Stanley J. Exeter, 90, of Moosic, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton where he was a resident for the last nine years. He was born in Moosic on September 27, 1927 and was the son of the late Stanley and Mary Allen Exeter.
Stanley was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, Avoca (SS Peter and Paul parish). He was a graduate of St. John’s High School, Pittston and enlisted with the US Navy and served during WWII. After the war, he attended Temple University, Philadelphia and played football there for two seasons. He then obtained a master’s degree in economics from the University of Scranton, where he also played football. Stanley then re-enlisted with the US Navy in November of 1950 and served during the Korean War along with the US Marine Corp during the battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Stanley retired from Proctor and Gamble. After retirement, he was employed as a professor for the University of Scranton and Lackawanna County Community College, teaching courses in economics. Stanley was a former Moosic Borough councilman.He was a founding member of the Spike Island Easter Egg Hunt, a member of the Moosic Lions Club, a lifetime member of the Dupont VFW, Post 4909, the Moosic American Legion, a member of the Avoca VFW, Post 8335, a social member of the Dupont Polish Club, Dupont and the West Side Social Club, Avoca.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (Whitaker) Exeter, who died March 19, 2016; his children, Cheryl, Michelle, Steven and Marie; his sister, Celestine Popple; and his brother, Allen “Echer” Exeter.
Stanley is survived by his children, Regina Meyers of Colorado Springs, CO, Mark Exeter, Mary Ellen Gray, and Jane Sterling all of Moosic and Stanley Jr. and his wife Laurie, of Royersford, PA; and sisters, Ceil Exter, of Moosic, Joy Markowski, of Moosic and Theresa Janes, of Taylor. Also surviving are his extended family members, John T. “Chick” Boone, Mary George, and Gloria Kostiak, 17 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-randchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Stanley’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and the ASERA Hospice for their excellent care and compassion given to Stanley over the last nine years.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 22nd at 9:30am at Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends may call on Sunday evening, January 21st from 5-8pm at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church on Monday morning for mass. There will be no procession from the funeral home. AMVETS Honor Guard of Greater Pittston will provide Military Honors. Interment services will be privately held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Welfare Fund at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.