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Stanton, Speed William - d. 2006

Speed William Stanton, 90. Atchison, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Heartland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph.

Mr Stanton was born April 10, 1916, in Atchison, the son of John C and Amanda Inez (Bailey) Stanton. He grew up on the family farm in Platte County, Mo., southeast of Atchison. He attended Platte County School No. 13 in a one-room schoolhouse and later attended high school in Atchison. He attended St. Benedict's in 1935 and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in 1937.

Mr. Stanton was a part-time student at George Washington University from 1938 to 1941 and was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Beach Erosion and Shore Protection Board, which in 1941 became part of the Corps Intelligence Department, frozen on the job for the duration of WWII and classified as a photogrammetric engineer.

Speed was a member of the First Christian Church and an elder emeritus. He was a life member of the Kansas Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, having served on the board and for a term as president. He served as chairman of Platte County, Mo., Farm Bureau; Platte County Zoning and Planning Commission; and various school and levee district boards; and circuit and district court commissioner appointments.

He was a past member of the Rushville, Mo., Masonic Lodge; Atchison Rotary Club and Bellevue Country Club. He served as president of the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, and Atchison Economic Development Board during the acquisition and development of the Shannon Industrial Park. He served on the board of directors of the Exchange National Bank from 1958 to 1965. From 1960 to 1965, he served as vice-president and agriculture representative of the Exchange National Bank.

From 1966 to 1980, he was associated with the Commerce Investment Co. as a real estate broker in Kansas and Missouri independent fee appraiser and professional farm manager. In 1980, he sold his interest in the company and continued as an independent broker. In 2002, Speed continued his interest in farm management, agriculture consultant and real estate appraisal.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed Lake Ida near Alexandria, Minn.

He married Madalyn Francis Brahler on Sept. 14, 1939. She preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1973. He later married Joan L Roth in 1975. They divorced in 1994. On Feb. 21, 1996, he married Emma Jo Foley, a great wife and best friend!  

Additional survivors include his daughter, Sheila C. Stanton, and her husband, David Geddes of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Amanda Stanton-Geddes, and her husband, Andrew McCulloh; Vanessa Stanton-Geddes; and twins, John Stanton-Geddes and Michael Stanton-Geddes; adopted French granddaughter, Agnes Rey; great-grandchildren, Henry Speed (lil Speed) McCulloh; and twins, Greg and Dean McCulloh; and beloved family friend, Nancy Piercy.

Speed was preceded in death by his first wife, Madalyn; his son, Richard B. Stanton on June 18, 1966; and his parents.

A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the First Christian Church. Atchison, with the Rev. Lee Hendon officiating. The body has been cremated. Inurnment will be at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison.

Source:  St. Joseph News-Press, 3 Aug 2006

Contributed By:  Shirleen Gartin

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