Robert Stephens Staley

August 26, 1922 - October 17, 2008 

Robert Stephens Staley

August 26, 1922 - October 17, 2008 

Obituary for Robert Stephens Staley

Robert S. Staley, 86, passed away peacefully in his home on October 17, 2008, surrounded by his wife and family. Bob was born on August 26, 1922, in Sidney, Montana, and raised in Watford City, North Dakota. During World War II, Bob joined the Army Air Corps and served in B-17's and B-29's. On November 28, 1943, Bob married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Needham, of Wahpeton, North Dakota. Graduating from Jamestown State College and earning a Master's Degree in music from the University of Idaho, Bob taught band and choir at Arnegard High School in North Dakota before moving with his family to Seattle to take a teaching position at King's Garden Schools. There Bob and Liz raised their family of four children before moving to Indianapolis in June of 1964, where Bob took a position with the Best Lock Corporation. He also served as President of Friends Bible College in Haviland, Kansas. Since retiring in 1986, Bob continued with his musical abilities in the North Indianapolis and Carmel area, tuning and repairing pianos for hundreds of families over the years.
On Sunday, October 19, friends and family are invited to a visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Harry W. Moore Funeral Care. Bob and Liz attended Faith Missionary Church, where Bob served as Minister of Music for many years. The funeral will be held at Faith Church at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, with burial to follow the service at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth V. Staley; son, Robert S. Staley II (wife Connie); son, Collin M. Staley (wife Kathy); and son, Clair M. Staley (wife Judy); eleven grandchildren: Shannon Rothenberg, Stephanie Staley, Jessica Staley, Spencer Staley, Alan Hannan, Victoria Craig, Ashlee Hannan, Sean Staley, Justin Staley, Brianna Staley, and Ryan Staley; and four great-grandchildren: Skylar, Ailie, Aidan, and Logan. His daughter, Vicki Beth Hannon (husband Victor), preceded him in death.
As a teacher, choir director, and role model for thousands of students and colleagues over the years, Bob will be remembered with love and admiration by those he has influenced .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610

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