Marvin Stanley


March 14, 2019 - 9:33 AM

Marvin K. Stanley, 82, Elsmore, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City. Marvin was born Nov. 25, 1936, in Iola, to Curtis Stanley and Cleo (Nelson) Stanley.

Marvin graduated from Elsmore High School in 1955. After high school, Marvin joined the Air Force and was stationed in Florida until 1959 when he moved back to Kansas. Marvin and Reta (Gregg) Stanley were married Feb. 28, 1959. This union was blessed with three children. 

After returning to Kansas, Marvin assisted his father in the family farming operation. While farming, Marvin also worked full time at James Implement in Iola for many years until the family moved to Elsmore. After moving to Elsmore, Marvin made farming his full-time career for the next 50 years. He served on the Moran school board while his children were in high school, where he served as president. Marvin also sat on numerous other boards in Allen County. He was known for his great sense of humor and being a loving, dedicated husband. Marvin believed in the importance of family, hard work, and never giving up. He modeled those things for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He built the legacy of Stanley Farms that will be passed down through the generations. He is greatly loved and will be missed dearly by his family.

He also was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams were KU basketball, K-State football, the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. 

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Richard Stanley.

Marvin is survived by his wife Reta; one son Kenneth Stanley and wife Suprenna, Humboldt; two daughters, Vickie Smart and husband Jerald, Garnett, Lisa Lynch and husband Jerry, Stilwell; seven grandchildren, Derek Hanson and wife Kim, Dustin Smart and wife Rochelle, Kayla Raider and husband Chris, Danielle Lynch, Kelsey Lee and husband Jeremy, Kyle Lynch, April Renfro and husband Cody, Chantry Navarro, Robert Navarro; 11 great-grandchildren, Kolton Hanson, Kallie and Kaelynn Caldwell, Jayden and Lilly Smart, Dylan, Logan, and Tucker Raider, Madison Swink, Madison Lee, Samuel Renfro; one sister, Marilyn Davis and husband Gerald; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Venue, 1883 US-Hwy 54 Iola. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Iola. Burial will follow with military honors at the Moran Cemetery, Moran.

Memorials in honor of Marvin are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service.

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