The following was written by Stan prior to his passing.
On this April evening, 2017 I found myself seated at the Lord’s table. Over the last twelve years I had planned my meeting with God to include a meal. I sure hope He likes BBQ!
Most of my childhood was spent in Boulder, CO. I am the son of Helene and Roe Willis and the late James Stanley Arlington. The 16th Street neighbors can attest to the constant barrage of fireworks and snowballs which I still deny. It was there I had forged lifelong friendships and met my bride of 40 years, Robin Purcell Arlington. Together, we created a home and a family in Louisville.
It was through her that I nurtured my faith and began my quest to accept that being a good father, husband and provider was more than enough. Looking back, I must say that I led a pretty good life. After all, my three dogs still love me.
Our daughter, Rianne Arlington Woog and Daniel Woog of Erie have blessed us with two grandchildren, Anniston and Caden. Our eldest son Benjamin and Amanda Arlington of Lafayette also have given us a newborn granddaughter, Kenley. And our youngest Adam Michael Arlington has given us new hope that life has purpose.
My children have blessed me by teaching me that life is to be lived and love is to be shown. I believe our family embraced these concepts throughout our life together. Living through our shared love of sports, traveling together as tourists, and never-ending family dinners, our love was playful. From movie one liners to heated political debates. I will always be proud of the family we became and the moments that were sacred and special to us.
My grandchildren have taught me that nature is really God at work. Whether it be finding the collared dove in the trees or sneaking tomatoes off the vine and eating them hoping no one would notice. And that donuts are healthy.
Over the course of my working life, I was grateful to meet and work with many outstanding individuals. Without those relationships, I would not have been able to grow intellectually. I always felt I learned how to be a better man from friendships that grew from work or from old.
In 1974, our core family included only my mother and brother Jim (Kim) Arlington. That year would sprout new siblings. Ted Willis, Mindy (Dave Schroyer) Willis and the late Pam(Tom) Regan. All have grown the family circle with nieces and nephews. I also cannot leave out the relationships I have built with Robin’s family and their ability to tolerate my humor. I was never seen as an outsider but as a brother and a son.
I believe I am on the lookout for so many that have gone before me and will again host a meal or find myself back at the park playing a game of catch.
I have been truly blessed and am grateful for all I have been given. I ask that each and every one of you not squander any time you may have left, that you do a kindness for another, and find your faith. So, the next Monarch butterfly you see flitting about this spring, think of me and say a prayer for all who are not as lucky in this life.
A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:30 PM Tuesday April 18th, 2017 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with family present to greet friends. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette. A private family interment will be held. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.