Stanley Jay “SJ” Acrea, 78 of Marion, IA formerly of Missouri Valley, IA passed away on Tuesday, June 2 in Marion, Iowa at the home of his Son. He was born on August 5th 1941 to the parents of Stanley and Irene (Kilgore) Acrea. He was the middle of three sons. SJ graduated from Missouri Valley High School and served in the US Army. That was cut short by a tragic flood in 1964. SJ was honorably discharged and returned home to carry forth the family farm. SJ also attended classes at Iowa State University for a time. He remained on the farm until late 2018 when he moved to Marion, IA to be close to his son and family as his health had declined.
SJ was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Michelle Acrea Brown and his wife Barb McCoy Acrea. SJ is survived by his Son Shayne and his wife Delcy Acrea of Marion, IA. Also survived by three Grandsons Grant and his wife Roxana Acrea of Klammath Falls, Oregon and Carter and Zakary Acrea of Marion, IA. SJ is also survived by brothers Robert and Nancy of Sacramento, CA and Dennis and Rodger of Vermillion, South Dakota. SJ is also survived by his long-time special friend, companion and sidekick Jane Lytten. They were all blessed to share in SJ’s life.
SJ was a friend to many and left a lasting impact on all who knew him. He had many lifelong friends that will miss his smile and firm handshake. SJ was a hard worker and farmer at heart. He was known to take power naps on the tractor in the field. SJ didn’t have hobbies per say. He loved being with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his buddies. SJ spent some time after retirement on bicycling trips with his high school friend Dean Tamisiea. SJ cherished his friendship and years of farming with neighbor Jim Divelbess.
SJ most enjoyed his time with family, grandsons and grand dogs Kudoz, Grayson and Ruger. SJ would pet the dogs and yes even kiss their furry faces! Especially his buddy Ruger!
Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. All memorials will be donated to the area food bank and Hospice in SJ’s name.
For those wishing to share in the celebration of SJ’s life but cannot be present, you are invited to view the service via the following zoom link. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81272193497?pwd=ZEZKeGNZakw0Y1VPRWJYQTlway90QT09 Meeting ID: 812 7219 3497 Password: 787893
Military Honors will be conducted by Julius F. Muller American Legion Post #337.
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In Loving Memory of Stanley Jay (SJ) Acrea
Born August 5, 1941 Council Bluffs, Iowa
Entered Into Rest June 2, 2020 Marion, Iowa
11:00 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2020
Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa
Officiating Dennis Acrea
“My Old Man” “Taps”
Final Resting Place Frazier Cemetery Missouri Valley, Iowa