Darris J. “Butch” “Red” Stavely, 71, of Granite City, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Anderson Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born June 20, 1944, in Granite City, a son to the late Frank and Gertrude (Dowdy) Stavely. Darris gave more than 39 years to Granite City Steel as a Millwright, retiring in 2002. Darris enjoyed the outdoors, where he enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and taking care of his garden. Most of all Darris loved his family, especially his grandsons. Darris will be remembered for his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
Darris is survived by and will be missed by his wife, Wanda (Laswell) Stavely, whom he married on April 8, 1965; his daughters, Kimberly and (Steven) Bargman of Herculaneum, Mo., and Leslie and (David) Goedecke of Warrenton, Mo.; grandsons, Matthew Carlisle, Frank Logan Stavely and Noah Stavely; and sister, Barbara and (Bud) Dillon.
In addition to his parents, Darris was preceded in death by his son, Darris “Joe” Stavely.
In celebration of his life, a memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.