He was a forestry consultant and had been a licensed professional forester in Maryland for 37 years and in West Virginia for three years. He also practiced forestry in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He was the owner of Forestry Concepts and Staley's Christmas Trees, both of Taneytown. He was a former co-owner of E & E Trees of Mount Airy, Md.
Mr. Staley had attended Grace United Methodist Church (formerly Grace United Brethren Church) in Hagerstown. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and was recognized for Outstanding Service to Forestry by the Allegheny Chapter in 1991. He also was a member of Maryland Forest Associates, the National Christmas Tree Association, the Maryland Farm Bureau and he served on the Carroll County Foresters Board and the board of the Farm Museum.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are one son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Sandy Black Staley of Biglerville, Pa.; one sister, Thelma Jean Stockslager of Hagerstown; five brothers, William Staley, David Staley, Stephen Staley and Robert Staley, all of Hagerstown and John Staley of Warfordsburg, Pa.; two grandsons, Ryan and Jarred Staley of Biglerville and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kara Leigh Staley, who died in 1997.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Skiles Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family memorial fund, "In Kara's Memory," c/o Jo Staley, 4338 Harney Road, Taneytown, MD 21787.