Stanley William Narusis

Jan 10th, 1923 - Sep 26th, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Oct. 1st, 2019 5:00 - 8:00 PM


St. Joseph Catholic Church

Wed, Oct. 2nd, 2019 10:00 AM


St. Johns Cemetery

Wed, Oct. 2nd, 2019

Stanley William Narusis
Stanley William Narusis, age 96, of Marion, passed away at 7:16pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at his home in Marion. Stanley, known to all as “Stan”, was born at home in West Frankfort, the son of Lithuanian immigrants, John and Constance Norusis.  He was proud of his heritage and frequently sang Lithuanian songs for his friends. His younger years were spent at St. John’s Grade School, and he graduated from Frankfort Community High School (FCHS), in 1940.  A young Stan helped his family by doing whatever odd jobs needed to be done, such as picking apples and berries, and husking corn.  At age 16, Stan joined the Civilian’s Military Training Camp (CMTC) at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis; after that, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was sent to Big Piney, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there, the “CCC boys” built cattle trails, cut sagebrush, and fought a large forest fire.  If the temperature was under -30 degrees they didn’t have to work. Stan enlisted in the Army Air Corps on March 17, 1942, and was sent to the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater, where he spent his wartime service as a Morse Code radio operator.  He served with the 373rd B-24 Squadron, 308th Bomb Group, 14th Air Force.  Those years comprised some of his most poignant memories. After the war, Stan attended, and graduated from, Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1949, and received his J.D. from St. Louis University Law School in 1951. He practiced law in Chicago, where he met his wife, Ruth.  They married in Chicago and resided for a time in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  They and their three children later moved to Marion, where he continued to practice law, later opening his law office in Johnston City. Stan was active all throughout his adult life, volunteering in his church and his community.  After he retired in 2004, he continued to stay active.  He spent his remaining years with his beloved wife in their home in the country. Survivors include his:  Wife – Ruth Narusis of Marion, Son – John Narusis (Sherrie) of Dallas, Texas, Two daughters – Deborah Aguilar of Marion and Linda Ruoff of Bellerue, Nebraska, Five grandchildren – Matthew Hopkins, Nathaniel Hopkins, Heidi Ruoff, David Ruoff, Justin Narusis, Seven great grandchildren and Sister – Mary Ann Hanretty of Larkspur, California.  Preceded by his Parents, Brothers – John and Bernard Narusis and Sister – Helen Narusis. The funeral mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion with Father Brian Barker officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in West Frankfort. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Pregnancy Matters or the Lighthouse Shelter.

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: John Raymond Narusis

    From: Crystal Lake , Illinois

    Date: September 29, 2019

    My condolences in the passing of Stanley to his beloved wife, Ruth and children Debbie, Linda and John Scott. My prayers and thoughts go out to the whole family during this journey of grief. May God bless all of you with grace and peace.

    I’m a nephew to “Uncle Stan” and “Aunt Ruth” and cousin to Debbie, Linda and John Scott…. I have fond memories of the special times we had together, especially when he would break out in song many a time. Uncle Stan will be missed and now there stands a void in my heart.

  • Guest: Renee Pressley and Bruce Marsan

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 30, 2019

    🎶Shall we gather at McDonald’s🎶 Stan would sing when Ruth, Stan and friends would gather several times a week. Now Stan is gathering at the River of Heaven.
    Prayers for the families at this difficult time.

  • Guest: Jim Ielase

    From: Canton , Georgia

    Date: October 1, 2019

    A wonderful boyhood neighbor who always had words of wisdom for me

  • Guest: Ellen Behrens

    From: Park City, Utah

    Date: October 2, 2019

    I loved Uncle Stas. I always will.

  • Guest: Mary Kay Stratton

    From: , California

    Date: October 2, 2019

    Uncle Staus (as we called him) was an intelligent, funny, and unique person. We could talk for hours on many subject matters. Even though our political ideas differed and many of our conversations were like debates, I thoroughly enjoyed and will cherish those times! My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Ruth and the cousins.

  • Guest: Tim Hanretty

    From: Woodside, California

    Date: October 2, 2019

    Uncle Staus, a member of the “greatest generation,” was truly one-of-a-kind, and he will be missed by family and friends.

    I recall a visit our family home for a wedding. Shortly after arriving, he ventured up the hill behind the house and onto the trails of the foothills.

    After a couple of hours had passed, his baby sister, my mom, fretted that he was lost and would not be able to attend the rehearsal dinner.

    As we all began to load into cars en route to the dinner, Staus emerged at the last possible minute from the brush, and hopped into a car.

    To me this episode, though relatively minor, was emblematic of who he was. Adventurous, dutiful and always prepared.