Raymond William Stanley
SEBRING – Raymond William Stanley, most recently of Copeland Oaks in Sebring, Ohio, passed away peacefully in the company of family on April 19, 2014. He was born in Fairhope, Alabama on February 21, 1922, the youngest of seven children of William B. and Edith Wiles Stanley. He spent his childhood in Fairhope and Greensboro, N.C. before attending Friends Boarding School (now Olney Friends School) in Barnesville, Ohio.
His Quaker belief in pacifism led him to perform alternative service during the Second World War as a conscientious objector. He volunteered for medical trials that tested human endurance, leading to a lifelong interest in educating the public about the importance of working actively for peace.
In 1944, Raymond married Olney classmate Huldah L. Starr, from Ontario, Canada. They settled in Middleton, Ohio, where they owned a general store before Raymond entered employment with Deming Pump Company. He and Huldah raised six children in Middleton and then moved to Barnesville, Ohio, in 1985 to manage the Walton Retirement Home. In 1997, Raymond and Huldah made a final move to Copeland Oaks, where Raymond spent the next 17 years enjoying clock repair and volunteering at the Thrift Shop, ushering, and doing woodworking.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Huldah; his children, David (Carolyn), Wayne (Kathy), John, Elizabeth (Tom), Emily (Dan), Peter (Liz); grandchildren, Jesse (Erica), Amy (Ron), Morgan, and Rebecca; and his beloved 1914 Model T Ford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Raymond’s memory to Olney Friends School, Barnesville, Ohio, or the Oaks Foundation at Copeland Oaks.