July 18, 1954 ~ September 27, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Stanley E. Arachikavitz, of Owensboro, Kentucky, lost his seven-year fight with lung cancer and passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020, surrounded by family. He was born in Owensboro on July 18, 1954, to the late Stanley A. and Martha (Reisz) Arachikavitz. He was a 1973 graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School where he led the Aces football team to a 10-1 record, broke records in his senior year including receptions, pass yardage for receptions and total number of extra points. He was a member of the 1972-73 Kentucky All-State High School Football Team and in 1996 he was inducted into the OCHS Athletic Hall of Fame as the “Football Player of the 1970’s.”

After high school, Stanley joined the United States Army and eventually the U.S. Marines. He became a truck driver for many years, worked at Hickory Springs Manufacturing, earned a history degree from Brescia University, and during his retirement years he loved working as a greeter at Walmart on Highway 54.

Stanley loved the Lord Jesus Christ and exuded this with everyone he met. He was an extremely active member of Larkin Baptist Church, took great enjoyment volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Spencer County. He always stood ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed and to whomever needed it. Stanley was an avid deer hunter who loved everything about being in nature and spent many a day at his hunting land.

Stanley is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cindy (Brenke) Arachikavitz; his children, Jason (Carin) Johns of Oregon, WI, and Jody Johns of Baron, MN; his stepdaughter, Nicole (Ryan) Wakeham of Seattle, WA; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Stanley was the oldest of 5 brothers who survive him: Artie (Kelly) Arachikavitz of Freeport, IL, Jerry (Pam) Arachikavitz of Waleska, GA, Sgt. Maj (USMC RET) Dan (Marinda) Arachikavitz of Lake Mary, FL, Joel (Lauren) Arachikavitz of Janesville, WI, and Jonathan (Tracey) Gehrts of Cumming, GA.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Larkin Baptist Church; 2531 West Old State Road 45, Rockport, Indiana 47635. Immediately following the service, a potluck style picnic and celebration of Stanley’s life will occur on the church grounds. In lieu of flowers or other tangible condolences the family encourages donations to Relay for Life of Spencer County.

All who wish to honor and remember Stanley in person at the service are required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the church for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Arachikavitz. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Stanley E. Arachikavitz and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Service: October 11, 2020 10:30 am

Larkin Baptist Church
2531 West Old State Road
Rockport , IN 47635

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  1. I remember Archie from Owensboro Catholic class of 1973. He was such a fabulous athlete and a big old teddy bear. I know his lovely wife and his children will miss him terribly.

  2. I too remember Stan as Archie. He will be remembered from all of us from the class of ’73. RIP Archie, until we meet again! Prayers for the family.

  3. I lost my best friend but I know that I gained a Angel to watch over me. Prayers for you Cindy. He loved you so much and I saw the love you have for him.

    Love you Big Guy
    Semper Fi

  4. Stanley had the biggest heart! He loved being a part of Spencer County Relay for Life and we loved him! He always said “I leave up to the Lord”! Well now I am sure he is saying “Well Lord I am here, lets get busy!” Relay will not be the same again, but because of you we will move ahead! We already miss you! Love you Stanley! Faith Schaefer, Event Leadership team for Spencer County Relay For Life

  5. Eddie and and I played basketball at OCHS during his years there and I’ll never forget how determined he was and how strong he was. He was a great football player as well. He was strong as an Ox. Will
    Miss you Archie

  6. He was my supervisor @Hickory Springs Manf. He was one of the nicest and caring friend. RIP. STAN. GOD BLESS YOU! SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST CINDY. I miss you guys so much when I retired.

  7. So sorry, Stan was one of the kindest, warmest people we’ve ever had the pleasure to know. We will miss you! Prayers for Cindy and his children. He will be walking those streets of gold greeting and smiling at the Angels! Rest in Peace dear friend.

  8. We barely knew Stan but he was our favorite at Walmart.

    Stan played Santa Claus at Walmart last Christmas, when my son Phoenix was 8, and Stan blessed us with more than just a candy cane and a hohoho.

    Phoenix asked Stan if we could pray with him, a standard practice in our family when we meet someone working in the community. I didn’t know at the time, but Stan was a devoted Christian man.

    That night he shared his testimony with me and my boys about how Jesus changed his life after that surgery and that he was a changed man every minute after that. I thanked Stan for his message to my boys and we walked away.

    At that point, Phoenix stopped me and said, “Momma, that man isn’t really Santa Claus, but he sure does love Jesus.”

    I’ll never forget his kindness or his willingness to share Christ with my family.

  9. Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear of Stan’s passing! He has truly reached his eternal victory! I pray that God comforts you until you are reunited with him in heaven! Blessings to you!

  10. Stan was always willing to help with what needed to be done. He always had a smile on his face and was happy. He was a joy to be around. He liked being around people. He will be missed.

    Vicky Connor, Planner
    Daviess County EMA

  11. I never knew Arch very well in high school, though we could not have done what we did in 1972 OCHS football without him. Ran in to him two times over the years, then met him for lunch one day at WalMart to see what was up with the Flag Man from Owensboro. A gifted athlete who grew to be a gifting man. His life was a blessing to many.

  12. Thinking of you Cindy. Stan was a terrific guy. He will be missed. Prayers for you Cindy. See you soon.


  13. So sorry for your loss. Stan will be greatly missed by so many. Praying for Cindy and family! 🙏🏽🙏🏽💕💕🤗🤗

  14. Miss you brother, you’ll never be forgotten. Until we meet again, you will always be in our hearts. We love you brother.
    Jerry& Pam

  15. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Stan for many years. We had a Great friendship. Love you Stan! RIP!

  16. Marine Corps League W. J. Norris Detachment #804, Inc.,
    C/o 4100 Kipling Drive
    Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-7220

    In recognition of Stanley E. Arachivitz’
    honorable service to the United States of America, and the United States Marine Corps; We extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country, and Corps.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
    Semper Fi, The Marines of Detachment #804.

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