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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI

OBITUARY

Lee Emery Stauffer

September 2, 1936May 3, 2020

Lee Emery Stauffer, September 2, 1936, from Lowell, Michigan, died at home in DeWitt on May 3, 2020 as the result of sarcoma. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys (Arens); children Leigh Anne Heskitt, Ron (Jennifer) Stauffer, Jill Fletcher, Kurt (Sandy) Stauffer, Dawn Hill, Jonathon Stauffer; Grandchildren Candace Heskitt, Ian (Jennifer) Heskitt, Alexander Heskitt, Blake Stauffer, Sam Stauffer, Rachel (Cory) Sweet, Zachary (Tegan) Fletcher, Jacob (Bekah) Fletcher, Nina Stauffer, Nadia Stauffer, Owen Stauffer, Auden Stauffer, Lillian Hill, Laurel Hill, Asa Hill; great grandchildren Coraline, Sterling, Hugh, Jude, Zora, Kenton, Blair; “Little Brother” (Big Brothers/Big Sisters) of 55 years, Billy Lynch; sister Janice (Pete) Bosanic; half-siblings Arva Stauffer, Ardelle Klein, Shirley Stauffer, Karen Torres, Roger Stauffer. Lee is preceded in death by parents Lester and (Jesusita) Stauffer, Evelyn Duffiny, brother Robert Stauffer, Ardist Ann (Stauffer) Merritt, and grandson Joseph Fletcher.

Lee graduated from Resurrection High School in 1955. He later went to work at “Oldsmobile,” as it was known, as a metal model maker before retiring in 1996. He spoke fondly of Resurrection High School and also General Motors, where he enjoyed his work and had many friends. Lee played softball with his “Oldsmobile” team and was a regular attendee of the UAW’s Oldsmobile Outdoor Days.

Those who knew Lee, know he lived life fully and enjoyed many activities, including family, church, the outdoors, and athletics. Beside his love for wife Gladys, he was devoted to his family. Lee’s children remember many fun vacations together in the family station wagon, such as annual Cedar Point trips, driving through the mountains, visiting museums in Washington DC, and National Landmarks throughout the country. Lee had a great sense of humor. Stories of a car full of Florida oranges, a cold glass of water at Wall Drug, bologna sandwiches at rest areas, and many others are fond reminders of the happy childhood of his six kids. Lee enjoyed traveling the country and also parts of Europe. Later in life he especially liked Branson, Missouri. He took his final wheelchair-bound trip to Branson in the fall of 2019 as he and Gladys celebrated their anniversary. Lee’s own childhood was sad in many ways, but it motivated him to raise his own family differently. He was an active member in his family’s life.

Lee loved fishing. Those who knew him admired his patience and persistence in finding where the fish were biting and rarely did he come home with an empty net. He also perfected his method of frying his catch for the enjoyment of others. Lee was an avid gardener. In his leisure time if he wasn’t found in a boat on a lake, he could be found in the garden. He was known by many for his colorful harvests of fruits and vegetables, which he happily shared with others.

Lee was generous with his time, treasure, and talent and said “yes” when called upon to help others, whether sponsoring a grandchild’s religious formation, trimming trees at church or gardening at St Francis Retreat Center. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (4 th Degree) through his parish, The Catholic Community of St. Jude, where he was also an usher and sang in the choir. Lee worked on many Lenten fish fries there and was active in many other helping ministries including youth religious education. He also enjoyed all manner of social and community activities.

In addition to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, he also was a supporter of Right to Life. He also enjoyed following politics and had strong opinions, which he kept to himself, unless asked. He led his sons in the YMCA Indian Guide program and was known as “Golden Arrow” to “Silver Arrow” and “Straight Arrow.” He was an amateur carpenter. He created many things out of wood and had impressive home remodeling skills and was able to fix most anything.

