Earl Paul Stauffer, age 84, of Lancaster, Ohio (formerly of Massillon, Ohio) passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021. Earl was born in Massillon, Ohio, on November 5, 1936, to the late Raymond and Margaret (Keller) Stauffer. He was a 1954 graduate of Massillon Washington High School and worked as a machine inspector at Tyson Bearing Company for 27 years. In his early work years, Earl was employed by Massillon Hardware and Supply, and he also maintained a small printing business out of his home where he crafted business cards, programs, advertising signs, and posters for local organizations. Throughout his youth, Earl was an active member of the Massillon Boys’ Club, which served to promote opportunities for boys in the local community. Earl was president of the Boys’ Club Council and volunteer instructor in archery and in the printing department of the club. He was awarded “Boy of the Year” by the Boys’ Club of America in 1955, an award based on service to the community and to the Club. Earl was a sports enthusiast and in particular, an avid Massillon Tiger, Ohio State Buckeye, and Cleveland Browns football fan. He also loved baseball and as a hobby, acquired an extensive collection of baseball cards including many famous players and rare collectibles. Earl enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, 1950’s music, animal shows, country songs, and playing card games. Above all, he cherished spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Earl was fond of all animals but held a special affection for dogs; his last dog, Cassie, was a Shepherd Husky mix adopted from a local shelter. Earl was a long-time member of Faith Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio.
Earl is survived by his children, Diane Stauffer of Cincinnati, Debbie (Alan) Young of Lancaster, and Doug (Dawn) Stauffer of Roy, Washington; grandchildren, Sara, Amy and Matt Young, Kylee Clem, and Natalie Gebby; several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friend and companion, Millie Irwin, of Lancaster, Ohio.
Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Anne (Malvutch) Stauffer, his parents, and his siblings, Esther Reinoehl, Floyd Stauffer, Dorothy Bristor, Ruth Carlson, and Thelma Charlton.
In consideration of the Covid pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date in Massillon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Earl’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting https://www.alz.org/ or by mail at 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.
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