Stanley James Carmean

Birth Date: 
Friday, July 27, 1928
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WOOSTER - Stanley James Carmean, 85, of Wooster, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus.

He was born July 27, 1928 in Ada, the son of Stanley Guy and Olive Kephart Carmean.  He married Shirley Best on December 19. 1954.  She survives.

He graduated from The Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy 30th graduating Class in 1950.  Stanley retired as a Staff Lt. from the Ohio Highway Patrol in 1980 after 30 years.  He had served as Post Commander in Wooster and a Staff Lt. at General Headquarters in Columbus. 

He was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life time member of the American Legion, and the U. S. Navy’s First Operational Helicopter Squadron HU-1 when serving his country on active duty with the US Navy from 1951-1955 during the Korean War.  He loved to read history books, especially civil war books. 

Stanley loved bicycling and took 100 mile bicycle rides (TOSRV), was a ham radio operator, enjoyed bird watching and had several bird feeders and fed squirrels but made them work for their food.

He was dearly loved and will be missed by his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Sam (Jane Stevenson) Carmean  and Matt Carmean both of Columbus, Rich (Cindy Kristof) Carmean of Munroe Falls and Margaret (Freddie) Westphal of NC; grandchildren, Jennie (Adam) Yoder, James (Stephanie) Carmean, Marta Csejtey and Scout Westphal; a great-grandson, Jayden Wilson and a brother, Vaughn (Della) Carmean of Ft. Wayne.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ann Harrison, Ruth Veeneman and Flo Fisher and a brother Richard Carmean.

There will be no calling hours.

Services will be held at the Wooster United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Black and Patrol Chaplain, Rev. Philip Hurlbert officiating.  Burial will be at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman at 2:30 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Wooster Corps, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

The Salvation Army, Wooster Corps, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691


There will be no calling hours


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster United Methodist Church, 247 N. Market St., Wooster


So very sorry for all. He was quite a guy. Good memories.

Carmean, please accept our sympathy in the death of your husband, Stanley. I am a retired trooper and met your husband a few years ago.


Dear Shirley and family. We are saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was one of my coaches when I came to the Turnpike Swanton post 89 in 1956. Jim was a great coach and a fun person to work with. I was not married when Jim was coaching me and you even fixed me a sack lunch nearly each day. I would love to pay respects to Jim, but we are in Florida for the winter.


Max and Martha Wood

Dear Carmean Family, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss in Stan's passing. He was a wonderful Person and a true professional in everything he did in life. I am a retired trooper who started my career in Wooster in 1983 after Stan had retired and working for the county. I will never forget his kindness in welcoming me to the post and was always encouraging and supportive.

Rest in Peace my Brother,

Sheriff George T. Maier
Unit 469 (Retired)

Mrs. Carmean and Family,
Please accept my condolences. I will keep you in my thoughts during these difficult times.

So sorry Shirley and family. I liked and worked with Stan at the Marion Post. He was a lot of fun to be around and loved to play practical jokes. I'm sure you will miss him very much.

Mrs. Carmean and family,
I never had the opportunity to work with Stan while on the Patrol, but was the victim of several of his practical jokes while working for the County. An ornery guy who will be missed.

Please accept my sympathy, Shirley. You may not remember me. We used to exercise together at Healthpoint. Happy memories. Blessings, Nancy Huebner

Shirley, Sam, Rich, Matt and Margaret. What can be said for all the many years of good memories as we lived just down the street on Larwill in Wooster. We came to know your family much deeper than just with the Patrol. Stan was almost like a father to me and I know he's in a much better place now. What a role model he was though. I know he could be tough at times but his genuine love and caring always showed through. He was a "John Wayne" to many of us at Post 85. What a legacy he left. We keep you Shirley, and all the kids in our prayers for His peace.

Shirley, I was one of Jims classmate,sorry to hear of his passing, he will be missed, We will be praying for you and his family.

Lt. Carmean and my father (Lt. James Kirkendall) were contemporaries with OSP back in the 50s and 60s. I remember the name. Sorry to hear of his passing.

To the Family of Stanley Carmean: We noted in the obituary that Stanley served in the U.S. Navy. We want you to know that we appreciate his service to our country. Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for your loss. Sincerely, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Wooster-Wayne Chapter, NSDAR

Shirley you are in our thoughts and prayers!I dont know if you remember me or not but i worked at my grandpas bakery in apple creek(Troyers Home Pantry).And it was always a bright spot in my day when you and Stan would come in for coffee in the afternoon.He will be missed greatly and was such a great man.Courage to you in the coming days!Ronald and Katrina (Coblentz)Gable

Shirley and family, I am so sorry for your loss and may GOD give you the peace and comfort that only he can at this difficult time. I worked with Stan for approximately 10 years at the Auditor's office and he was a good and honest person. We got along great and he was good to work and fun to be around.

Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Stan was a very nice man and I was privileged to have known him in this lifetime.

To the family of Stan Carmean:
I was saddened to read in the Daily Record of Stan's passing. I encountered Stan when he worked for the Auditor's office. He was a pleasure to be around.
I always found him to be very interesting to talk to and an honorable person with high standards for himself and others. The world would be a better place if there were more people like Stan.
My deepest sympathy to all.

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