Age 92, passed away February 11, 2012. Born January 13, 1920 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of John C. and Anna E. Stabler.

He was a WWII veteran and served in the Michigan Army National Guard for 30 years, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Lt. Col. He was a past president of the National Guard Association of Michigan. He was a member of the Lansing City Council for two 2-year terms 1953-1956. During this period, he was also a member of the Ingham County Board of Supervisors. Subsequent to the period he served on the Lansing Public Service Committee for two 3-year terms. He was a member of Lansing Masonic Lodge #66 F.& A.M., a member of Grand Rapids Consistory of Scottish Rite Masons, Lansing Commandery #25 Knights Templar, Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple, Capital Caravan Shriners Club, John S. Bersey Sojourners Chapter, a past president of the Lansing Masonic High 12 International Club. He was a past Adjutant of American Legion Post 12, a past Commander of the Military Order of Foreign Wars and past Chairman of Ingham County Soldiers and Sailors Relief Committee. His hobbies were camping with his wife in their RV trailer and traveling, square dancing with The Happy Hoe Downers Square Dance Club of which he was a past president, and volunteering as a Red Cross representative for several years in assisting servicemen and their families in need.

He is survived by 3 children, Sandra (Phil) Crockett, John C. Stabler, Jr., Vicki (Ken) Schnepp, 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Dorothy, his parents and a sister Ethyl.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. Inurnment of John and Dorothy’s ashes will take place in the spring at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mayflower Congregational Church or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.  The family would like to thank Sterling House staff; Tessie, Janelle, Lisa, Laura, Lance, and Randy for their loving care.

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5 Messages to “John C. Stabler, Sr.”

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    Pamela Sage Says:

    Best Father-in-law anyone could ever have asked for! Although I only had the privilege of lawfully being their daughter-in-law for 6 years, both Dorothy and John treated Gary and I like we were family. We will miss Dad, but are excited to know that he and Mom are together in heaven with the Christ they worshiped here on earth. I imagine Mom being thrilled to see him where they can spend eternity together. They were a wonderful example of what marriage should be and loved eachother beyond what most of us can even comprehend. God Bless their family and be with them during this time of sorrow.

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    Devin Schnepp Says:

    Grandpa, looking back, some of my fondest memories were spent with you and Grandma. For the camel rides at the zoo, every day we spent at the beach, the fun times around the house, and the countless words of wisdom, thank you. I love you Grandpa, you are the best.

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    Chad Stabler Says:

    Grandpa, you were a very important part of my life. I will always remember the example you gave me as a young man. We had so much fun over the years. I count myself as blessed to spend 43 years of my life with you in it. May you rest in everlasting peace. Your memory will live on in the hearts of many.

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    Jill Roth Says:

    It was such a pleasure to have met John and Dorothy Stabler. I remember what good times they had as a couple going camping, bike riding and square dancing and what a cute and happy couple they were. John lived a long and fulfilling life and now he has joined his beautiful wife where they can dance forever.

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    Shelby & Kyle Crockett Says:

    You will be missed, Grandpa.

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