Harold A. Stauffer, age 88 of Forest Lake, died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 at the Birchwood Healthcare Center.
Harold was born on March 31, 1924 in Lawrence, Kan. to parents, John Manasses and Leona Myrtle (Van Deusen) Stauffer. Harold grew up in Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. He married Jennie “Marie” Mygatt of Kansas City, Mo. on May 5, 1949 at Paseo Assembly of God.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 21, 1943 during World War II and was reactivated during the Korean Conflict in 1952. At this time the Army transferred him to Fort Snelling and he and Marie and son Don moved to the St. Paul area.
He worked on missile silos in Kansas and later found work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority as a bus driver for many years in St. Paul. During the summer of 1976 he was driving a city bus in south Minneapolis when a stray bullet came through his window and lodged behind his left eye. He lost sight in that eye, which ended his bus driving career.
Harold then took a job working for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail sorter. His final job before he retired was working for the City of Forest Lake in the city maintenance department.
In 1980, Harold and his family moved to Tarpon Springs, Fl. and later returned to Forest Lake in January of 1982. In 1990 Harold and Marie moved to Harris and lived there until 2010 when they moved to Birchwood Arbors Assisted Living.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents, John and Leona Stauffer; daughter-in-law, Rita Faye Schneider Stauffer and son-in-law, Richard Christophersen.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, “Marie” Stauffer; son Don and Sharon (Balts) of Glenwood City, Wis. and grandchildren, John (Priscilla), James (Annette) and Peter (Dorcas); son David of Minnetonka and grandson, Michael; daughter, Sherrill (Wayne Luebesmeier) of North Branch and granddaughters, Joann and Jennie Hodgeman; daughter Darlene Christophersen of Little Falls and grandchildren, Dannelle, Brent and Nicholas Archibald; son Paul (Della) (Bernier) of Stacy and grandchildren, Adam (Amanda) Joy Burton (Mark), Faith and Phillip; daughter Katherine and Tom Sternberg of St. Francis and grandchildren Holly Workman (Phil) and Justin (Meagan); daughter Barb Fulks of Selby, S.D. and grandchildren, Abigail (Timothy) Quist and Seth Stauffer; daughter Linda Houn of Minneapolis and grandchildren Amy, Robert Pancake; as well as Harold’s 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16 at Full Gospel Fellowship Church in White Bear Lake. Interment took place as Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.