In addition to playing softball on the Oldsmobile team, Lee enjoyed playing catch with his kids and “pickup games” in the neighborhood. He also coached both boys and girls in community leagues. He took up bowling and was well-known for his bowling skill. His family bragged about his perfect 300 games, but Lee was most proud of his 780 series. It was a sad day in early 2020 when he made that call to say he wouldn’t be returning to the bowling alley. Selling his fishing boat was another final piece of important business in his life. Lee golfed on the K of C league in recent years. Enjoying a beer with the guys after golf or bowling was one of his simple pleasures of life.

People naturally liked Lee, his kind nature and easy smile. He was fun to be around and he and his wife Gladys had many wonderful adventures together, including many family traditions, camping trips, travel, dancing, church activities, walking the Mackinac Bridge, fishing up north, supporting the kids and grandkids activities and working out at the YMCA. Lee will be missed, but most will agree that he did his part to make the world a better place.

Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman, DeWitt. A Funeral Mass will be held for a limited number of immediate family at The Catholic Community of St Jude in DeWitt on Friday May 8 with interment at the DeWitt City Cemetery. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. THE FAMILY HOPES ALL WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Resurrection School, 1521 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912, or Clinton County Right to Life, 105 S. Swegles St, Saint Johns, MI 48879

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Edward Johnsonbaugh

May 13, 2020

A sad day for me. My prayers and condolences are with you Gladys. I have many fond memories of Lee, Community of St. Jude, K of C, fish fries, fishing trips to Houghton Lake, golf league -- the list could go on. A great guy that will be surely missed by those who were privileged to have met him. May the lord be with you in your sorrow.

Ed Johnsonbaugh

Leigh Heskitt

May 8, 2020

I’ll remember Dad’s humor. It was always fun to joke with him. He really was a kind soul. Other than Rosie O’Donell, I rarely heard him say an unkind word about anyone. I hope he forgave Rosie, as I believe her edges softened over the years! Dad had soft edges too. He had a terrific ability to empathize, which is an important quality for a father with daughters! I was blessed with him as my dad. The Stauffer family feels blessed for the outpouring of kindness shared over the past weeks. Thank you to each and every one who prayed, baked, visited, and cared.

Karen Gorman(Doty)

May 8, 2020

I met Lee when I was a child. My dad Bruce worked with him at Oldsmobile. Fast forward, He came to my house in DeWitt to get goats milk for my friend Dawn, yes his beautiful warrior, loving daughter ❤. Dad and him talked about the good old days! He left my life was forever changed. Gladys worked with Judy Seyka mom's side of family, Candace blessings from Lockworx(have been seeing Frank since it opened) she's a bright light. Love, this family from Hill's to all knowing you has been joyous! Love, The Gorman's

Karen Torres

May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020
Lee was my eldest brother. I was known as the baby sister. He was also my Godfather. Lee looked a lot like our Dad and I thought of him like a younger version of him. It didnt matter what ages we were, we enjoyed family occasions together quite often like the July summer Reformatory picnics or fried chicken and homemade noodles that Mom would prepare so lovingly. Lee was always in a good humor and I will always remember him that way. I love you Lee. I hope you are having a wonderful reunion with Mom, Dad, Bob and Ardist. God bless you. Your baby sister, Karen Stauffer Torres.
Karen Torres
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Sister Nancyann Turner

May 7, 2020

I feel terribly sad. Lee was one on the kindest persons I have ever known...and didn't have a mean bone in his body. He and I grew up in the same neighborhood and he was our
paper boy for some years...Thus, he was a long time friend.

Unfortunately, we had sort of lost touch over the last several years. But last February, his wife, Gladys, called me to tell me about his cancer. She wanted desperately to bring him to Detroit and have him take part in a healing service at Solanus Center run by the Capuchin Brothers--where I had worked at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen for many years.

Anyway, I helped arrange it and they drove in with a daughter to Detroit in mid-February. We had lunch together and then, went over to the chapel for the prayer service. Gladys and her
daughter wanted to explore the gift shop there--so Lee and I sat in the chapel (he could walk with help but was weak.) visiting...We had a great visit and he started telling me all about
his great fishing adventures at Kensington Park just beyond Brighton. I knew the place well so we enjoyed our conversation. We also shared lots of memories of our Resurrection H.S classmates.

