Alfred James Stauffer, 80, co-managed family fruit farm, ECC member, gospel fan, weather watcher

By on March 13, 2019

Alfred James Stauffer, 80, of Lititz, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Ephrata Manor.

He was married 54 years to Ruth Ann Leaman Stauffer. Born in Brecknock Township, he was the son of the late Aaron O. and Mary G. Musser Stauffer.

Al’s work experience included cabinet making at Rutt Custom Kitchens and Premier Custom Built; overseeing custodial, maintenance and “Helps” departments at the Worship Center; and co-managing his family’s fruit farm with his cousin David Musser.

Al was a member of the Ephrata Community Church. He enjoyed gospel music, reading, and was an avid weather watcher. Except for the last several weeks of his Alzheimer’s journey, he maintained his precious sense of humor and a clear joyful faith.

Surviving besides his wife are these children and grandchildren: Lavon, married to Moye West Stauffer, and their sons, Preston, Grant and Carson of Lititz; Bob, married to Krista Showalter Stauffer, and their daughters, Alexandra and Ella of Mount Joy; a grandson: Ethan Davis of Lititz (son of Al’s late daughter Jan); and Marilyn, wife of Ben Turner and their children, Aaron, Lily, and Jack of Lititz. Also surviving are two sisters: Mary Jane, wife of Charles Rutter of Lancaster; and Lois, wife of Harvey Thiessen of Hesston, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by half sisters: Eva Fox, Elizabeth Burkhart, Verna Musser and Katie Stauffer; and half brothers: Jack Stauffer and Enos Stauffer.

A memorial service was held March 10 at the Ephrata Community Church, with the Rev. Matt Swords officiating. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Al’s memory may be made to the Landis Homes Adult Day Care Services, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send an online condolence to the family, visit Arrangements by the Eckenroth Funeral Home, Terre Hill.

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