Stanton Neal Gragg was welcomed into the world on June 26, 1962, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL by Dr. Victor & Norma Gragg (deceased) of Independence, MO, joining older brother Steven. After 60 years of a life well-lived, he peacefully passed from Earth into Glory at his Lone Jack home on March 19, 2023.
After graduating from Fort Osage High School with honors in 1980, he immediately began a career in engineering that spanned over 40 years, beginning as a draftsman and working his way up to Senior Plumbing Designer. In 2021, he retired from Henderson Engineers, Inc in Lenexa, KS.
Stanton was married to his life-long partner and best friend, Robyn (Revelle), for 37 years. During that time, they raised two beautiful daughters: Jessica (Dustin) Rodriguez of Cleveland, OH, and Hannah Gragg of Overland Park, KS. Stanton and Robyn were rarely apart and shared many adventures together. He was particularly proud of enabling Robyn’s love of quilting. From visiting national quilt shows in IA, KY, MI, and FL, to visiting every local quilt store she could find, to holding up quilts for viewing at her many trunk shows and exhibits, he happily supported her passion.
At an early age, Stanton felt the call of God on his life into active ministry. After leading the children’s choir as a young adult, he went on to teach Sunday School for 22 years – most memorable being the Young Marrieds class at Greenwood Baptist Church in the late 80s. In 1997, he was ordained into the Gospel ministry and shortly afterward helped establish a new church plant: Heritage Baptist Church. He led from the pulpit for 17 years, sharing that joy for 15 of those years with Steve Ward, who currently serves as lead elder of Heritage.
Farmall tractors were a big part of Stanton’s life. In 2009, he acquired his first tractor – a 1947 Cub he affectionately named “Nellie.” Soon after, he connected with others by joining the Chapter 1 International Harvesters Collector Club. He not only drove “Nellie” at parades around Cass County & Lone Jack, but also served as a moderator for FarmallCub.com, where he created helpful how-to videos and built relationships with fellow tractor enthusiasts. Stanton attended many events, such as CubFests in MO, KS, OK, and OH, and participated in the 2015 Red Power Roundup in Sedalia. He contributed numerous articles for Red Power Magazine, including one showcasing “Big Red” – a heavily modified 1956 Farmall 400 owned by Ron and Linda Strange.
Stanton enjoyed being outdoors. He maintained a garden – canning green beans, freezing corn, and making lime pickles. He had many memorable nighttime fishing trips with Steve Ramey and Kevin Sullivan, stocking the freezer with plenty of fresh blue catfish. With guidance from family friend Phil Rice, who was an agent at the Missouri Department of Conservation, he learned how to turkey hunt – an annual tradition that continued through the years and resulted in lots of delicious smoked turkey.
Stanton was always ready for an adventure. He planned an unforgettable driving tour through Scotland with Robyn. Occasionally, he would suggest grabbing dinner out – happily driving several hours from home, just to eat at a special restaurant.
And he liked navigating vacations by traveling only the back roads. He called these trips “new experiences.”
Whether Stan was teaching, tractoring, enabling, or working, he was always thinking of others. He truly touched so many hearts and many lives were changed because of his selfless love for Christ.