August 1, 2017

Stanley E. Priest, Died July 28, 2017

Stanley E. Priest
Died July 28, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY – Stanley Edward Priest, 79, of Traverse City, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, July 28, 2017 at French Manor Assisted Living with his loving wife at his side.
Stan was born May 26, 1938 in Roscommon the son of Robert James Priest and Doris Mildred (McClain) Priest.  On Aug. 19, 1995 he married his wife of twenty-two years, Nancy Jane Priest who survives.
As a young man Stan served his nation in the US Army, serving in Germany as a cook and paratrooper.  He loved old cars and restoring them.  Stan and his childhood and life-long friend, Jerry Grosser; worked together on Stan’s beloved El Camino.
He worked at Munson Medical Center Environmental Services and also at Meijers.  He enjoyed reading Louis L’Amore western novels.  In his later years, Stan enjoyed hunting and fishing in the states and hiking (volksmarching) in Germany. 
Stan is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Anthony (Monika) Priest, Jacqueline Priest, Patrick (Sandra) Priest, Jeff Priest, step children, Lori (Ben) Buchan, Ellen (Rick) Montoya, Steve (Carol) Stowe; sisters, Edith Lougheed and Kathryn Martin; and numerous loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Larry, and Mike; and his sisters, Vonnie and Shirley; a brother in law, Jack Lougheed; and a grandson, Kyle McGee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m. at West Bay Covenant Church.  Rev. Kent Anderson will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to West Bay Covenant Church, 12720 S. W. Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City, MI 49686.
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  1. Stan was a dear friend for over 25 years. We shared so many great memories and laughs together. He was always ready with a great joke and we often spoke in German together. Nancy & Stan frequently came out to hear my band play, and many times we would ride with them in their motor home and just have a blast. When they got married, I sang "The Rose" at their wedding. Stan always liked Randy Travis music and now every time I hear Randy's music, I think of Stan. My love and condolences to Nancy and Stan's wonderful family. I am forever blessed for having a great friend in my life.

  2. Anonymous2:14 PM

    Dear Zeek,

    my sincere condolences to you and your family.

    To me Stan was an upright man, as one does not meet every day.

    As a young man he taught me what hospitality means, and it was being accepted into your family like another son without question.

    I too will miss him, as a fine man and great fatherly counselor and friend.

    I will never forget the time at home with Stanley an your family in Oberwildflecken.

    Your Friend & Brother

    Norbert Erbacher, Wertheim Germany

  3. Tom Webster9:01 AM

    I was sorry to hear of Stan's passing.I enjoyed working with him at Meijer. He was always a hoot.He was a good man and will be missed. Tom Webster