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Robert â€śBobâ€ť David Stanley, 86, of Columbia City, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 15, 1926, in Arcola, he was the son of Roy Cuppy Stanley and Ruth B. (Besson) Stanley.
He was a graduate of Washington Center High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy.
On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Virginia L. Kyler. Bob was a machinist at Dana and retired in 1989 and was a Whitley County Veterans Service Officer for 17 years. He was a member of First Church of God, Columbia City, and served as precinct committeeman of the Whitley County Democratic Party.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 56 years, Virginia L. Stanley; children, Lori Stanley Boggs of Columbia City, Ruth Stanley of South Whitley and John Stanley of Columbia City; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret (Charles) Richard of South Whitley and Charlotte (Nathan) Turnbow of Churubusco; brothers, Charles Stanley of Columbia City, John (Roberta) Stanley of Goshen, Bill (Sally) Stanley of Ft. Wayne and Jim (Kathy) Stanley of Delta, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Ruth (Besson) Stanley; and sisters, Helen Reddy, Jean Hanauer and Joan Mitchell.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday at the funeral home. The burial will follow at South Whitley Cemetery, 7500 W. Ind. 14, South Whitley. Memorials can be made in Bobâ€™s honor to the American Heart Association or First Church of God Columbia City.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.