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Maurice E. Stauffer, 91, formerly of Bertrand, Mo., passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Hayti, Mo., to Charles & Claire (Rousselot) Stauffer.
He and Beatrice Redman were married Dec. 11, 1942, in Detroit. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Chateau Girardeau.
Maurice graduated from Diehlstadt High School and attended college in Rolla, Mo. In 1942, he entered the Coast Guard in service to his country during World War II. After the war, he and Beatrice moved back to Scott County where he farmed for many years. Later, he went into real estate development. Maurice was a member of First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; a son, Dale Stauffer of Boston; a daughter, Kay (Roger) Tolliver of Cape Girardeau; a granddaughter, Amy (Scott) Hatmaker; and three great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Mallory and Davis of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Howard Stauffer, of Bertrand.
Visitation will be from noon until time of service Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Geoff Posegate officiating.
Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston with full military honors.
The Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main, Sikeston, MO, 63801.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.