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April 25, 2002 7:26 pm

John Edward Jack' Stauffer

Written by Tribune Staff

(Oct. 3, 1924 - Feb. 18, 2010)

John Edward “Jack” Stauffer, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 after a battle with cancer.

Jack was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Lancaster, Pa., the fourth child of Chester and Mabel Stauffer. He graduated high school in 1942, was drafted in 1943, and served in the Army Air Corps until the end of WWII. Jack returned to school in Lancaster, graduating from Franklin Marshall College in 1951 and later receiving his master's degree in geology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

During school, he met Lorraine Harnish, also of Lancaster, and they were married on June 7, 1950. Upon graduation in 1953, he was hired by Ohio Oil. They moved to Powell and soon were transferred to Cody.

The Ohio Oil Company later became Marathon Oil Company, the company he worked for as a geologist until he retired in 1984.

After five years in Cody, Jack, Lorraine and their two young boys, Kurt and Eric, were transferred to Durango, Colo.

Mark, the third son, was born in Durango. It was also in Durango that Jack started studying with Jehovah's Witnesses.

They were transferred to Salt Lake City in 1958, where he continued his studies and was baptized in 1964.

His work took him to Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming. They returned to Wyoming in 1967—first to Casper, then back to Cody in 1979.

Jack loved his family and enjoyed being in the outdoors with them, especially the mountains. His love of the outdoors never faded — he would take his camper out to his favorite spot on the North Fork by himself when no one else was available, even up to the young age of 83.

Most of all, Jack cherished his relationship with his God, Jehovah, and he served many years as an elder in the Christian Congregation.

Jack and Lorraine never knew a stranger, opening their home to many people as they traveled through Cody. Jack, with his knowledge of geology, served as a personal tour guide for their visitors.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Robert and Richard.

Survivors include his wife, M. Lorraine Stauffer; sisters Dorothy Boettner of Cody and Ruth Child of Norristown, Pa.; sons, Kurt Stauffer (Vienn) of Cody, Eric Stauffer (Jenifer) of Powell and Mark Stauffer of Casper; grandchildren Nicolas Stauffer of Casper, Jesse Stauffer of Rock Springs, Brooke Harris (Seth) of Florida, Anthony Holcomb of Colorado, Haley Stauffer of Deaver, and Kelli Stauffer and Kacey Stauffer, both of Casper; and two great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 2702 Cougar Avenue in Cody.

Donations to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness or Spirit Mountain Hospice would be appreciated by the family.