Loring Wheeler Stanhope



Loring Wheeler Stanhope, 72, of Miramar Beach, Fla., peacefully entered into eternal rest Nov. 6, 2013, surrounded by his family. Loring was born in Detroit, Mich., to the late Loring Edgar Stanhope and the late Irene Marie Young Stanhope.



He is predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Marie Buentello.



Loring is survived by his step-father, Theodore Gladwell of Navarre; nephew, David “Beau” Buentello of Navarre; loving wife, Lisa Stanhope; step-daughters, Kristin Gal of Bluewater Bay and Stephanie Hess (Adam) of Savannah, Ga.; and grandchildren, Jordan and Haley Hess.



Loring's career started at U.S. Steel in California where he worked for 16 years. He continued on as a machinery repair technician at Rockwell International, ultimately merging with The Boeing Company and working as facility engineer. After moving his facility to Fort Walton Beach, he retired after 25 years in the Aerospace Industry. After retiring, he continued to stay active by designing and selling office furniture at Desko.



Loring loved the Lord and was a very active member of his church. He served as elder chair and as stewardship chair at First Christian Church, DOC, and was a faithful member of the choir. Loring held other church positions including being a seacon, Sunday school teacher, cold night volunteer, and youth camp counselor.



Loring also enjoyed attending Good News United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa Beach. He was an active member of the choir and enjoyed fellowship with the “Prime Timers.”



 Another great passion of his was The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus. He loved singing, being a board member and section leader, and designing scenery and sets. Other hobbies that he thoroughly enjoyed were fly fishing (including tying his own flies) and photography. He was always thrilled when he was able to capture nature or photograph a friend's wedding.



All in all, he was a very loving husband and father, faithful leader, and friend to everyone he met. He will be truly missed for he was one in a million.



There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Christian Church, DOC, 201 St. Mary Avenue, Fort Walton Beach.



In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Christian Church, DOC, PO Box 2319, Fort Walton Beach.



Services under the direction of McLaughlin Mortuary.