Thomas C. Stansberry

Born: Sat., Jan. 18, 1936
Died: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 10, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

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Thomas C. Stansberry, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 8:19 am Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo.  He was born January 18, 1936, in Fairmont, WV, the son of the late Milford Creed & Venadel Naomi (Yost) Stansberry.  On October 4, 1958, he married Cecelia A. Rowand and she survives.

Thomas was a 1954 graduate of West Fairmont Senior High School in WV, and a 1962 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he was a member of Kappa Eta Kappa.  He served with the United States Marine Corp, earning the rank of Sergeant.

 Thomas retired from General Motors as a Senior Electrical Engineer after 40 years of service.  He was a member of Fairfield Christian Church, and the Kokomo Jaycees, where he served as past president.  Thomas enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, camping, traveling, and was an avid Indiana University basketball fan. 

Thomas is survived by his wife, Cecelia A. Stansberry, Greentown; children, Christina (Christopher) Avery, Kokomo, and Diana (Kiah) Stansberry-Sando, Greentown; grandchildren, Courtnay (Adam) Titus, Kokomo, and Taylor (Nicholas) Stansberry-Matthews, Goshen; great-grandchildren, Royal G. Titus, and Lincoln C. Titus, both of Kokomo; grand fur baby, Nola Matthews; sister-in-law, Joyce Stansberry, Kokomo and brother-in-law, Arley Simmons, Fairview, WV along with several special nieces and nephews.

Thomas was preceded in death by his Parents, Milford & Avis Stansberry, and Venadel & John C. Johnson, brother, Kenneth David Stansberry, sister, Sue Hannah Simmons, and step-sister, Mary Catherine Stephens; brothers-in-law, Harry (Jackie) Rowand, Joseph “Dick” (Julie) Rowand, Thomas (Sandra) Rowand.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, August 11, 2017, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with Pastor Lynn Coleman officiating and his nephew, Pastor Jacob Stansberry to offer the eulogy.  Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corp and the Kokomo Military Rites Team.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Thomas’ memory to the American Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be left online at  

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Jennifer Stansberry
   Posted Wed August 09, 2017
A wonderful man, someone whom I have looked up to. Words just cannot express how honored I am to have known this man. He was honorable, and gracious. Rest In Peace, Uncle Tommy.

Lindsey Weber
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017

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Darren, Barb, Isabella, & Sofie
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you💐.

Jeffrey Stricker
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
Tom, A good friend and associate at work. Will miss your great insight into all things technical. God bless you.

Ed Lopke
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
So sorry to hear about Tom's passing. Tom and I both graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Tom in 1962 and I in 1963. We were both
GM - Delco employees. He was a neat guy who will be missed. May he rest in peace !

Linda Miner
   Posted Fri August 11, 2017
Tom was my friend and i will miss him. Cecelia, Tom loved you with his whole heart. Being a husband, father, and grandfather was the most important job he ever had. He loved his family. May God comfort and bless you!

Joe jenkins
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Tom and I graduated together from FSHS (1954). We were always friends and he will be missed. My mother and his were also good friends. God Bless your family.