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Lonnie Standley

Sunday, August 5, 2007

SEVERNA PARK, Md. - Lonnie M. Standley, 99, died in the early morning hours of July 31, 2007, at the home of his daughter, Kay, in Severna Park.

He is survived by another daughter, Jo, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., and a grandson, Lt. A. Bradley Soule IV, USCG.

Mr. Standley was born Dec. 16, 1907, in Hendrickson, Mo., to the late Thomas L. and Emma Smart Standley. His maternal and paternal families settled in the Ozark region of Missouri in the 1820s, emigrating from Virginia and North Carolina.

After high school, he began teaching near St. Louis, in what is now the Sappington School District. He maintained friendships with his students in those years and they gathered in a St. Louis reunion in his honor two years ago.

He attended Washington University and graduated from Missouri State Teachers' College in Cape Girardeau. While he was at college in Cape Girardeau, he met Lillian Reiss of Sikeston. They were married on May 13, 1934, at her parents' home near Sikeston.

He soon partnered with his wife's father in Reiss Dairy in Sikeston, and later became president until the dairy was sold in 1970. He was president of the National Association of Dairymen, Independent Dairies of Missouri and the Missouri Milk and Ice Cream Institute. He was president of SEMO Broadcasting Corporation (station KMPL) from 1959 to 1963 in Sikeston.

Mr. Standley served on the Board of Education of Sikeston from 1945 to 1966, and as its president from 1953 to 1966, a period of rapid expansion of school facilities and a turbulent time in education. In 1954, the Brown vs. Topeka decision of the United States Supreme Court created an integration mandate for schools. At the first Board meeting after the Supreme Court decision, the Board, under his leadership, decided unanimously to begin immediate integration of the schools, Sikeston was the second school district in Missouri to make this decision and peaceful integration of the Sikeston schools was accomplished. The Board also began an adult education program in 1963, the second school system in Missouri to do so.

In 1963, Mr. Standley was appointed by Gov. John H. Dalton to the Missouri State Commission on Higher Education. He was reappointed twice by Gov. Warren E. Hearnes, serving until 1973, and as vice president of the Commission from 1967 to 1973.

Active in the Boy Scouts of America from the time when he was a young Scoutmaster in Sappington, Mr. Standley was recipient of the Silver Beaver, an award that recognized his many contributions to Boy Scouting. He was a member of First United Methodist Church from 1936 until his death and was chairman of the Building Committee at the time of the construction of the present church.

As member of the Kiwanis Club for 35 years, he served as president and lieutenant governor. He was president of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce in 1943, and selected "Man of the Year" in 1954.

In his later years in Sikeston, Mr. Standley returned to the work he loved and taught social studies at the Sikeston High School. He also became a registered stock broker with Newhard Cook & Co. of St. Louis.

In 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Standley moved to Savannah, Ga., to be near their elder daughter and her husband, Noel Secor Florence.

In 1991, they moved to Severna Park. His wife of 73 years, Lillian, died there on May 30, 2002.

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