Martin “Lane” Delano Stanley, 76, of Fairplain, West Virginia passed on July 21, 2018 after an extended illness.
Martin was born July 20th, 1942 in Goose Creek, West Virginia, a son to the late Otmer and Clara (Craft) Stanley.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Elaine (Helmick) Stanley, of Ravenswood, WV; daughter Ava Young (David) of Ripley; Marci Stanley-Boger (Christopher) of Savannah, Georgia; grandchildren Cassie Fisher of Staats Mill, Tyler Wallace of Ripley, Hollie Young of Fairmont, Kelsie Young of Ripley and Dominic and Brendan Boger of Savannah, Georgia. He also had one great-granddaughter, Autumn Fisher of Staats Mill.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sophia Cavender of Charleston in 2015.
After graduating Clendenin High School in 1963, Martin began a career in the trucking and vending industry. In 1978, he was named top sales executive for Macke vending. Later, he would become the vending manager for Cantine Vending and Food Services, which oversaw vending and cafeteria operations for businesses like
Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood.
Later, Martin would become hardware and sports department manager at Wal-Mart of Ripley. He retired from a career in sales and management in 1995.
Martin was a master-gardener, learning from his family in rural Kanawha County. His custom-designed and built greenhouses were featured in publications like Mother Earth News. Martin understood what the harvest season meant each Fall; donating goods from his garden to families throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.
He also enjoyed archery and was highlighted in Hunting Magazine in 1973 for his successful pursuit of wild turkeys. Martin understood the responsibility of the hunt, utilizing every part of any animal he pursued.
Martin was an avid fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed strength training and boxing. He also enjoyed motorcycling and playing billiards with his children.
A private service was held July 22nd, 2018 at Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley.
Martin’s family would like to thank Hospice Care of West Virginia for their compassionate care during the last weeks of Martin’s life.