Donald Walter Stanek

February 5, 1936June 28, 2020

Mr. Donald W. “Don” Stanek of Myakka City, FL, passed away June 28, 2020. Don was born in Chicago, IL, on February 5, 1936, to the late Frances and Walter Stanek.

After graduation from William Taft High School in Chicago, he attended University of Illinois on an Evans Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He enjoyed participating in many sports including running track, basketball, volleyball, and baseball.

He received his degree as Physical Therapist from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He received his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University, Waco, TX. Mr. Stanek practiced as a Physical Therapist in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

Mr. Stanek enlisted in the US Army, served in the US Medical Service Corps, and served two tours in the Vietnam War during 1966-1967. He received the Bronze Star Medal as well as other US Army commendation medals and meritorious service achievement awards. He was a Paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Don loved horses, especially thoroughbred horses, and loved German Shepherd dogs all his life.

Don leaves behind his beloved wife, Rose Cape, as well as many friends, relatives, and neighbors. He was preceded in death by his loving brother, Robert J. Stanek, who passed in 2013.

Funeral Services were conducted by Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL. Mr. Stanek is buried at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL. Please send contributions in memory of Don to Vietnam Veterans of America,, National Headquarters, 8719 Colesville Rd, Suite 100, Silver Springs, MD 20910.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020


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Deirdre (Stanek) Burton

June 30, 2020

My sisters and I loved cousin Don our whole life. Don and his brother Bob were like big brothers to us. They were both so thoughtful with our mom and dad and were very considerate with my two sons and their children. We all thank Don for his service and his love, and will miss him dearly.

Deirdre (Stanek) Burton and Family

James (Rusty) & June Gregory

June 30, 2020


So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our prayer is that you find comfort and peace as you and your family heal and move forward celebrating his life. God Bless you!


Rusty and June