Howard L. Stauffer, Jr.

Howard L. Stauffer, Jr., 93, of Franklin Township, Ellwood City, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and devoted caregiver to his late wife for many years, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday evening, February 25, 2013, in the Mary Evans Extended Care Center at the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Harmony, PA on September 21, 1919 to the late Howard L. Stauffer, Sr. and the late Katherine E. Buehler Stauffer. He served as Sergeant and aircraft armorer in the 1768 Ordnance Company of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, where he fought in the North Africa Campaign, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and Rhineland. He was also present at the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and captured two German flags. Howard worked as a stainless steel inspector, ultrasonic tester, and foreman at the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel until its closure. He then worked on the road crew in Franklin Township and later at the Ellwood City Forge. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, and most especially spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife of 63 years, Beverly L. West Stauffer, on May 10, 2009. He was also preceded by his son-in-law, Kenneth C. McCartney, on January 4, 2013.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol L. McCartney and Pamela K. (and Mark) Zikeli, all of Ellwood City. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Leigh Ann Sechrist of Butler, and his great grandson, Jacob Sechrist. He is also survived by two sisters, Leah K Kiesling of Ellwood City and H. Lucille Scheidemantel of Middleburg Heights, OH, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 4-7 P.M. on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

A private celebration of his life for his family will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, March 1, 2013 at TURNER’S with Rev. Peggy Suhr-Barkley, his pastor, officiating.

Full military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard at Turner’s.

Interment will follow in the English Lutheran Cemetery, Zelienople.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Howard’s name, to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 207 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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