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Justin Blake Stanko

January 23, 1995 - April 29, 2022

Justin Blake Stanko Justin Blake Stanko
    May 26, 2022 | 3:00 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles
  • Funeral
  • May 26, 2022 | 6:45 P.M.
  • Yurs Funeral Home St. Charles.

Justin Blake Stanko, 27, son of Brian and Julie Stanko, passed away on April 29th in Omaha, Nebraska. Justin was born in Geneva, Illinois and attended Saint Charles North HS, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Justin had a love for soccer and basketball which he played in high school and college. In fact, Justin was the first All-American Men’s Soccer player at UW-W. Justin also traveled to England and Ireland to play in competitive soccer tournaments.

Justin was always the life of a party, whether it be with friends in high school, on a golf course with his best buddies, or fishing at Whitewater Lake and listening to country music. While his successes in freshwater fishing were many, his salt-water, deep-sea fishing excursions usually ended with a dock full of snapper. Occasionally a small shark or a hanger full of King/Spanish Mackerel would make for a great catch with his mom, dad, and brothers on annual vacations to the Florida panhandle.

Justin and his older brother Brandon were like best buddies since they were little and shared a love for soccer—still spending hours on the phone discussing upcoming league matches. And while Justin learned he was not getting a dog at age seven, but rather a baby brother, he became Jordan’s protector and they later found fishing to be their shared passion. 

Justin’s conversation and beautiful smile ultimately landed him a great sales job in Omaha, Nebraska. Unfortunately, we will never know if Justin’s future accomplishments would resemble his early life’s achievements.

An interesting phrase goes like this—“People may forget what you say, forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” And Justin, made so many people feel good. He will be greatly missed by many!

Justin is survived by his parents, Brian and Julie Stanko, his two brothers, Brandon and Jordan Stanko, and his grandma, Joan Soltis. He is preceded in death by his grandpas, Joe Soltis and Walter Stanko, and his grandma, Joan Stanko.

A wake will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Yurs Funeral Home, 405 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174 from 3:00 pm until 6:45 pm. A service will immediately follow from 6:45-7:15 pm and is open to all friends and family.

To honor Justin and his love for soccer, the family is creating a lasting memorial in support of the Boys’ Soccer program at St. Charles North High School. If you would like to support this cause, please make check payable to SCN Boys Soccer Booster Club and mail to Brian Stanko, 38w182 Mallard Lake Rd., St. Charles, Illinois 60175, or submit at wake.


Rebecca Matchette from Barrington, IL

"It is with a heavy heart Michael and I express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful boy Justin. We had such a nice conversation with him at Kerry's wedding last summer. His personality was engaging, his spirit bright. While there can be no greater loss than that of a child, a brother and a friend, may precious memories sustain comfort you. God bless - all our love, Beck and Michael"

Mike glabinski from South Elgin, IL

"Justin played soccer with our son Conner, we were shocked to see he has passed away, we send our prayers to you and your family. He was a great soccer player and a good role model to Conner. God bless you and your family."

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"We had the Pleasure of Justin Vacationing in our Florida Home with The McNeils. It was Our Pleasure to have known him. Our Sympathy goes out to Your Family"

Randy &Cheryl Loess from ELBURN, IL

"Justin was a great guy we watched grow up 2 doors down. He spent some Friday nites with pizza and Friday Night Lights TV by us. We all loved his humor, energy and love for friends, my sons. Coached him in a fun in house tourney B-ball league, incredible athlete. We are heartbroken and send our love to Julie, Brian,Brandon and Jordan. RIP Justin"

Sandy Mystek from Chicago , IL

"Brian and Julie my heart is just breaking for you. !m so sorry for your loss Love Ya Aunt Sandy"

Dave and Kelley Moran from Hazelhurst , WI

"Dear Stanko family, there are no words to express our deepest sympathies for Justin. What a shinning soul he was here on earth. While we did not know him, we do know Julie and understand the loss of a brother. He will continue to be an inspiration for you and will be with you in spirit. Heaven has truly gained an angel. God bless and may you find peace and solace in your memories with him. Dave and Kelley Moran"

Raymond (Ray) Benton Jr from Palatine, IL

"It is always wrong for a parent to say goodbye to a son or daughter. It is with a grieving heart that I learned of your news. I am so sorry."

Alexander Amro from Saint Charles, IL

"Justin was a great athlete and a role model. I was fortunate enough to play soccer with him in high school and build a friendship with someone who truly gave light to any conversation on any given day. I am very thankful to have met someone like Justin; my sincere condolences go to the Stanko family."

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