Ralph W. Standley III

July 17, 1938 ‒ December 02, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Ralph W. Standley III, age 80, longtime Marion resident, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Riverside Methodist Hospital following complications of a stroke.

On July 17, 1938, Ralph was born in Columbus, the oldest of four children of Thelma (Fisher) and the late Ralph W. Standley Jr.  He was raised on a farm in Marengo, Ohio, where he graduated as the valedictorian of Marengo High School in the class of 1956.  Ralph attended The Ohio State University. He also served his country as a member of the Army National Guard for 6 years.

Ralph met the love of his life, Marcia Poorman, after a basketball game at the Marion Coliseum.  They were married on November 4, 1961.  Together they shared forty-three wonderful years of marriage, lovingly raising three children: Kyle, Trent and Brooke.  Marcia preceded him in death on December 5, 2004.

Ralph was an entrepreneur at heart. He owned a bookkeeping business and worked in residential real estate in the Marion area before making the leap to commercial real estate development.  In 1988, he opened the first of eight Giant Video Stores.  Together with his children, Ralph grew the video store business and purchased a large existing business called West Coast Video.  Ralph served as Chairman of West Coast Entertainment Corporation and was proud to be an integral part of the initial public offering when it went public and was traded on the NASDAQ. In 1997, he was recognized as Retailer of the Year by the Video Software Dealers Association.

A man of deep and abiding faith, Ralph was an active member of Prospect St. United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he served on the Finance Committee and the Visitation Team.  He was also was very proud to be a volunteer at Marion General Hospital.  Through the years, Ralph and Marcia were supporters of Pleasant High School and Columbus School for Girls athletics and activities.

For the past three years, Ralph lived at Abbington of Powell. He tremendously enjoyed the friendships he formed with staff and residents alike.  His family is grateful that he was surrounded by such caring people at this juncture in his life.

Ralph will be dearly missed by his mom, Thelma, his three children: Brooke (Andy) Stein, and Kyle and Trent Standley;  his grandchildren, who were his greatest source of pride: Maggie (Kyle) Carmichael, Victoria Standley, Adelaide and Normandie Standley, and Owen, Liam and Lily Stein; two siblings: Larry (Barb), and Carol (Gary) House; a sister-in-law, Ann Standley; former daughters-in-law, Shelley Standley and Kelly Standley and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and father, Ralph was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Standley.

His family will greet friends from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Prospect St. United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 1 pm, with Pastor Therese Lehman and Pastor Joe Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PIN Fund (People In Need) at Prospect Street United Methodist Church or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (https://donate.lls.org/).

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, is honored to serve Ralph’s family.  Your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with the family via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Ralph will be missed in so many ways! He had an infectious smile and you could see the pride in his face as he watched his grandchildren in their various activities! We are so sorry and will keep the entire Stein and Standley families in our prayers.

    Love, the Klass Family

  • Kyle, Trent, Brooke, and family,

    We’re so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing, and we pray that God will fill you all with His perfect peace at this difficult time.

    Love and prayers,

    Gary and Joanie Warner

  • To Kyle, Trent and Brooke,
    Sorry sorry to hear about your fathers passing. He was a great influence on my life growing up as a father figure and my first basketball coach.
    You are all in our prayers.
    Larry and Billy Lou Wright

  • Our thoughts are with the Standley family at this sad time. May your fond memories and love for each other bring you peace in the coming days.


  • Growing up, I spent many nights at the Standley house and was always treated like a son by Ralph and Marcia. I’m so sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Standley children during this difficult time.

  • I didn’t know Mr. Standley personally but I know Standley/Hickey family members. I first met this family, gulp, over 40 years ago. It is a family of love, warmth, good will and cheer. I am blessed to count them as my friends and I am very sorry for their loss.

  • So sorry for your loss, Trent, Kyle and Brooke. May God’s peace and comfort surround you and your families during this difficult time. Your dad was a soft-spoken, caring soul with integrity. He was a great client and an even better friend. We truly enjoyed creating award-winning advertising for his business ventures together over the years, none of which would have been possible without his appreciation for its importance. A good businessman with a big heart… and an even bigger love for his family. That’s how I will remember Ralph.

  • Carol,
    I am so sorry to learn of your brother’s passing. Prayers sent to you and your family.

  • I don’t really even know where to begin here. This family was so important to my formative years. From the time that they moved in to the house on Scenic Dr., I practically lived there. Marcia, whom I ALWAYS referred to as Mrs. Standley,no matter how much she fed and mothered me, really was like a second mother. Mr. Standley was that surrogate dad, always encouraging, and making you believe that you could do more/be more than you ever originally thought could accomplish. He had such a different mentality about life, so different from what I was accustomed to at home, that I can’t even begin to count the ways that he impacted me, for good. He was always making you think, LOL. Kyle and Trent we’re like my younger brothers, and Brooke was that beautiful little sister, that you always looked out for, and would be ready to take the head off of any guy that looked at her the wrong way. I recall the hundreds of times I played basketball with the boys (poorly I might add, with me mostly just running up and down the court and fiouling guys). This was always under the watchful eye of Mrs. Standley, whom, no matter what she was doing in the house, amazingly always knew when a fight was about to break out. I smile when I think about how many times I heard that melodic voice, scream through the open window at me, “Jerry Wilson, you keep those hands in your pockets, for the next five minutes, until you cool down”. This would usually end with us all going inside and eating Ranger Joe’s. Speaking of Ranger Joe’s, she never forgot my love for them, even after going off to the military, and actually ending up in the Ranger Battalion. I can’t say how much favor I curried with my platoon leader and first sergeant, over the years, as they always looked forward to my next care package of Ranger Joe’s, regardless of the condition they arrived in, crumbs and all. She got a big kick out of knowing that her Joe’s were actually being eaten by real Rangers.

    Ralph and Marcia are missed by so many, but it’s nice to think of them reunited together, no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, enjoying each other‘s company for eternity.

    Jerry Wilson

  • I have the best memories of Ralph from his time volunteering at the hospital. He always had a smile on his face and it never failed that he called me ” kido”. He enjoy working at the hospital and it was sad when he was no longer able to. I was fortunate to be able to see him after he quit volunteering due to his health. I will always remember his smile and his kindness that he showed to anyone that met him. Fly high ralph. Rest in peace. Pam and Brian Huffman

  • Trent, Kyle & Brooke,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your father, who will always be special to you, your family and friends. You can be thankful for the great memories, good times and love he has given you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.