Stanley A. Thurber

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 July 2020 at 7:28 pm

Stanley Thurber

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Stanley A. Thurber, 87, of Medina, began his eternal life with Jesus on Thu., July 23, 2020. Stan was born to the late Gordon and Esther Thurber on Oct. 24, 1932.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann M. (Davis), whom he married on Aug. 16, 1952.

His loving and vivacious spirit lives on through his four surviving children, Vicky (Darrell) Klotzbach, Daniel (Diane) Thurber of Medina, Scott (Deborah) Thurber of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie (Rick) Mufford of Lyndonville; his brother, Roger (Katherine) Thurber of Basom; his 15 grandchildren, Darelyn, Mark, Joy, Andrew, Michelle, Sam, Jerod, Matthew, Rick Jr., Whitney, Nathaniel, Katelyn, Bethany, Timothy and Heather; his 28 (soon to be 29!) great-grandchildren; and his close ministry partner of the past three years, Dawn DiPaolo.

Stan “The Happy Man” touched the lives of boundless individuals through his lifelong service to the public, his country, and the ministry. He served as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953, after which he returned home to operate his business, Stan’s Heating and Electric.  But what he valued above all was his 65+ years of service to the ministry, teaching others about his “best friend Jesus.” He built the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church in Ridgeway, where he was pastor for 41 years. After retirement, he continued to minister to everyone (even those he only met once) through Stan’s Grams – his “Ministry by Mail,” along with several other special ministry groups.

We are blessed to have learned many valuable lessons from Stan during his 87 years. Among them: you can make anything work with a few zip ties and a little duct tape; sing a song to everyone you meet; feed every animal (and person!) you see; and never miss dessert! More importantly, he taught us: we could make anything work with Jesus; to offer unfailing love to everyone we meet; to be patriotic; to take care of each other; and never miss an opportunity to share the Gospel. It is our family’s greatest pleasure to rejoice with all the angels of heaven to celebrate the home-going of Stanley A. Thurber.

Calling hours will be held on Tue., July 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. These will be followed with a memorial service on Wed., July 29 at 1 p.m. Due to the innumerable lives he touched, the service will also be streamed live on Facebook on the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Facebook page. Any donations or flowers may be sent directly to Oak Orchard Assembly of God at 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Stan at