of Alberta

Stauffer, Boyd

December 16, 1912 – June 4th, 2011

     Boyd was born on December 16, 1912 in Martland, Nebraska.  He had a happy childhood in the home of his parents Sam and Elizabeth Stauffer.

     In 1915 he moved with his parents to the Tofield area.  He started his schooling at Solberg and in 1922 they moved to a farm east of Tofield where he attended the Tofield school for the remainder of his elementary and high school education.  He enjoyed the challenges of learning.  In 1932 he boarded the train for Harrisonburg, Virginia where he attended Eastern Mennonite School for one year.

     After college he returned to Tofield where he worked for his father in the International Harvester Dealership.  His responsibilities included selling parts and delivering gas to farmers.  On July 10, 1935 he married Verba Stutzman and their first home was in Tofield.  To this union were born three children, Joyce, Bryan and Milo.  In 1942 they built a house one mile east of Tofield and started to farm.  In addition to the farming, he clerked farm auctions for Don Ball Auctioneers.

     At age 15 Boyd accepted Christ as his personal Savior and this decision had a major impact on how he lived the remainder of his life.  His church involvements included a variety of responsibilities such as helping with the Sunday School outreach in Poe, ministry to Laotian refugees and serving as the treasurer for the Mission Board.

     He passed away peacefully at Tofield Long Term Care on June 4, 2011 at the age of 98 years.  He was predeceased by his wife Verba and sister Dorothy Maurer.  He  is survived by one sister Edith Kauffman and three children, Joyce (Willis) Amstutz, Bryan (Judi) Stauffer and Milo (Bonnie) Stauffer, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

     Many have been touched by Boyd`s generous spirit.

       A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Salem Mennonite Church, south of Tofield.