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Don Stanley

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Don Stanley, 82, of Ironwood, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2020.

Don was born on May 28, 1937, in Iron River, a son of Edward and Florence (Sunn) Stanley. He attended Stambaugh Area High School and graduated in 1955. Don was an excellent student and an outstanding athlete in tennis, baseball, football and hockey. He was the U.P. tennis champion in 1954.

Following graduation, Don enrolled at Northern Michigan University and earned a bachelor of arts degree, followed by a master of arts degree at the University of Michigan and an education specialist degree in curriculum and educational media from Eastern Michigan University. He also completed courses in math and science at Mercer University and Michigan Technological University.

Don was a teacher and principal at the Stambaugh Area Schools and a supervisor, curriculum coordinator, principal and assistant superintendent at the Milan Area Schools. He retired in 1988 and moved to Little Girl's Point.

"A tribute from his fellow teachers and administrators listed him as an exemplary and revered authority - a man of conviction, kind, fair-minded, vigorous, stable - a comrade and leader both."

Don was a traveler, gardener, gourmet cook and lover of classical music and books by Thomas Merton.

He was a faithful member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Saxon, Wis., and a supporting member of St. Ann's Service Club.

Don is survived by a nephew, Keith Brey, Eagle River; and two nieces, Lynn DellAngelo, Iron River, and Louisa Krafft, Madison, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Keith; and a sister, Lois Brey.

In accordance with Don's wishes, cremation will take place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Saxon. The date and time will be announced later.

Rite of Committal and interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.

Expressions of affection in a charitable contribution in Don's memory are suggested in lieu of flowers to St. Ann's Service Club, 200 Church St., Saxon, WI 54559.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at

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