Stanley David Gregory
August 7, 1955 – September 3, 2023
Stanley (Stan the Man) David Gregory of Evansville and Noblesville, Indiana, was carried on angels’ wings to his heavenly home on September 3,2023. He was 68. Stan had a big personality and his passing leaves a large void in the lives of those that knew and loved him.
Stan was born in Princeton, Indiana on August 7, 1955, to the late Iola (Rohl) and Lennis Gregory. He spent his early years on the farm of his grandparents, ‘Pop’ and ‘Little Mom,’ where he learned how to drive tractors and tend to cattle. He attended Ft. Branch High School and Indiana State University, Terre Haute, where he joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He transferred to the University of Southern Indiana where he played trumpet for ‘The Mid-America Singers,’ and earned a bachelor's degree in business. He started his professional career in banking and then worked in various levels of management at P.B. & S. Chemical Company. Following that, he spent several years in the insurance industry.
But his personal life far eclipsed his business career. He loved to cook for family and friends and often arrived at a gathering with several overflowing dishes of food to share. His passion for feeding others expanded greatly after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. In him was ignited a goal to serve others and he responded to many natural disasters in the following years, providing meals to thousands of people that had been affected by storms, and befriending everyone he met.
Stan had a deep faith and felt strongly connected to the Holy Spirit. He attended the United Methodist Church throughout most of his life.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed being outdoors. He loved being behind the wheel of a boat with the wind blowing in his face and the stereo cranked up as loud as possible. He liked many types of music and took up the guitar in recent years, teaching himself to play the blues. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed cruising in the Caribbean Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
To say Stan was a do-it-yourselfer is an understatement. He would happily tackle any fix-it projects from construction, to plumbing, to electrical. He had a knack with engines and kept many running long after they might otherwise have worn out. Once a difficult repair was completed, he often yelled “Who’s your daddy now?” to the now-functioning object.
In addition to his parents, Stan is preceded in death by his grandparents Earnest and Cova Rohl, his aunt Mayme (Rohl) and uncle Robert Bates, as well as uncles Donald Rohl, Charles Adams, and Robert Sollman.
He is survived by his wife Susan (Wedeking) Gregory, son Brandon and daughter-in-law Aleah (Stander) Gregory, daughter Andrea (Gregory) and son-in-law Derek Johnson. Becoming a grandfather brought him immense joy and he loved being ‘Pop’ to Blake and Rachel Gregory, and Josephine (JoJo) and Jacob Johnson. Being around them brought out his silly side and he enjoyed rolling around on the floor with them and making up funny words to make them laugh.
Also surviving Stan are his sister Anne Gregory, brother-in-law Donald Wedeking, Jr., aunts Betty (Rohl) Adams and Jeannie (Rohl) Sollman, cousins-in-law Sally Hacker and Susan Ashley, along with several additional cousins. Among those that will miss him are his canine companions Coco and Sammy.
There will be a celebration of Stan’s life on Saturday, September 16, from 1 - 3 p.m. EST at The Maples at Spring Mill Clubhouse, 17083 Huntley Place in Westfield, Indiana. Remarks and remembrances will be shared beginning at 1:15. Casual dress.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross or any organization of your choice that provides disaster relief or care for animals.