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Larry E. Stanley

Born: Wed., Apr. 9, 1941
Died: Thu., Jun. 11, 2020


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Mon., Jul. 20, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Memorial Service

5:00 PM Mon., Jul. 20, 2020
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

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       Larry E. Stanley, age 79 of Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2020 in Chesterton, IN.  He was born on April 9, 1941 in Rochester, IN to Carl and Pauline Stanley, both of whom preceded him in death.  On June 29, 1963, he married the love of his life, Martha (Benson) Stanley, who survives in Valparaiso. 

       He is also survived by his loving sons: Jeffrey (Kim) Stanley of Sioux City, IA, Steven (Julie) Stanley of Midland, MI, and Terry (Sharon) Stanley of Swedesboro, NJ; his 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and by his siblings: Judy Marks of Elkhart, IN, Rita (Bryan) Black originally of Mesa, AZ, and David (Donna) Stanley of Koontz Lake, IN. 

       He was also preceded in death by his sister, Linda Schenk. 

       Larry graduated from Indiana University in 1963.  He worked at ANCO for 33 years as a Purchasing Agent.  Some of Larry’s favorite activities included: playing Horseshoes for Porter Central League and Chesterton League, bowling at Westchester Lanes, playing for the Softball Leagues in Chesterton, and playing morning basketball at the YMCA.  His family was his greatest joy! He will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. 

       A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN with Pastor Kevin Hancock officiating.  The family will receive friends for a Memorial Visitation on Monday, July 20, 2020 from 3 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. For the protection of the family and the community, the family kindly requests that masks are mandatory for all who come into the funeral home.

       Memorials may be made in Larry’s name to: Charlotte Sills, Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, 7103 Tanager, Hobart, IN 46342.

       The family would also like to thank Dunes Hospice for providing exceptional care for Larry during the last two years.

       Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.


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Howard Lipke
   Posted Tue June 16, 2020
Dear Marty and to 3 sons I was never able to meet,

I was a neighbor to the Stanley family at Koontz Lake and was good friend of Larry even though a year ahead of him at Grovertown High School. We lived down the road from each other within the short walking/running distance of only a couple hundred yards.

Playing for the Grover Rams in basketball and baseball was nothing compared to the days and hours spent together on the relatively level dirt basketball court and rim next to the Stanley Marina store and the vacant field between our homes. That field is where there were many softball games when we could gather enough friends, neighbors or classmates. It was always special to "hit one" onto the road that circled the lake we had grown up on; And, especially for Larry where he worked, helping "Mr. Stanley" run the marina. On and next to the BB court, where nearby there always many boats/trailers stored, we had 2 and 3-man tournaments for basketball, wiffleball in between the hours we just spent shooting, dribbling and spending lots of time together. I mean lots of time! Plus, there were horseshoes, some of which took place on the path between my house and the lakeshore. You can see the origins of Larry's later-year interests captured in his wonderfully written obituary.

I remember many times being in the Stanley household but can't remember any time Larry was in the very little Cottage Louise which became my home from 6th grade on. The cottage carrying Grandma Philpott's name was a great place to grow up in having moved from the Chicago area, able to be near my good and respected friend Larry Stanley.

God was not a very personal part of my life while growing up at Koontz Lake. All the time spent together Larry and I never had any conversations about religion. At age 31, God did become a very personal part of my life through His Son Jesus becoming my Savior and Lord of my life. I'm mentioning this to you now, for in my trust and faith in Him only, I know that in my asking God will give each of you "the peace and comfort that passes the understanding of the world" in the loss of your husband and father. These are His promises from His Word, the Bible. I only wish I could be there to meet you, sons; and, give you a hug Marty.

With love and condolences, but especially prayer, Howard Lipke, who in 1961 married one of Larry's classmates, Alynn Dee Palmer (check the old Grover Annuals)

Evelyn Kidd
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
My sincere condolences to all the family of Mr. Stanley. So sorry for your loss.

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