Grant E. “Bud” Stauffer, Jr., age 79 years of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 10:13 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana following a brief illness.
He was born on August 13, 1938 at Saint David, Illinois to Grant E. and Irene (Branchfield) Stauffer, Sr. and was graduated from the Canton (Illinois) High School. He was employed as a manager at Jack Hood Transportation of Michigan City, Indiana which specializes in the distribution of national newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal. He has lived in Niles since 1968, coming from South Bend, Indiana.
Bud loved his family, and was most fond of the “get-togethers” to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and any other reason. For Bud, getting-together was worth celebrating.
On November 13, 1970 in Niles he married the former Lillian C. (Wojcik) Sabat, with whom he celebrated last year the forty-seventh anniversary of their wedding.
Surviving family includes his wife, Lillian Stauffer; his children, Charles (& Debby) Stauffer, Jackie (& Ed) Banfi, Patrick (& Dianne) Stauffer, Sherri Stauffer, and Judy Adams, all of South Bend, Indiana; Lillian’s children, Patricia (& Neil) Ledet of Fremont, Indiana, and Chad (& Gail) Sabat, Andy Sabat, and Dan (& Kelly) Sabat, all of Niles; eighteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; Bud’s sister, Judy (& Dean) Weaver of Troy, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a sister, Shelby Rice.
The funeral service for Bud Stauffer will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles with Mr. Jim Snyder – nephew of Bud - officiating. Committal services will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.
The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Bud may be made to the Berrien County Cancer Services, 7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, Michigan 49127; http://www.bccancerservice.org/ways-to-give.
Berrien County Cancer Services
3900 Hollywood Road, Saint Joseph MI 49085