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Thomas C. Stansberry, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 8:19 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo. He was born Jan. 18, 1936, in Fairmont, West Virginia, the son of the late Milford Creed and Venadel Naomi (Yost) Stansberry. On Oct. 4, 1958, he married Cecelia A. Rowand, and she survives.
Thomas was a 1954 graduate of West Fairmont Senior High School in West Virginia, and a 1962 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he was a member of Kappa Eta Kappa. He served with the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of sergeant.
Thomas retired from General Motors as a senior electrical engineer after 40 years of service. He was a member of Fairfield Christian Church and the Kokomo Jaycees, serving as past president. Thomas enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, camping, traveling, and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Cecelia A. Stansberry, Greentown; children, Christina (Christopher) Avery, Kokomo, and Diana (Kiah) Stansberry-Sando, Greentown; grandchildren, Courtnay (Adam) Titus, Kokomo, and Taylor (Nicholas) Stansberry-Matthews, Goshen; great-grandchildren, Royal G. Titus, and Lincoln C. Titus, both of Kokomo; grand fur baby, Nola Matthews; sister-in-law, Joyce Stansberry, Kokomo, and brother-in-law, Arley Simmons, Fairview, West Virginia; and several special nieces and nephews.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Milford and Avis Stansberry, and Venadel and John C. Johnson; brother, Kenneth David Stansberry; sister, Sue Hannah Simmons; stepsister, Mary Catherine Stephens; and brothers-in-law, Harry (Jackie) Rowand, Joseph "Dick" (Julie) Rowand, Thomas (Sandra) Rowand.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Lynn Coleman officiating and his nephew, Pastor Jacob Stansberry, offering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery, with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Kokomo Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Thomas' memory to the American Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on August 9, 2017
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