Stanley Kenneth Schenck was born on July 8, 1947 to Stanley Schenck, Sr. and Rosetta Schenck at Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Philadelphia School System. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he worked at a bookstore in Center City for many years and subsequently worked several different jobs throughout the rest of his working career. He moved from Philadelphia to New Jersey in the 1970’s, where he met his late wife Regina. Stanley was a Freemason, belonging to the Prince Hall Lodge of New Jersey, and he retired as a District Manager at Jiffy Lube, serving the Southern New Jersey area.
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Stanley had a fierce passion for music. In the years leading up to the war, and after his return, he was the guitarist (and in some cases vocalist) in several bands, namely “Chetnut” in which he collaborated with some of his best friends. His guitar hero was Jimi Hendrix. To him, Jimi epitomized the soul of the guitar sound.
When Stanley wasn’t working, he was focused on his family. He enjoyed spending time with everyone at various gatherings, and was sure to remember birthdays with a card, phone call or a song – many times with all three.
Throughout his life, Stanley battled several illnesses, but refused to let them stop him from living his life. He was a master at finding new ways to do the things he loved. His ability to adapt to new surroundings was unparalleled, as he spent the last several years of his life taking care of his adopted family at Kresson View Center in Voorhees.
His final illness was thankfully short, which led up to the angels taking him back to God on June 14th, 2019.
To cherish and honor his memory, Stanley leaves behind his children Jerrahian, Sharon, Etosha, Alaina, Holly and Ross; his siblings Tahira, Jerry, Charlene, Barbara, Morris, James and Earl, one son-in-law, three brothers-in-law, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild, five nieces, four nephews and a host of friends and extended family.
Stanley’s journey may have ended here on Earth, but his new journey now begins.
May he rest comfortably.