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Henry James Hank Stanton Sr., 74

Henry James "Hank" Stanton Sr., 74 of 3098 Underhill Road, Laceyville, PA, passed away at his home in Silvara on Saturday evening, March 26, 2011, surrounded by his loving wife, Beverly and his four children, along with other family members after a brave and dignified fight with ALS.

Born in Sayre on Dec. 30, 1936, he was the son of the late Ralph Layton Stanton and Vanona (Woodruff) Stanton Reidy and stepfather Daniel Reidy.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Marie (Repsher); his four children, Lisa Anne "Charlie" Harvey and husband, Stirel "Butch" Harvey of Laceyville, Henry James "Jim" Stanton, Jr. and wife, Maureen "Mo" (Slabicki) of Lenoxville, Teresa Marie "Pete" Thomas and husband, Matthew Thomas of Columbia Cross Roads, Sherri-Ann Marie "Claude" Rapp and husband, Mickey Rapp of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Staci (Stanton) Short and Derek Stanton, Devon and Vanessa Thomas, Kylie and Jonny Rapp, Matthew, Timothy, Josh and Thomas Harvey, Joshua and Melissa Thomas; great-grandchildren, Clayton Franko and Riley Short, Christian, Ashton, Isaac, Triston and Logan Harvey, Makaia Thomas; his sisters, Patricia and Bob Grimes, Nancy and Theodore Hoffman, Marian Brown; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School, Class of 1954. He joined the United States Marine Corps in November of 1954 and was stationed in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Japan and multiple stateside bases. He was honorably discharged in April of 1959.

Henry was employed by Osram Sylvania, in Towanda, for 30? years and retired in 1996. He attended Osram Sylvania Men's Club and Quarter Century Banquets. He was a member of the American Legion Post 510 in Black Walnut and the Bressler Club in Harrisburg.

He enjoyed hunting, softball, billiards, playing cards, telling jokes and walking, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Everyone knew Hank for his great sense of humor and his infectious smile. He was adored by many and will be greatly missed.

Friends will be received from 3 to 4 p.m. on April 16 at the American Legion Post 510, Bingo Hall, Black Walnut. A memorial service with full military honors along with a celebration of Hank's life will immediately follow.

It was his life-long dream to be donated to science in hopes of bettering the lives of others. His body has been donated to Anatomy Gifts in Hanover, MD for research.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Henry James Stanton, Sr. to: Anatomy Gifts, 7522 Connelley Drive, Suite M, Hanover, MD 21076

Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa.

May Hank's Eagle forever fly!

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