Charles H. Stanley “Beloved husband, Dad, and Bompa”
ERES, Pa.---Charles H. “Chuck” Stanley, 92, of Ceres, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 14, 2021, after a brief illness.
Born on Thursday, January 26, 1928 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of William G. and Grace M. Goodrich Stanley. He married Estella Moore on September 16, 1950 in the home they have resided in for the past 70 years in Ceres.
Chuck was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1946. He was employed by Worthington (now Siemens) in Wellsville, N.Y., for 39 ½ years, starting as a yard worker and retiring as a tool and die maker.
He was a member of the former Shinglehouse Christian and Missionary Alliance Church for 75 years, where he had served as an elder, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher. He was a former member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse and a former member and former president of the Oswayo Valley School Board in Shinglehouse. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists Union.
Chuck’s greatest joys were his family and his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a friend to all he met and earned the respect of everyone, even those who held different views than he did. He was unfailingly kind and a man of deep integrity. Chuck was truly a Renaissance man. He could debate deep philosophical and theological issues with scholars and hold his own, recite poetry, and knew something about almost every topic you could think of. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes. He loved gardening, picking blackberries, and building beautiful items in his woodshop. Chuck loved to rock his babies and grandbabies and sing to them in his beautiful tenor voice. He loved to cook and bake and could bake an apple pie that was the best around.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Donald R. (Melanie) Stanley of Bloomsburg, Robert M. (Belinda) Stanley of Johnstown, John K. (Sharon) Stanley of Leicester, N.Y., and David A. Stanley of Shinglehouse; three daughters, Carol A. (Kenneth) Stonemetz of Houghton, N.Y., Rebecca J. (Rod) Howard of Port Allegany, and Nancy K. Stanley of Shinglehouse; a daughter-in-law, Linda Stanley of Cambridge Springs; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; a brother, Harry (Jacqueline) Stanley of Smethport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Chuck was predeceased by a son, James C. Stanley; three grandchildren, Stephanie Stanley, Ellen Stanley, and Andrew Stanley; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl A. Stanley; and four brothers, Maynard, Hugh, Malon, and William.
Private graveside burial services will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with Benjamin Howard, Chuck’s grandson, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to his widow to help with funeral expenses. Gifts and cards can be sent to Estella Stanley, 565 Route 44, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Chuck’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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