Stansberry, Leslie Doyle
Leslie Doyle Stansberry died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. Per his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Inurnment will be private at a later date.
He was born on May 19, 1924, in rural Albia, Iowa, the son of Everett and Amy Bush Stansberry. He was raised in the Albia area and served in the United States Navy during World War II. During his tour of duty, he served on an auxiliary mine sweeper, “The Osprey.” He was on the first convoy to invade Europe during World War II. He received his honorable discharge on Dec. 15, 1945.
Les was married on Sept. 18, 1949, to Margery Thoma in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Les was employed by the Iowa D. O. T for 35 years. During that time he belonged to a flying club in Davenport, Iowa. He, also, helped instruct in the Hawkeye Scuba Club lessons. Les enjoyed hunting, spending time on his house boat and many trips to Alaska. He enjoyed the time he spent with his family and grandson and friends. Les will always be remembered for his endless stories and humor.
He is survived by his wife, Marge; daughters, Sandra Seger (Gerald) of Cedar Rapids, Nancy Chittenden (Jeff) of Sunrise Beach, Mo. and Karen Desmarais (Bill) of Cedar Rapids; and one grandson,
Colton of Cedar Rapids.
He is also survived by one brother, Louis Stansberry of Knoxville; nieces and nephews; and many friends including his Lansing Marina Friends.
Preceding Les in death were his parents; his sisters, Marie Dodge, Helen McFatridge, Pauline Pearson, Frankie Louise Brown and Maxine Wathan; and one brother, Dwight Stansberry.
Thoughts, memories and online condolences may be left for the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.
Published in The Gazette Feb. 20, 2013.