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William Jr. “Dick” Stanley

Graveside services for William Jr. “Dick” Stanley, 93, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. 


Mr. Stanley passed away at 6:13 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Ozarks Medical Center. 


He was born July 29, 1926, at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, to John William and Julia Gannon Stanley.  On March 1, 1950, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Helen L. Acklin.  Dick had been a farmer in the Howell Valley area for sixty-eight years.  He enjoyed working on lawnmowers and helping anyone with a need.  Dick was a quiet, humble man who loved his family and others.  A special thanks to our grandson, Will, for making his grandpa’s last few weeks happy and enjoyable. 


He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Helen; his son, Gene Stanley and wife, Toy; four grandchildren, Regina Gower and husband, Randall, Selina Stanley, Audrea Ritter and husband, Shaun and Will Stanley and wife, Brittany; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons; two special brothers-in-law, Robert Acklin and Ronald Acklin and wife, Marsha; special nieces, Connie Riley and Carolyn Girdley and husband, Lynn; many special friends including Jackie and Larry Dean and the Grisham family. 


His parents, four brothers, Clyde, Glen, Cleo and Marvin Stanley and two sisters, Ruby Moon and Ruth Proctor, and several nieces and nephews, preceded him in death. 


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Junction Hill Pentecostal Church and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at