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Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home

602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, IN

OBITUARY

Alan Gene Stanley

July 2, 1926January 27, 2020

Alan Gene Stanley; 93, of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on January 27, 2020. Mr. Stanley was born on 7-2-1926 in Rush County, Indiana to Marion and Raeburn Stanley. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1944 and enlisted in the military where he served in the army until 1946. Following his return from serving in Korea as a surveyor, he attended Purdue University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

For many decades he owned and operated the successful engineering firm of Alan Stanley and Associates in Greencastle, Indiana. He also served as Putnam County Surveyor for many years. Mr. Stanley was active in a variety of social and philanthropic organizations as well as his church, First Christian Church.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 71 years, Donna (McCabe), his daughters Linda Wall, Brenda (BJ) Rabold, and Marla Helton (Stuart Fabe), eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. One brother, Lynn Stanley and one sister, Barbara Cooney.

He was preceded in death by his three son-in-laws, Jim Wall, Rich Rabold and Dave Helton.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations be made to the Local chapter of Rotary Foundation, The Summer Music Festival via the Putnam County Community Foundation, or Purdue University.

A Celebration of life will be held Sunday, February 2nd from 2 - 5 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home at 602 East Washington Street, Greencastle, Indiana. A short service at 2:00 will be followed by a reception.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Sunday, February 2, 2020

Memories

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Jerry and Vyanne Chandler

February 2, 2020

We have many lovely memories of Alan and Donna and their many contributions to First Christian Church of Greencastle. However, knowing Alan’s Mother, RaeburnStanley was our real first association with the family. Our first date in 1967 led us to her antique shop in Cambridge City. After our 2nd son was born, Vyanne’s first trip out was to Raeburn’s shop in Fair Haven, Ohio. She had our painting cleaned in Cincinnati and said her son would deliver it to us as he and his family lived in Greencastle.This was 1978. And Alan did deliver the painting. It was our first meeting.
In 1986 we moved our membership to First Christian and became more closely involved with Alan and Donna.
Thank you, Alan, for being an example of a man who would keep his marriage vows, for quietly walking with GOD and for always being interested in us and our 3 boys. We treasure having known you. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace. And always- thank you for your Service and Boiler-Up
Jerry and Vyanne, Matt, David and Adam Chandler

Doug Cockrell

February 2, 2020

Alan Stanley was probably the best boss that I ever had. Most of the work that I did was lawnmowing, landscaping and various projects around the house. I think that my biggest project was rebuilding the dock/retaining wall next to the pond. He and I both admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. After I was injured from the exposure to the remnants of biological, chemical and radiological weapons experiments, he was the only person around that would hire me to do a lot of the things he needed done.
In my minds eye, a kinder man there never was. I remember he and his wife sat feeders just inside the sliding door in his kitchen for the cats. A momma raccoon and her babies would come in and take a snack from time to time. The raccoons were unbothered by the spectators that marveled at them. I remember some fish that would come up to the dock and let you pet them and some birds would ignore the presence of Mr. Stanley and Mrs. Stanley when they got close.
For decades I have worked at the same polling place at the elections. It saddened me when Mr. and Mrs. Stanley stopped coming in to vote. Every two years or so, we would briefly catch up on some things.
If any of the family would like to know what I remember about any particular thing, let me know. I am sorry that I could not be there to share these memories with any of you.

Sherry Boram

January 31, 2020

When I married Larry, I didn't appreciate the bonus treasure that came with him -- the Stanley family! We will be there to celebrate the life of this kind and gentle man on Sunday, sad to lose him, but joyful to think of Gene's reunion with those he loved who preceded him, especially those three sons-in-law. Love to Donna, Linda, Brenda, Marla, and all the family from Larry, Sherry, and family.

Stephen King

January 31, 2020

Thirty-six years ago as I prepared to purchase a piece of property, I was uncertain of the property lines. I went to the county surveyor's office with a number of questions. As I stood at the office door, I felt someone behind me. It was Alan. When I told him why I was there, he put his hand on my shoulder and said "come in young man." He then proceeded to cover his large table with maps and plats, and started talking. We started from square one as he talked about the property and explained the property lines. We talked for a long while that afternoon. In the end, I asked if he would keep an eye on me and do a survey if necessary as the purchase was completed. His response was "sure and don't worry." I have never forgotten that afternoon and the kindness he bestowed on a complete stranger. He must have done the same for countless people over the years. Just thought you might like to know.

Ron Smith

January 30, 2020

I would cherish some time with all of you this weekend - had thought about this event occurring and hoped to be home in Indy when it occurred, however I'm not and circumstances just aren't allowing even a quick roundtrip..
Brenda - my prayers are deep for you now, I am saddened about Rich - my prayer is for your peace thru Christ, the only source. You may already have found this faith and are supported by it at this moment but if the chaos of this world has caused any separation from Christ, just return to 1 Cor. 15:1-4 and read it repeatedly until your heart is filled with the Holy Spirit from a simple belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - that is all which is required, 'faith + nothing' - there lies the peace which surpasses all understanding.
Linda - saddened that Jim passed; my prayers are with you for peace thru your faith in Christ.
Hi Marla- you are in my prayers for His peace to be with you always.
And for Donna, I pray for her peace thru Christ's love and that He wraps His loving arms around her and holds her tightly.
My thankfulness that John Phillips informed me of your dad's passing - I am grateful.
Great memories of Al and you-all roll thru my mind continuously now - those which I regret have been brought to Christ for forgiveness thru my faith in Him and I believe in His grace.
Memories of canoe trips, surveying (those can roll thru for hours), fishing, family gatherings, travels, one on one basketball with Jim W., camping, shopping trips and my first love (there is forever only one of those).
Christ's love to you all and your families, I am with you in His Loving Spirit. Ron

Paul Kannapel

January 30, 2020

Alan had many blessings.
He told us how he and Donna loved living in their country home. They were blessed with living there a longer time thanks to the blessing of extraordinary family support.
Our hearts are with you.
Marvel and Paul Kannapel

Ruth Wall

January 29, 2020

Seeing the pictures of your dad and Jim in their hunting outfits always come to mind when I think of the “two amigos” and what fun they had turkey hunting! My prayers and thoughts are with all of you., with love, Ruth Wall

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY