TBDBITL Alumni Club

The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

John Francis Stanton

July 6, 2014 - April 10, 1923

John F Stanton passed away quietly at the Cypress Cove Lodge in Ft Myers on July 6, 2014. He moved to Ft Myers Beach in 1977 after retiring from business in Columbus Ohio.

John graduated from Ohio State University and was a proud member of the OSU Marching Band. His college years were interrupted by four years in WWII where he served in the European campaign, after which he returned and finished his studies with a Masters degree in music education. He was a public high school band director through out Ohio.

In 1960 he opened Stanton's Sheet Music in Columbus OH, which became nationally known as a premier source of supply for all types of printed music. He was very proud that the store just celebrated it's 54th year in business.

John was well known and respected for his conducting of several Choral Groups in Ft Myers Beach. The Chordmasters, the Indian Creek Choir and the Sweet Souix were a great source of pride and he enjoyed working with them for 32 years.

John had a passion for travel and circled the world many times, always ready for his next adventure. He was also well know for his love of ballroom dancing.

John was proceeded in death by his wife Mary M Stanton and is survived by his daughter, Donna S Underhill (David) of Ft Myers and son, David G Stanton of Arizona.

A funeral service will be held at St Columbkille Catholic Church on July 25th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be given to Hope Hospice 9470 HealthPark Cir, 33908

John was a member of the marching band from 1941 through 1943 and 1947 through 1949. He played trumpet.