Wayne Stanley “Stan” Tolley

May 25, 1941 - September 23, 2020
Wayne Stanley “Stan” Tolley

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Wayne Stanley “Stan” Tolley, 79 of East Liverpool, Ohio, passed away on September 23, 2020 at East Liverpool City Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Stan was born on May 25, 1941 in Hampton, TN the son of Lewis and Elsie (Clark) Tolley.  He moved from TN with his family and spent his youth in West Virginia where he graduated from Wells High School with the class of 1958.

At the age of 17, Stan enlisted in the United States Air Force and began his career stationed in Nebraska.  He spent the next 20 years proudly serving his country until his retirement in 1978.  After his retirement, he spent many years working in various industries throughout the United States.

Although Stan was very accomplished throughout his life, his most prized accomplishment was his family and grandchildren.  He enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren and could often be found taking them to guitar lessons, local restaurants or hanging out with them while their parents worked.  Stan also loved music.  He was most interested in country music but also had a knack for playing guitar.

His memory will forever be cherished by: his wife, Mary Ellen Gray Tolley, whom he married on December 23, 1992; his sons: Michael Tolley of Omaha, NB, Edward (Dianna) Hazelet of East Liverpool, OH, Richard (Pegi) Hazelet of Sunbury, OH, and Robert (Mary Beth) Hazelet of East Liverpool, OH; two daughters: Susan (Tom) Malone of Omaha, NB and Lori (Kenny) Butcher of Newell, WV.  He also leaves behind his sister, Sandra DeeBee of Chester, WV and 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren whom he adored.  Also surviving is his neighbor and special friend, Mike Koenig, who was always there when needed.

Along with his parents, Stan was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kristyn “Skeeter bug” Butcher.

Visitation will be held at Care Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists- Martin Chapel (Formerly known as Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home) 15872 St Clair Avenue Calcutta, OH on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from noon until 2PM.  The funeral will take place at 2PM with Pastor Ian Leyda of Longs Run Trinity Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial will take place in Spring Grove Cemetery.

In compliance with Ohio State Regulations and in connection to the COVID-19 public health crisis proper social distancing will be required.

You may view this obituary, send condolences to the family, and sign the guest book at carechapel.com


Saturday, September 26, 2020
2:00 PM

Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists – Martin Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Ave
East Liverpool, OH 43920

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  • September 25, 2020
    Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Wayne Stanley Tolley, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Wayne Stanley Tolley, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  • September 26, 2020
    Mary Jane & Richard Dickinson says:
    Thinking of you Mary Ellen and your family.

  • September 27, 2020
    gloria Davis says:
    Thinking of you and your family. My sincere sympathy,

  • October 09, 2020
    Kelly Weyand Matts says:
    Mary Ellen, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. Love you my other mother, Dave, Kelly, Tara & Tori Jayden and Lucas