Carlyle “Carl” “Stan” Merrill Stanley, 82, of West Union, S.C., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Carlyle was born March 4, 1936, in the Rice Lake hospital, Barron County, Wis., to Merrill Ernest and Hattie Anna Flor Stanley. He graduated from Chetek High School in 1954. He married Lauretta “Rita” Marie Tuthill on Jan. 3, 1962. Carl was career Navy, serving from Jan 6, 1955, to March 15, 1974, out of Long Beach, Calif., and elsewhere, serving again from Jan. 27, 1982, to Nov. 23, 1984, in New York and elsewhere.
He spent a large part of his life defending our freedom with the United States Navy as an Electrician’s Mate First Class (E6). He was a Vietnam veteran and a direct participant in the testing of nuclear weapons at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands during Operation Hardtack 1 in 1958. He is considered an “atomic veteran” and served as a Vietnam-era veteran. It was clear that this unique time in his life was one of the most important and significant events of his career with the United States Navy and something he was very proud of.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Donna Lee (Charles R.) Scealf, and her children, of West Union, S.C.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Yvonne (Harold) Lindblad, of Chetek, and Anna Mae (James) Axness, of Portage, Wis.; plus many nephews, nieces, cousins, a sister-in-law, Pat, and a brother-in-law, Bob.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, in 2001; his son, Billie, in 1969; his parents; a brother, Max (Pat) Stanley, in 2011; and a sister, Arlene (Bob) Stoik, in 2011.
A private family service will be held with military honors at a later date. After cremation, he will be buried with his wife, Rita.
A special thank-you to all who cared for him in home hospice and at Cottingham Hospice House. Especially a big thank-you to Donna and her family for all their care over the years.
The Blue Ridge Cremation Society of Walhalla, S.C., is assisting the family.