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Horseman, Raceway Park owner Arnold Stansley dies

April 26, 2017

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Arnold William Stansley, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Friday, April 21, after losing his seven-year battle with ALS. He was 84.

He was born on June 16, 1932 in Sylvania, to Peter and Grace Stansley. Mr. Stansley was a successful businessman with many different business interests throughout his life, but his life revolved around family. As such, he partnered with his brother Richard Stansley in the trucking and excavating business (Sylvester Materials), he partnered with his brother-in-law and sister Jack and Cheri Lenavitt in a salvage yard (AJ's Auto) as well as mutual ownership of several racetracks (Raceway Park, Trinity Meadows and Colonial Downs).

His love for horses was evident from an early age and it kept him involved in training and racing horses much of his life. He partnered with the aforementioned as well as his cousin Chuck Sylvester in the ownership, training and racing of Standardbred racehorses.

Mr. Stansley had a passion for being "on the road." One of his favorite past times was traveling around in his "bus" often taking family members and many others to different destinations both near and far.

Mr. Stansley is survived by his loving wife Georgia "Jeanne"; sons, Arnold Jr., Mark (Michele) and Brett (Holly); stepsons, Jeff and Todd Walasinski; 11 grandchildren: Alicia (Mike Hollifield) Stansley, Samantha (Ali) Merhi, Mario Stansley, Chad (Tricia) Walasinski, David (Shannon) Walasinski, Danny (Walasinski), Dominic Stansley, Mackenzie Stansley, Matthew Stansley, Mitchell Stansley and Ashton Utz; 4 great grandchildren, Hydar and Zeynab Merhi, Sebastian Stansley, and Kara Walasinski; sister, Cheri (Jack) Lenavitt; brother, Richard (Darlene) Stansley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Laura Walasinski.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, April 29, at Little Flower Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association of Northern Ohio, 6155 Rockside Rd. #403, Independence, Ohio 44131. (Reeb Funeral Home)

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