Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wayne Stanek Passes Away

      MSgt. William Wayne (Stan) Stanek, USAF (Ret), passed into the arms of Jesus on May 18, 2017, after a brave battle with Parkinson's and Cancer. 
      He was born in Baltimore, MD on June 2, 1939, to William J and Marie Piraino Stanek and moved to Annapolis in 1944. After graduation from of St Mary's High School Wayne joined the Air Force where he served his Country for 30 years. As an Airman, he had the opportunity to serve his Country during peace and war. He was stationed in Texas, Morocco, Plattsburgh NY, where he learned to ski and even had the opportunity to try the bobsled track at Lake Placid. He then went to Cheyenne, Wyoming where in addition to his military duty, he was a ski instructor. During the Vietnam war, Wayne served two tours and rode along on the defoliation missions. It was during the Vietnam war that he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. While stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC Wayne had the opportunity to serve as Military escort to Congressional leaders on their travels outside the US. It was during this time that he traveled all over the world. To countries too numerous to mention. In 1977 he married his soul mate Jean who predeceased him. However, they were able to share a once in a lifetime assignment at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. For three years, in addition to his regular tour, Wayne and Jean would travel all over Europe, and when they weren't traveling, they loved to participate in various Volks Marches through the Forests of Germany. It was one of his favorite assignments. Following his retirement, Wayne was able to complete his degree in Business and Management graduating from University of Maryland, University College. Never one to be idle, Wayne worked at the McKeldon Library at the University of Maryland, Renditions Golf Course, and volunteered at the Anne Arundel County Sherriff's office. He was a member of Davidsonville Radio Club, and as a Ham operator, he volunteered to provide communication services for Cycle Across America and the National MS Society's 50K walks. He loved to ride his Harley, and his most prized possession was his 2016 Camaro Convertible.
      Wayne is survived by his sister Rosemary Warren, 2 step sons Michael Stone of Crownsville, MD and Donald Stone, of Parkton. He is also survived by four grandchildren Andrew, Courtney, Joseph and Angela and his niece, Heather Neish.
       A memorial service will be held on Saturday. June 10, 2017, at 10:00 am at Community United Methodist Church, 1690 Riedel Rd., Crofton, MD. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville on Monday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403. An online guestbook is available at

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