Floyd Melvin Stanford, 90, passed away peacefully Nov. 16, 2011, at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.
He was born Jan. 10, 1921, in Rimersburg, a son of the late Richard M. Stanford and Gertrude (Bell) Stanford.
June 26, 1941, he married Dorothy Aldine (Mottern) Stanford.
They had three children, Carol Kay Stanford and Ricky Vay Stanford, both of Bryan, Texas, and the late Richard Ray Stanford. They also had nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Stanford served in the Army Engineers in Fort Dupont, Del., and Puerto Rico from 1937 to 1940. In December 1945, he was drafted back into the Army Infantry and served 16 months in the Philippines and Japan.
He had many occupations, including coal miner and gas well driller. He also worked on lumber sawmills, sold real estate and was in the lawn-mowing business in Florida.
In July 1953, he moved his family to Erie, where he worked at Hays Manufacturing Company for nine years and at the American Sterilizer Company (now Steris) for 21 years, making, assembling and inspecting hospital equipment.
After retiring from the American Sterilizer Company in January 1983, Mr. Stanford and his wife moved to Winter Haven, Fla., where they spent almost 20 years. For four years, they camped at Cook Forest for six months of the year and spent time with relatives and family in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Stanford enjoyed gardening and raising flowers. Since their home was only two miles down the road from Cypress Gardens, he enjoyed many walks through the acres of beautiful flowers and attended many water shows.
He was a great hunter who loved to fish, swim, camp and to play baseball. He was a member of the Boston Red Sox Booster Club and, during spring training, met many Major League baseball players.
He was a member of the Ringgold Methodist Church in Ringgold; Asbury Methodist Church in Erie; and St. Johns Methodist Church in Winter Haven.
In April 2006, the Stanfords sold their home in Florida and moved to Bryan to spend the rest of their retirement years with their daughter, Carol, son Rick, and their extended family.
In addition to his parents and son, Mr. Stanford was preceded in death by two infant sisters; his step-mother, Merna (Powell) Stanford; several aunts and uncles; and two great-nephews, Danny and Douglas Toth.
A private viewing for the immediate family was held at 11 a.m. Nov. 17, 2011, in Temple.
The family wishes to thank all those who have helped to take care of Mr. Stanford and for each and everyone's thoughts and prayers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.