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Obituary: Ronald August Stanke


Fri, Jan 21st 2022 07:00 am

Ronald August Stanke entered into eternal rest on Jan. 15, 2022, after being hospitalized at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo for a brief illness.

Ron, born on Nov. 9, 1940, in Buffalo, was predeceased by his parents, Angeline (Mroz) and August Frederick Stanke. Ron served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Mt. McKinley and was an avid boater. Upon discharge from the Navy, he began employment with Trico in Buffalo.

In 1991, Ron founded Grand Island Enterprises. He was a retired, long-standing resident of Grand Island.

As a philanthropist whose generosity reached many Grand Island and Western New York community service organizations, Ron played a significant role in the development and support of the Miracle League WNY and the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion. He was a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Grand Island. Additionally, he assisted the Neighbors Foundation, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Zonta Foundation, and many other charities.

Above all, one of Ron’s most notable traits was his deep loyalty to his friends and the community.

Flowers are graciously declined. Those who wish to remember Ron in a particular way are invited to make gifts in his memory to any of the groups named above.

Visitation will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. A memorial service will begin immediately following visitation.

Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.

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