Larry Gene Stanley was born on July 23, 1955 to Roy Stanley Sr. and Marjorie G. Stanley (nee Buril) in Washington, MO. He passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Rancho Rehab, a memory care facility in Florissant, MO.
Larry was the 9th child born to Roy Sr. and Marjorie Stanley. After graduating from Washington High School in 1973, he went to school to become an electrician and later moved to Springfield, MO where he continued his career and resided for most of his adult life. As a child and throughout his young adulthood, he was an athlete, playing on several baseball, softball and basketball teams, and was even on a competitive frisbee team. Though he never had children of his own, he was a devoted uncle to his MANY nieces and nephews. He enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus for family Christmases (even though they all knew it was really him), taking the kids on shopping sprees, vacations, or to sporting events. As a son, he was always first in line to assist his dad with home projects, clipboard and measuring tape in hand, as he also had a love for all things construction and architecture. To everyone in his life, whether you were family or a friend that became family, he was constant and loyal. Known for his mega-watt smile, infectious laugh and steadfast presence, he never met a stranger. He loved music, dancing and traveling, often speaking of his desire to return to the islands. It is our greatest hope that he is now doing just that, and is somewhere peaceful, enjoying the sunshine and island breezes that he spoke so fondly of. In his honor, we ask those that he loved so dearly, to dance, be adventurous and joyous, and bask in the sunshine and breeze any chance you get. Larry’s loss is a tremendous one; he will be sorely missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him, just the same.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Sr. and Marjorie, three sisters, Patricia E. Stanley, Ida M. Harvey, Geraldine “Gerri” Greene, and one brother, Patrick W. Stanley.
Left to cherish his memories are his siblings: Roy Stanley Jr. (“Buck”), Paulette A. Stanley, James R. Stanley, Robert E. Stanley, Jacqueline M. Stanley, George M. Stanley, William H. Stanley (“Butch”), Pamela J. Stanley (“Jeanie”), and Christopher J. Stanley; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, extended family, and many friends, including those who were like brothers to him: Joe Moosman, David Desmond, and Mike Pointdexter, to name a few.
A celebration of life will be on Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 12-2 p.m. at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Washington City Cemetery.
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