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No Visitation Planned


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
2:00 pm
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa


Hamilton's on Westown Parkway
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 224-0078

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Erbyn Robert Stanhope May 15, 1925 – November 2, 2017

Erbyn Stanhope was born on May 15, 1925 in Portland, Maine. He was the second to the youngest of 16 children; 11 brothers and 4 sisters. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years of age. Erbyn was one of five Stanhope brothers to serve in WWII. He was stationed on 3 destroyers including the U.S.S. Mayo which provided direct fire support off the beach during the invasion at Anzio, Italy.

He married Jean Marie Short in 1949 in North Carolina and shortly thereafter moved to Manhattan, Kansas where he attended Kansas State University majoring in Microbiology. He graduated in 1955.

Jean and Erbyn had four children: Rebecca Ann Stanhope, born 1955, Stephen Douglas Stanhope born 1958, Phillip Louis Stanhope born 1961 and Rachel Elizabeth Stanhope born 1964.

Following graduation, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa where Erbyn worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a microbiologist until 1965 when he transferred to Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The family moved to the countryside just outside of Paton, Iowa. Erbyn and his family lived there for 35 years. Upon retirement Erbyn and Jean served 2 years in Detroit, Michigan in AmeriCorp as volunteers in a literacy program. They made many friends while in Detroit.

After their service in Detroit they moved back to Paton, Iowa for a few more years until they moved to Green Valley Arizona. While living in Arizona Erbyn and Jean traveled around Arizona and would occasionally venture into Nogales, Mexico. Erbyn and Jean enjoyed traveling to see their children in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Their daughter Rachel took them to Ireland so that Erbyn could see where his parents were born and raised.

Due to illness Erbyn and Jean moved back to Johnston, Iowa in 2006 where they lived in the Bishop Drumm retirement community. Erbyn’s wife Jean passed away on September 9, 2015. Erbyn is survived by 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

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