Donald Verne  Stanley, Jr.
Donald Verne Stanley, Jr.

February 21, 1936 - October 2, 2017
Born in Grover, Colorado
Resided in Centennial, Colorado
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Donald Verne Stanley, Jr.
February 21, 1936 - October 2, 2017
Age: 81
Residence: Centennial, CO

Donald Verne Stanley, Jr. 81, passed away October 2, 2017, in Centennial, CO.

Don was born February 21, 1936 in Grover, CO, to Donald 'Verne' and Ruth Stanley of Keota, CO. When Don was seven a tumor was found on one of his lungs. The operation to remove the tumor remove much of that lung. He spent three months at Children's Hospital and National Jewish Hospital in Denver, CO during this time. Don shared many memories and tales of growing up in northeast Colorado, with his cousins and extended family. Don was married to Marlene Ann Harding of Briggsdale, CO in 1955, they divorced in 1982. In September 1957, Don started work at the Martin Company (which later became Martin Marietta, then Lockheed Martin) in Jefferson County, CO. He remained there until his retirement over thirty years later. During his years at Martin, he worked on the Titan Missle, the Mars Viking project and the early years of the Space Shuttle. In 1997 Don married Ruth Ellen Havens, and they lived in Centennial, CO. Don and Ruth were married 20 years. Don enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He was a perfectionist, which was evident in any task or project he undertook. Don and Ruth traveled across the country and into Canada in their RV, to may different locations. On one trip they spent time in Arizona, and went to Colorado Rockies spring training games. In his later life, Don's health issues required him to be on oxygen, but that did not deter him from enjoying his favorite past-times.

Don is survived by his wife Ruth Stanley of Centennial, CO; children, Linda Stanley and wife Paula Scougal of Littleton, CO, Dawn Gardner of Lakewood, CO, Lori Hebberd and her husband Craig of Golden, CO, Angela Correll and husband Mike of Aurora, CO, Danielle Partain of Ashland WI, Jennifer Gamble of Denver, CO; brother, Victor Stanley and his wife Julie; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Mary 'Eleanor' Stanley , Margaret Elleda Tracy, and Ruth Joann Clevenger.

Viewing at Horan and McConaty 5303 E County Line Rd, Centennial, CO, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, October 10, 2017. Funeral Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 8035 S Quebec St., Centennial, CO, viewing at 10:30am, service at 11:30am. Burial after the service at Seven Stones Cemetery, 9635 N Rampart Range Road, Littleton, CO.

Donations to Children's Hospital, Denver, CO and National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO.

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Horan & McConaty - County Line
5303 East County Line Road
Centennial, CO US 80122
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Funeral Mass
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 South Quebec Street
Centennial, CO US 80112
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
11:30 AM