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Stanford K. Siders, 95

DALTON – Stanford K. Siders, age 95, passed away on October 23, 2022.

Born on July 7, 1927 in Litchfield, OH, to the late Raymond and Katharine (Bowman) Siders, Stan married Phyllis Garver on July 8, 1950 and they enjoyed 71 years together. Stan and Phyllis had resided in Dalton since 2003. Previously to that they had lived in Ashland for 30 years and before that in Congress where they raised their family. A graduate of Burbank High School, he went to serve his country in the U.S, Navy during WWII. Upon his return, Stan completed his undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster where he lettered in track and cross country. He went on to obtain his master’s degree and PhD at Kent State University.

 Stan’s career and life’s calling included teaching and coaching at Congress, West Salem, and Chester Schools. When these schools consolidated, the district hired Stan as the first principal of Congress Junior High in the Northwestern Local School District. He was honored to have been inducted into the Northwestern Community Hall of Honor in 2014. He ultimately retired from Ashland University as head of the master’s degree program for the education department. As the director, he implemented the “practicum concept” for teachers in the graduate program to develop primarily research-based education concepts into their master’s degree theses which could be used in their own classrooms. While at Ashland University, Stan also led the redesigning and implementation of standards for Ohio’s universities’ and colleges’ Schools of Education throughout the state for the Ohio Department of Education. Ashland University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1989.

Stan gave his life to the Lord and accepted Jesus as his savior as a teenager. Wherever Stan and Phyllis lived, they embraced a church family and were active in the missions and ministries of those churches. Throughout the years they were members of Emanuel Old Stone Church,  Congress Community Church, Ashland First United Methodist Church, and Dalton United Methodist Church. For over 60 years because of his love for God, Stan led Sunday School classes, Bible studies, topical scriptural studies, discipleship programs, and even served as a fill-in in the pulpit. This is the greatest legacy he leaves to his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Stan is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (2021); his brother, Donald Siders; his father- and mother-in-law, Don and Faye Garver; his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dick and Carol Reese and Rich and Mary Allen. He is survived by his children, Ann and Tony Stutz of Dalton, Dr, Larry and Barbara Siders of Wooster, Philip and Terri Siders of Dalton, and Greg and Karen Siders of Dover; his grandchildren, Josh (Michele) Stutz, Nate (Tenille) Stutz, Justin (Kimberly) Stutz, Patrick (Brittany) Stutz, Andy (Ashley) Stutz, Lani Stutz, Matt (Erin) Siders, Brook (Erik) Coblentz, Erin (Mark) Siders, Cortney (Cliff) Staley, Brittany (Doyle) Jarvis, Jamie Siders, Zach Siders, Sean (Ashley) Siders; 32 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and friends.

A private service with inurnment at Congress Cemetery will be held by the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to Congress Community Church, 10691 Franchester Road, West Salem, OH 44287, or to Ohio’s LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

(Zak-Thacker & Monbarren, 330-828-2536)

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