OBITUARY

Donald Raymond Stansel

March 25, 1938July 9, 2018
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. (Corinthians 13:4-7)

Donald Raymond Stansel, 80, born in Wellborn, Florida on March 25, 1938, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 9, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Gisela Stansel, his cherished daughter, Michele Y. Van Gorder, and his grandson and best friend, Jean-Paul Van Gorder.

Donald Stansel was a patriot and a true American who served his country for 23 years. On November 6, 1969 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He served on the General’s Staff and supervised the Army Audiovisual. He also received an array of awards, for his pictures taken during that time. He held a bachelor degree in accounting and business administration. The camera became his steady companion. Once he retired, he was able to capture the real beauty of nature and people. He could patiently wait for the right sunset or just the right ray of light coming through a cloud after a storm. In everything he saw grace and beauty. His awesome smile could melt snow and his huge hugs left one with a sense of comfort and security.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Hardage-Giddens, the Oaklawn Chapel. Graveside services will be on Friday, July 20, 2018 with full military honors at 12:30pm, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd. in Jacksonville, Florida.

Please Sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd is serving the family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 20, 2018
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Jack Harden

July 18, 2018

Donald
Our friendship started when we were about twelve years old, we did many things together lots of good things some not so good, those to be left in my will.
We both were like minded we camped out a lot, hunted in the nearby woods, swam in the river, ( sometimes skinny dipped) That was living high, we had no interest in doing harm to anyone, then along came the Korean War.
As we seen the news about the war we both wanted to do our part, we were seventeen years old and Donald joined the ARMY and I joined Naval Airforce.
By this time the Korean war was over, this was our first separation. Donald stayed in the Army and at that time the Navy was looking to reduce its forces I took the early out.
Donald's Job required him to travel and then the Vietnam war started and Don was in the middle of it doing very heroic things for our country.
My job required extensive travel and several relocations, another moving target.
We both kept trying to find each other for about thirty years, and finely made contact in 2011 what a great thing found my HERO, Donald Stansel.
I love ya buddy Jack Harden

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Biography

Donald Raymond Stansel, 80, born in Wellborn, Florida on March 25, 1938, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 9, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Gisela Stansel, his cherished daughter, Michele Y. Van Gorder, and his grandson and best friend, Jean-Paul Van Gorder.

Donald Stansel was a patriot and a true American who served his country for 23 years. On November 6, 1969 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He served on the General’s Staff and supervised the Army Audiovisual. He also received an array of awards, for his pictures taken during that time. He held a bachelor degree in accounting and business administration. The camera became his steady companion. Once he retired, he was able to capture the real beauty of nature and people. He could patiently wait for the right sunset or just the right ray of light coming through a cloud after a storm. In everything he saw grace and beauty. His awesome smile could melt snow and his huge hugs left one with a sense of comfort and security.