nee Dreyer, his wife of 62 years; devoted father of Tom Stenley and his wife Kim of Taneytown, Darcy Winer and her husband Rick of Westminster, and Amy Murphey and her husband Darren of Keysville; most loving "Pops" to his adored grandchildren, Jessica Badiang, Megan McDonald, Justin Cahill, Lauren Haines, Sarah Murphey, and Ethan Stenley and his nine great-grandchildren, Lavender, Marley, Price, Rilee, Reis, Kirby, Roman, Cole, and Delaney, whom were the apples of his eye. Don graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and attended Western Maryland College, where he met his wife, Virginia. He served in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. After his military service, Don and Virginia settled in Carroll County where he became a history and social studies teacher at Taneytown High School and Francis Scott Key High School. He was an educator for 31 years and was beloved and respected by colleagues and students. While deeply involved in his career and family, Don always found time to pursue his personal passions. He enjoyed dealing antiques, restoring old homes, gardening and landscaping, spoiling his dogs, decorating for the holidays, and was extremely proud of his early Lionel train collection. He was a charter member and former president of the Taneytown Heritage Committee, now Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, Inc. Don enjoyed the camaraderie of his many acquaintances and lifelong friends. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, P.A., 136 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown (21787). A private graveside funeral home will be held at Keysville Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to the Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, Inc., 340 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown, MD 21787 or BridgingLife, formerly Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com.
Published by Carroll County Times on Sep. 8, 2021.
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So very sorry to hear of Mr. Stenley's passing. He was one of my favorite teachers at Key, and was always upbeat, patient and kind. My condolences to the family.
Tina Ray
September 25, 2021
He was my favorite teacher at Key. His classes were never boring as his teaching methods challenged us and we had the opportunity to express how we felt on topics. I remember debating someone in his class about the Vietnam War and as we were going back and forth, I noticed him leaning back in his chair, with that smile he had, and realizing that we were expressing our feelings and thoughts and that he had successfully taught the facts about the war and now we decided how we felt. I pray that God will give his family peace that can only come from Jesus Christ.
Mike Little
School
September 14, 2021
It has been an honour to have a cousin who has lived such a full and productive life. His love of family and history is a model for all and we will miss our visits. We are sorry that we are too far away to present our condolences in person but we remember him whenever we stay warm under the Taneytown Heritage rug or when we try to make the chowder he showed us! Know that we are thinking of Virginia and the family at this difficult time.
Barbara and Denis Lynch
Family
September 14, 2021
Mr. Stanley was a wonderful teacher and always kind to his students. I know he is in heaven and watching over his family . Rip my special friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Amy, my heart breaks for you .
Sandra yingling
School
September 10, 2021
So very sorry to hear of the loss of Donald, sending my sympathy to Virginia and family
Holly Messick Klein
Friend
September 9, 2021
Condolences to the Stenley family. I worked with Mr. Stenley at Taneytown High school and spent many Friday nights at the local watering hole with him and other faculty members. Rest In Peace.
Bopie Papandreu
September 9, 2021
Expression of sympathy to the Stenley families. A very respected teacher at Key. Smile for the memories. Former student.
David Dayhoff
School
September 9, 2021
My sincere sympathy to you and your families. He was my social studies teacher at Taneytown High School. He was a great teacher to me. I will never forget him telling me, I understand you do not care for this class...but at least you try. I admired him for his honestly and truth. You have our prayers and thoughts. Mr Stenley was a GREAT teacher at Taneytown High School...I can not say enough great things about him Sympathy to all the family.
Diane ( Hess) Cavanaugh
September 8, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Debbie Steinberg-Morral
School
September 8, 2021
Sorry to hear this. Donald was a wonderful man. I have thought of him often through the years.
Andrew Singel
Friend
September 8, 2021
So sorry to hear that Mr. Stenley has passed away. He taught me at Taneytown High School. Was a very good teacher. Condolences to his family.
Richard Nelson
School
September 8, 2021
Mr Stenley had a kind spirit, always had a smile on his face and you felt his warm presence Rest in peace Sir and God bless you.
Yolanda Phillip's
September 8, 2021
One of the kindest teachers I ever had... a soft spoken gentle giant to all freshmen students at Key.
Brad Wentworth
September 8, 2021
Sending our sympathy and prayers. So difficult losing such a wonderful father . May our Heavenly Father comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
Lisa & Dan Shereika
Other
September 8, 2021
Don was not only one my favorite teachers at Key but was also a friend. I will miss him as will many others. My sincere condolences to the family.
Roger Diehl
September 8, 2021
Mr. Stenley will always be remember by his students as a kind and funny teacher. I will always remember him living beside the Lutheran Church in Keysville and having played in his garden a couple of times when my Mom visited. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as this chapter closes and another one opens for them all.
Diane Fleharty Bixler
School
September 8, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Mr. Stenley was a great teacher and a nice person to talk to. He will be greatly missed.
Betty Ridinger-Cool
Friend
September 8, 2021
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