A memorial service will be held 2pm on August 3, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1450 Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to: Transplant Living Centers, 23405 E. 5th Pl, Suite 105, Aurora, CO 80018.

John Edgar Stansbery Jr.

In Loving Memory
November 18, 1950
Passed Away:
July 25, 2016
Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held 2pm on August 3, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1450 Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to: Transplant Living Centers, 23405 E. 5th Pl, Suite 105, Aurora, CO 80018.

John Edgar Stansbery Jr., 65, of Aurora, CO, passed away on July 25th in Aurora, CO.
Born November 18, 1950, in Seattle, Washington, he was the son of the late John E. Stansbery and Betty Lou Racine.
John attended Newport High School in Bellevue, WA before enlisting in the US Army in 1970. Soon thereafter he met his bride, Barbara Workman, on a blind date, and then married in her hometown of Lancaster, PA, in 1971. His time in the service took him to both coasts, Pusan, South Korea, and Vicenza, Italy. John served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Southwest Asia from 1990-1991. After 24 years in the military, he retired as a First Sergeant, E-8, in 1994. John has an Associate Degree from the Georgia Military Institute.
John later went on to work at various firms around the Denver metro area before bladder cancer struck in 1999. He successfully fought that before requiring a lung transplant due to complications from COPD in 2009. Afterward, John was very active with the Transplant Living Centers (TLC) and the transplant community, serving as a mentor to the transplant patients and working with families during the transplant process.
John is survived by his wife Barbara of Aurora, CO; his sons Jack and his wife Amy of Highlands Ranch, CO, Kurt and his wife Michelle of Prague, CZ, and daughter Amanda Fletcher and husband Jeremy of Aurora, CO; 10 grandchildren, Nicholas and Alex of Prague, CZ, Mirabel and Hudson of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Brooklyn, Brianna, Maxwell, Evan, Je’ni and Crissa of Aurora, CO; He is also survived by his brother Tom of Bellingham, WA, sister Judi Johnston and her husband Chris of Stanwood, WA, niece Callie Jackson and her husband Mathew of Lake Stevens, WA, and nephew Samuel Johnston of Lake Stevens, WA.


14 Responses to John Edgar Stansbery Jr.

  1. Judi says:

    Dear Brother John,
    I love you. You are truly the most remarkable person I have ever known (even tho you (and Tom) picked on me relentlessly in our youth). You are a fighter, warrior spirit, I have never seen you intimidated by anything. You are fair, kind, and you stand for what is just. Jack said it best when he said you are genuine. You are the first to see mom and dad. You are already missed, but you will never be forgotten. I’m proud of you, proud of Barb, proud of Jack, Kurt and Amanda – and there’s just so much love in my heart for you that it almost hurts. I am so, so grateful to know that this is a see ya later and not a goodbye. I love you!

  2. Candi Harms says:

    John was a wonderful man and very dear friend. He will be greatly missed. My love to your family at this time Barbara.

  3. Jeff and Ann Machamer says:

    Such a wonderful man, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  4. Carla Moran says:

    John, you were one of the most dedicated and honest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to know and work with. May you be at peace now. Barbara thank you for always keeping us updated on his health and happiness over the last several years. He loved you and his family greatly.

  5. Andy Mirdik says:

    John, may you rest in peace. Your suffering is over. If there is another phase of existence, say hello to my Marilyn. We both thought very highly of you, and will miss your humor and bacon!

  6. Joyce and Terry Bartell says:

    John is the epitome of what we strive for..honest, compassionate, loads of fun, pretty mischievous, loving, grateful and thoughtful. We miss you.

  7. Mark Rodriguez says:

    John you were my first mentor as I moved into TLC and all you taught me was exactly what I needed and I appreciate you more than you ever knew. Fly free and breathe deep my lung brother. Thank you for becoming my first friend in Colorado after transplant, treating my parents so well, and thank you for all you did for the transplant community. God bless you John. My prayers are with Barbara and the rest of the family.

  8. Arthur Sensenig & Trudi McCall says:

    John, over the years became “Uncle” John and Barb became Barbara “Jane”. Can’t say how it happened, it just did. How do you put in a sentence or two what 18 years of friendship looks like, but we’ll try. Friendship is when you call and ask for “John’s Pickup Service” to move a 5′ mirror, and he says, (“Sure, I’ll meet you there!’). Only later do we find out that he put down his paint bucket and wrapped his brush so that he could meet us and haul our mirror. Friendship is calling us and making arrangements for dinner at “Chez’Trudi’s” for a friend of his who had no idea “Chez Trudi’s” was our back yard. Friendship is debating……debating everything from politics, music, religion or football. It didn’t matter the subject, it was meaningful, sometimes funny, and always thought provoking! Discussions that we will truly miss. We witnessed John’s battle over the years and how he never focused on it. The disease did not define John, he remained “in the game” to the end. We truly mean “in the game”. We were still getting together to play “Chase the Rat” within weeks of his last hospitalization. Rest in peace dear friend, we will miss you so much.
    Loving memories , Trudi and Art

  9. Andrea Brown-Ybarra says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. God’s Grace and Peace be with you always.

  10. Andra Alvarez says:

    My prayers to you all. John was always so kind. It has been years since I have seen him, but I will always remember how much Barbara loved him. He was always so charismatic with a fantastic smile and laugh. Hugs and love to you all.

  11. Joy Stansbery Lunsford says:

    I remember all of us getting together with our parents when we were just kids. Grandma Stansbery’s beach house was the best! Rest in Peace.

  12. Alex Worl says:

    John –
    As promised -I will always remember and continue to pass on a little piece of you to others as I share stories you shared with me, and your sense of humour. You will not be forgotten….and will be forever remembered by me as one of the reasons I chose my career path. Barbara and family – I am so sorry I could not be at his service as I was at a funeral in Canada.

  13. Bellina Sosias says:

    Im so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person. Im glad to have known him. He worked so hard to stay in shape. May you rest in peace John. I do miss you.

  14. Ben Martin says:

    John was a good man and a patriot; he loved his country and pledged his life to protect it. He loved his family and friends. He mentored other transplant recipients and showed all how to live with courage and good spirits. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
    God Speed Soldier and Friend!

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