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Harold Stouffer Obituary


Harold G. (Hal) Stouffer Hal Stouffer, 67, passed away February 7, 2009 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Akron, Ohio February 7, 1942 to Earl R. and Bessie (McCracken) Stouffer. He moved to Houghton Lake in 1954 when his parents bought North Shore Hardware. He graduated from Houghton Lake High School in 1960. He met Carol Ann Robinson while a student at University of Akron. They were married August 15,1964. Upon graduation, Hal was inducted into the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He was a Missile Launch Commander at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming obtaining the rank of Captain. He moved back to Houghton Lake in 1970, with his wife and two children, to help run North Shore Hardware. In 1979 he opened Stouffer’s Appliance World, which he owned and operated for 19 years. For the last ten years he had been working as a computer programmer. One of Hal’s most proud public accomplishments was the creation and expansion of the Markey Township Fire and EMS Department where he served as Chief from the department’s inception in 1973 until 1993. Hal’s service example has inspired other residents in the community to participate with the department and to volunteer their time, being their neighbor’s keeper. He was a man of many talents. His first love was his home pipe organ and listening to music by J.S. Bach. He also was an airplane pilot, sportsman, and golfer until bad health forced him to give them up. Hal leaves his wife, Carol Ann Stouffer of Houghton Lake; his daughter Linda (Jerry) Krassau of Hudson Wisconsin, his son Craig (Kathleen Allen) Stouffer of Kalamazoo, Michigan, sister Joyce (John) Schlitt of Hacienda Hgts, California and sister Rachel (David) Stanford of Massilon, Ohio, his brother Daniel (Ruth) Stouffer of Houghton Lake and five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Hal was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Bessie Stouffer of Houghton Lake. Carol, Linda and Craig Stouffer would like to thank everyone in the Houghton Lake area for their support and for the friendship they gave Hal during his life in the community. In lieu of a funeral a celebration of life party is being planned for the end of July. Memorial contributions can be made to the Markey Firefighters Association, 2113 N Markey Rd, Houghton Lake MI 48629, Attn Jerry Wyckoff.

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