Obituary of Joel Ray Stanley
January 28, 1973 – September 11, 2019
Joel Ray Stanley. Age 46 of Southgate.
Beloved son of Joyce Stanley. Loving brother of Rose Nixon, Kenneth Stanley, Jason Stanley and the late Yvonne Oldenburg. Dear uncle of Nacol Hicks, Abigail Williams, Emma Williams, MaeBelle Oldenburg and Ava Oldenburg. Dearest nephew of Darlene Patrias. Also survived by his wife Bobbi Stanley. Preceded in death by his father Kenneth Stanley.
I'm so proud to have had Joel for a brother. He and my dad were the first two men in my life I looked up to. Joel introduced me to so much. So many wonderful things: science, Star Trek, Star Wars, Bond, all things British, U of M, Go Blue! Camping, air shows, ham radio, weather watching, and so many more. The greatest lesson I learned from him was that the mind is as vital as the heart. He was the smartest man I knew. Yes, he was eccentric but those eccentricities were a part of him and part of his charm. Common sense may have eluded him, but that didn't stop him from trying. Trying his best at what life had to offer and throw at him. "There's always going to be a risk, but unless an attempt is made you won't know." That was the last thing he ever said to me. Those are words to live by, and I wouldn't expect anything less from him. Always teaching, always curious, always trying to the very end.
I love you, Joel. I'm so proud...very proud you are my brother.