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Melvin Stauffer

Obituary for Melvin Stauffer

October 29, 1928 - June 5, 2017
Creston, Iowa | Age 88


Melvin Stauffer, 88, of Creston, died Monday, June 5, 2017, at the Crest Haven Care Centre in Creston.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the Powers Funeral Home 601 New York Ave. in Creston. Pastor Chuck Spindler will officiate the service.

Burial will be at the Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston.

Open visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, with family receiving friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences can be given at

Melvin Earl Stauffer was born on October 29, 1928 on a farm in Jewell County, Kan., a son to Earl J. Stauffer and Christina M. (Elniff) Stauffer. He was a graduate with the class of 1946 from Randall High School in Randall, Kan.

On November 28, 1947, Melvin was united in marriage to Darlene Louise Knowlton in Belleville, Kan. They first settled in Concordia, Kan., where Melvin began working at a dairy, then at the newspaper and then began his career at Gambles Store. He became the manager of Gambles while living in Beloit, Kan., then relocated to Lawrence, Kan. and then Winfield, Kan., where he was the manager at those locations as well. He moved to Creston in 1964 where he purchased and managed the Gambles store. He was employed with Gambles for over 35 years and then worked at Innovative Industry as a traveling salesman, retiring in 1993. Louise passed away in 2008.

Melvin was a member at the Crest Baptist Church in Creston. Melvin was a member and former President and Secretary of the Eagle's Lodge in Creston. He also bowled on various team throughout his life and enjoyed playing cards.

Melvin is survived by his two daughters, Linda (husband Norm) Schroeder of Creston and Rebecca (husband Michael) Fucaloro of Des Moines; a son Richard (wife Tawny) Stauffer of Creston; seven grandchildren, Dena (husband Aaron) Chapman of Creston, Zachary (wife Becky) Seabrooke of Des Moines, Teresa Seabrooke of Des Moines, Tyler Seabrooke of Des Moines, Jesse Stauffer of Creston, Echo (husband Kendric) Webb of Minot, N.D. and Sean Stauffer of Creston; nine great-grandchildren, Samuel Chapman, Maxwell Chapman, Chayla Turner, Tailyn Howard, Braydon Hayes, Kylee Stauffer-Wallace, Amera Seabrooke, Bam Stauffer and Daylynn Stauffer.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife Louise, four brothers, Edward, Gaylord, Loreen and Fay "Donald" Stauffer, two sisters, Velma Hansen and Emma Roberts, grandson Chad Schroeder and great-grandson Calder Seabrooke.


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