On Sept. 25, 2012, Heaven received one of its finest. Richard Dean Stanley, 73, of Pomeroy, Ohio, formerly of Ravenswood and Williamstown, W.Va., passed away while vacationing with his adored wife of 50 years, Ruth Butler Stanley, in Nags Head, N.C.
He was born in Harmony, Pa., on June 4, 1939, to Virginia (Beymer) Stanley and the late Hubert Stanley.
He was a graduate of Williamstown High School in 1957 and attended West Virginia University in Morgantown where he studied forestry. He entered the United States Marine Corps in September 1958 and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 1962. He was extremely proud of his service to his country. He also served as the assistant scout master of Troop 441 in Sandyville in the 1980s. He later retired from Chevron-Phillips of Marietta after working at the site for 33 years. He was a founding member of Restoration Fellowship in Pomeroy, was currently the treasurer for the Meigs County IKES hunting and fishing club and was employed by the United States Department of National Resources as a camp host at the Tea Creek Campground on the Williams River.
He was the pawpaw of pawpaws, he loved his family so deeply, many times he would stand and be almost in tears as he watched his grand and great grandchildren play because his heart was so full of love for them. Pawpaw was an avid WVU Mountaineer football fan, he loved hunting and fishing. He enjoyed cooking and eating good food. Above all he loved his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and he passed that down to his children and their children.
He is survived by his wife: Ruth Stanley, Pomeroy, Ohio;
Mother: Virginia Stanley, Medina, W.Va.; brother, Dale (Gloria) Stanley, Sister-in-law: Glenda Stanley, all of Williamstown; daughter, Amanda (Kenny) Caplinger; son: David (Kristi) Stanley all of Medina, W.Va; grandchildren: Kristen (Joseph) Barnhart, Pomeroy, Sarah (Brian) Moore, Faith Caplinger, Matt Caplinger, Erin Stanley of Medina, and Paige and Morgan Riddle; great-grandchildren: Nathan, Logan and Keith Moore, Zoey Barnhart and a baby boy Barnhart on the way. Aunt: Margaret Houchen, Williamstown, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and very good friends.
Services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy at 2 p.m. with Pete and Brenda Barnhart officiating. Burial will follow in the Independence Cemetery in Sanyville, W.Va. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the funeral home.
An online registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com