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Eugene Earl Stanley

Jan 2, 2021

Dec. 11, 1952 – Dec. 28, 2020

Eugene Earl Stanley

born December 11, 1952

at Sibley, Iowa to his

parents Clarence and Mel-

va (Karges) Stanley. He

died at the age of 68 years

on Monday December

28th, 2020 at their coun-

try home designed by

them and built by him.

His early years were

lived in Allendorf, Iowa,

Fairhaven, IL, and Drake,

ND. In 1967 the family

moved to Elgin, ND. He

graduated from Elgin Pub-

lic High School. Eugene

had a long time personal

relationship with Jesus.

Eugene’s witness was a

source of great encourage-

ment to many and

brought those who knew

him closer to God. He

spent a few summers as

a camp counselor for the

mentally handicapped at

Wesley Acres, was also a

houseparent at a Hopi

Native American School

in Arizona for a brief


On August 20, 1977 he

was united in marriage to

Ruth Gupman of Lem-

mon, SD. Following their

marriage and while rais-

ing a family he worked for

Dakota Fire Extinguishers,

attended school for auto

body repair, was foreman

of the Sheep Creek Coal-

mine, Attended Technical

College for Electrical mo-

tor repair and had several

private businesses. He

designed and built stump

grinders and had a stump

grinding business. Also a

worm casting farm, a

U-pick strawberry patch, a

lawn spraying business,

windshield repair, an in-

dustrial range hood clean-

ing business and Dakota

Prairie Woodworking. He

currently worked for

Heart of America Ag Ser-

vices of Rugby, ND and

Goodon Industries.

He is remembered as a

kind, quiet, gentle, loving

husband, father and

grandfather. He enjoyed

giving 4 wheeler rides and

sitting on the deck enjoy-

ing the sunset and making

popcorn balls and rice

krispy bars. He also en-

joyed woodworking, hunt-

ing and fishing. Especially

enjoyed teaching the

grandchildren how to

hunt gophers. He was gift-

ed with his hands,

creative and artistic.

He is survived by his

wife Ruth (Gupman) and

three children. Lisa (Clay-

ton) Birkland and their

two sons, Levi and Seth.

Michael (Kayla) Stanley

and their three children,

Shyla, Hudson and Kolt.

Jennifer (Wes) Loughman,

their three children,

Oliver, Bennett, and

Agnes. Mother-in-law Lu-

ella Gupman and

honorary son CJ


Special tribute to the

neighbors and friends

(especially Rachel Huwe

and daughters Hannah,

Tabitha and Sarah, Josh

Dockter, Bob and Deb

Schmaltz, Cindy

Schwartz, niece Amanda,

Pastor Gary, Mark Ostrem

and Doug Borgen to name

a few) and the faithful

prayer warriors who

went above and beyond to

provide support, love and

comfort in the last few

months. He was preced-

ed in death by

brother-in-law John Gup-

man, father-in-law Philip

Gupman, Father, Clarence

Stanley, Mother, Melva

Stanley and

brother-in-law Gary Abra-


Memorial services will

be held at 1:00 p.m. Satur-

day, January 2 at the Cal-

vary Evangelical Free

Church in Rugby with

burial at 3:30pm in the

Persilla Watts Cemetery,

Rugby. Pastor Mike Lund-

berg and Rev. Gary Dorn,


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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