Archive for Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Obituary: Guy E.Stanley Jr.

October 24, 2006


Overland Park

Guy E. Stanley Jr., 91, of Overland Park, died with his family by his side on Oct. 18, 2006.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1914, to Guy Sr. and Arlie Stanley, in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1932. He attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He graduated from Kansas City Law School while working at KC Power and Light.

In 1935, he married his high school sweetheart, Thelma Howard. This was the beginning of their 71-year, lifelong journey together.

He was an accomplished entrepreneur. His first business venture was an insurance company with clients ranging from venders at the city market to the North American aircraft plant, which manufactured the B-24 bombers.

After the war, he sold his insurance company and opened a rock quarry with a navy friend, Pat Conlan. With the crushed limestone from the quarry, he started a successful ready-mix concrete business, Concrete Materials. Guy expanded his concrete business throughout the Midwest supplying concrete for projects ranging from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to grain elevators in Topeka and Ames, Iowa.

While expanding his ready-mix operations, he pioneered the first underground refrigerated storage facility in the United States. Natural Storage was located along the limestone bluffs west of Bonner Springs.

In order to travel and enjoy his family, he sold his businesses and retired at an early age.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Thelma Stanley; four children, Guy Stanley III of Stanley; Ron Stanley of Bonner Springs; Sharon Moore of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Janie Reilly of Coconut Grove, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa. A celebration of his life followed at the Tuilleries Clubhouse, 107th and Glenwood, Overland Park.

The family suggests contributions to The Saint Francis Academy ( or your favorite charity.

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