Stanley, Peter Julian (Died on 14 Sep 2011)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 22 Sep 2011, p. 30

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Stanley, Peter Julian 92, died peacefully on September 14, 2011 in Billings,MT. Peter was born December 23, 1918 in Toronto, Canada to Julian Stanley (Cohn) and the former Winifred Soanes. In 1923, his family moved to the United States and settled in Evanston, Illinois where his father worked as an insurance actuary and his mother owned and managed a book store. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1936. After graduation, he began engineering studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology and joined the Illinois National Guard. His unit was inducted into federal service during the summer of 1940. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was on a troop ship leaving New York Harbor as part of Task Force 6814, headed for the South Pacific. In the fall of 1944 he completed Signal Corps officer candidate school at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After the war, he returned to Chicago and completed his mechanical engineering degree in 1948. He spent many years in Chicago and Indianapolis working as a mechanical engineer in the manufacturing industry. He was employed as an engineer at various metal fabrication businesses in the Chicago area and worked in Indianapolis, Indiana as a production engineer and plant manager. He received a patent for a jet pump he designed. On October 17, 1947, he married the former Polly Reeves Elliott. Peter and Polly raised four children in Evanston, Illinois. They loved to travel and many of their travels were part of Elder Hostel programs. They gathered family and friends to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in Durango, Colorado and everyone rode a club car on the railroad to Silverton. Polly Stanley passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana in March, 1999. Peter had a strong interest in geology, orienteering, all aspects of natural history and many other topics. He was an amateur geologist, a voracious reader, a fast driver. Nothing pleased him more than a 'field trip' to a local site of geological interest or a picnic where he could demonstrate his culinary skills manning the grill. He was dedicated to the Boy Scouts as a youth and as an adult leader. He was a local officer with the Boy Scouts of America, the Toastmasters andthe Evanston Bicycle Club. He enjoyed his volunteer duties as a docent at the Indiana Museum in Indianapolis from 1976 to 2000 and at the Western Heritage Center beginning in 2000 when he moved to Billings. His survivors include his children Sarah Jane Stanley Weed (David) of Warren, Rhode Island, Julia Reeves Stanley (Said Rida) of Washington, D.C., Peter Todd Stanley (Dianne) of Billings and Alan Robert Stanley of Billings; grandchildren Amy Noel Hahn (Jonathan Weinberg), Jonathan Weed (Janaya), Robert Stanley, Paul Stanley and Katherine Stanley; great grandchild Sam Weinberg; brothers-in-law Norman Schucart and Robert Elliott, numerous nephews and friends. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory are suggested to the Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave., Billings, MT 59101.

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22 Sep 2011
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14 Sep 2011
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Stanley, Peter Julian (Died on 14 Sep 2011)