Woodrow J. Staman

May 8, 1914October 19, 2013

Woodrow “Woody” Staman has taken his final flight at the age of 99, on October 19th, 2013.

He is survived by his wife and constant companion, Doris. Also surviving is one son, Donnie Lee Staman, step-son Forrest (Karin) Duddles, step-daughters Heather (Andrew) Glucklich, and Norma Hannum Hare, eight step-grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by wife Agnes Hannum Staman, and step-son Dewey Hannum, brother Harry (Mae) Staman, and sisters Leone (Alfred) Sheets, and Ruth (Manuel) Farmer.

Woody retired from the Operating Engineers Union Number 12 in an earlier year, finally retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration at the age of 65. He was then designated by the FAA to administer flight exams. He performed this duty until 82 years of age, but continued flying until he was 89 years old. His love for flying started with a plane ride at the age of 15. He went on to serve in the Air Force during World War II, flew for Seaboard & Western Airline, completing his career with the FAA. During short interruptions in his flying career, he was a crane operator at the San Pedro Island Shipyard, and also operated heavy grading equipment.

In addition to flying, his hobbies were amateur radio, motorcycles, race cars, and bicycling. He loved his son and step-children and the children cared deeply for him. They expressed deep admiration for him as a model husband and father.

At his request, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donating to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or a hospice of your choice.

Memorial services will be held at Waterloo Village United Methodist Church, 8110 Washington St., Grass Lake, MI 49240, on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 with visitation at 12:00 and services at 1:00 p.m.


  • Memorial Thursday, October 24, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, October 24, 2013

Woodrow J. Staman

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David Kopeschka

November 5, 2013

Doris, Heather and Andrew,

So sorry for your loss. I have so enjoyed knowing Woody for all these years and will miss those in depth discussions of his aviation career. Blessing to you all.

Gina Sweazey

October 23, 2013

Heather, Andrew & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Your Rolls-Royce Family, Indianapolis

Tia wysocki

October 22, 2013

So very, very sorry. Woody was such a good man. We will miss him.