He was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Alliance, Neb., to Harold James Stanley and Barbara Catherine Wasserberger. James was raised in South Dakota, and moved to Lovell in 1948.
He met Barbara Lee Wirth, and the couple was married in Billings in 1948.
James is survived by two children, James Michael Stanley and David Scott Stanley; grandchildren James R. Stanley, Roxanne L. Stanley, William S. Stanley, Michael Lane Stanley, Elaine M. Stanley and Lianne Stanley, who is deceased; and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held in Byron on Monday, Feb. 3.