Stanley, Arnold (1932-2009)

Arnold Stanley, 76, died at his home near Grygla, on Thursday, January 29, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 2 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, with Pastor Mary Ronning Gilthvedt officiating.

Casket bearers included Bill Stanley, Kathryn Stanley, Tylor Stanley, Anthony Stanley, Lindsay Loerzel, Mitch Stanley, Justin Stanley and Brandon Stanley. Honorary casketbearers included Willie Smith, Roger Smith, Leonard Moe, Eddie Moe, Wesley Sandsmark and Roger Skime.

Arnold Stanley was born on July 28, 1932 to William and Mabel (Norby) Stanley in Grygla. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith and attended country school through the eighth grade. He attended Goodridge High School. Arnold worked for the telephone company as well as REA setting up lines. He worked briefly in the oil fields in Wyoming and the lumber mills in Montana. His predominant profession was farming which he enjoyed until his last days.

In 1950 Arnold enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country honorably until 1953. On December 14, 1954 Arnold was united in marriage to Ida Smith. Together they made their home near Grygla.

Arnold found pleasure in driving around looking at crops and developing farmland to make it more productive. He was a member of the school board, the Co-op Store Shipping Association, Red Lake Watershed, American Legion, VFW, and was instrumental in founding the American State Bank of Grygla.

Arnold is survived by his wife Ida; children, Todd (Debra) Stanley of Grygla, Gwen Stanley of Bloomington, Brian (Bonnie) Stanley of Grygla, Trent (Marilyn) Stanley of Goodridge and Alison (Elgin) Caldwell of New Brighton; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister Donna (Gordon) Jelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Jeffrey.

From Thief River Falls Times

Interred Saint Olaf Cemetery

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky