Donald H. Stauffer, 83, Army vet, retired CVHS teacher, active at St. Paul Lutheran, train lover

By on December 27, 2017

Donald H. Stauffer, of Lititz, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at the age of 83.

Born at home in Lancaster in 1934, he was the son of the late Walter W. and Ellida H. Stauffer. He was predeceased by his brothers: Glenn H. and Ray H. Stauffer; and his sister: Nila Weaver.

He is survived by his wife: Gayle Topping Stauffer; son: David, husband to Cynthia Stauffer; daughter: Laura, wife of Thong Sisay; and grandson: Nico Sisay.

He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1952 and West Chester State Teachers College in 1956. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany as a cartographer. He was discharged from the Army reserves in 1963. He married his wife, Gayle, in June of 1963 at Saint Andrews U.C.C. in Lancaster. His first teaching assignment was at Kennett Square, where he taught junior high social studies; he retired from teaching social studies at Conestoga Valley High School in 1993.

Don was very involved with his church congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lititz. He enjoyed music, was a pianist, played in the church’s Jubilate Bell choir and sang with the senior choir. He was a skilled woodworker and gave much of his work to friends and family as gifts or donated them to charity. He was also an avid train enthusiast who built model railroads in his spare time.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 200 W. Orange St., Lititz. Visitation with the family will begin at 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name may be made to Power Packs Project of Lancaster County or to ELCA Good Gifts.

To leave the family a personal condolence, visit Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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