Alan “Al” Charles Stauffer of Okemos,
Passed away at home, with his wife by his side on October 9, 2021, at the age of 73. He died of Chondrosarcoma Cancer to the lungs that had metastasized from the femur. Al was born in Lansing, MI., April 2, 1948, the son of Maynard and Cornelia (Steenbergen) Stauffer. He was a 1967 graduate of Everett High School. After high school, he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War as a radio operator. Al’s first job was owning his own carpet cleaning business called Alan’s Quality Service. Several years later, he started another business, Stauffer’s Painting, doing interior and exterior house painting. He also did yard work for some clients and small maintenance jobs. Al had a keen mind and a steel trap mind that could remember every fine detail. His memory was phenomenal and he could tell you stories from back when he was 4 years Old. Al had a dry sense of humor and would always put a smile on your face with his many stories. He loved history and enjoyed all the PBS documentaries on our country. Al also enjoyed golfing with the “Old Duffer” league, reading and was intrigued with the housing market. Al’s favorite vacation place was Mackinac Island. He and his wife, Julie, had their honeymoon there on July 24, 1976. They tried to visit the Island every year up until COVID hit in 2020. Al’s pride and joy was his yard. He loved keeping the grass cut, the trees trimmed and keeping it looking professionally done. He and Julie built their back patio together, a little shed for tools and Al built the arbor going into their backyard. Many autumn evenings, Al would build a fire in the fire pit so he and Julie could sit out and enjoy the beauty of it all. Bike riding was a joy for Al. Crego Park was one of his favorite trails and he was always exploring new places to bike. Kayaking was also a favorite of Al’s and he taught Julie on how FUN this sport could be. They kayaked more for taking in the beauty and relaxing. Al enjoyed Lake Lansing for kayaking and was intrigued to explore new lakes every year.
Al is survived by his wife of 45 years, Julie Stauffer; siblings, Diane Thornton, Linda (Robert) Jenkins, Tom Stauffer; niece, Laura Czaelada; nephew, Bob Thornton; sister-in-laws, Lee Anne Surdenik, Donna Fischer and Lori (Russ) Headley; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Al’s request, cremation will take place and there will be no services. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Pro Medical Heartland Hospice Care, 865 S. Cedar Street Mason, MI 48854. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit our website, www.millsfuneral.com.
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