Eventually, lovely the prayer service was over; Lee and his family got on their way back to Lansing. I was so impressed with he deep love his wife, Gladys, had for him: "I have loved him and been with him for 58 years!!!! I want him for more..."

Such a dear, dear man--loving, caring, humble...Rest in peace, dear friend.



Sister Nancyann Turner

May 7, 2020

I feel terribly sad. Lee was one on the kindest persons I have ever known...and didn't have a mean bone in his body. He and I grew up in the same neighborhood and he was our
paper boy for some years...Thus, he was a long time friend.

Unfortunately, we had sort of lost touch over the last several years. But last February, his wife, Gladys, called me to tell me about his cancer. She wanted desperately to bring him to Detroit and have him take part in a healing service at Solanus Center run by the Capuchin Brothers--where I had worked at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen for many years.

Anyway, I helped arrange it and they drove in with a daughter to Detroit in mid-February. We had lunch together and then, went over to the chapel for the prayer service. Gladys and her
daughter wanted to explore the gift shop there--so Lee and I sat in the chapel (he could walk with help but was weak.) visiting...We had a great visit and he started telling me all about
his great fishing adventures at Kensington Park just beyond Brighton. I knew the place well so we enjoyed our conversation. We also shared lots of memories of our Resurrection H.S classmates.

Eventually, lovely the prayer service was over; Lee and his family got on their way back to Lansing. I was so impressed with he deep love his wife, Gladys, had for him: "I have loved him and been with him for 58 years!!!! I want him for more..."

Such a dear, dear man--loving, caring, humble...Rest in peace, dear friend.



Sister Nancyann Turner

May 7, 2020

I feel terribly sad. Lee was one on the kindest persons I have ever known...and didn't have a mean bone in his body. He and I grew up in the same neighborhood and he was our
paper boy for some years...Thus, he was a long time friend.

Unfortunately, we had sort of lost touch over the last several years. But last February, his wife, Gladys, called me to tell me about his cancer. She wanted desperately to bring him to Detroit and have him take part in a healing service at Solanus Center run by the Capuchin Brothers--where I had worked at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen for many years.

Anyway, I helped arrange it and they drove in with a daughter to Detroit in mid-February. We had lunch together and then, went over to the chapel for the prayer service. Gladys and her
daughter wanted to explore the gift shop there--so Lee and I sat in the chapel (he could walk with help but was weak.) visiting...We had a great visit and he started telling me all about
his great fishing adventures at Kensington Park just beyond Brighton. I knew the place well so we enjoyed our conversation. We also shared lots of memories of our Resurrection H.S classmates.

Eventually, lovely the prayer service was over; Lee and his family got on their way back to Lansing. I was so impressed with he deep love his wife, Gladys, had for him: "I have loved him and been with him for 58 years!!!! I want him for more..."

Such a dear, dear man--loving, caring, humble...Rest in peace, dear friend.



Gary & Lynn Mallette

May 7, 2020

He will be missed. Lee was a kind and gentle soul We met several time over the last few years and he was so kind to us.

Bill(y) Lynch

May 6, 2020

I could fill volumes of pages with all of the happy memories of my time with Lee. Most all include his family too, because he was first and foremost a "family man!" Lee was also a devoted husband, man of faith, a gentleman and friend to everyone he ever met.

In 1965, when I was 9 years old, Lee volunteered to become my mentor in the "Big Brothers" program. His two year commitment became a lifetime one and he became much more a friend and true father figure to me the older we both became. I can't begin to share everything this man has done over the years to make me a better person, but trust me... I am the man I am because of the positive examples he consistantly set for me.

He will be missed by many, but forgotten by noone who ever knew him.

The picture is from our "couples trip" Lee, Galdys, my wife Audie and I took in 2008. Lee and I are in front of the famous "Cliffs of Moher."

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