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Craig Stauffer

A Mass of Christian Burial for Craig L. Stauffer, 42, of Wayland, will be held Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at the St. James Catholic Church in Washington with Father Bernie Weir officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wayland Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday, July 31, beginning with a Rosary at 3:00, followed by visitation until 7:00 pm at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington.  Memorial donations may be directed to the family.  Craig Stauffer died Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a five year health struggle.

Craig Lee Stauffer was born December 21, 1973 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, the son of John and Rachael (Whaley) Stauffer.  He graduated from WACO High School in 1992 and attended Iowa Wesleyan and Coe College.  Craig was involved in FFA and 4H, was an Eagle Scout and a Vigil Member of the Order of The Arrow.  His junior year of high school he served as a page in the Iowa House of Representatives.  Craig worked as a telephone technician in Wayland and at State Long Distance Phone Company in Wisconsin.  He was also employed as a correctional officer at the Walworth County Sheriff's Department in Elkhorn, WI.  Craig was united in marriage to Sharon Kowalski on July 3, 2005 in Whitewater, WI.  The couple lived in Wisconsin until moving back to Wayland last July.  Craig served on the Whitewater Fire Department for 14 years, where he was treasurer and a member of the Honor Role.  He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, coached little league football at WACO and in Wisconsin, and served on the Whitewater City Council.  Craig enjoyed his family, was extremely proud of his sons, and loved his wife very much.  He was also proud to be a fire fighter and loved politics and history.

Survivors include his wife Sharon of Wayland, two sons, Carson and John of Wayland, parents, John and Rachael Stauffer of Wayland, one brother, Graig "Sprout' Stauffer of Wayland, nephew, Christopher Stauffer of Wayland, his parternal grandmother, Ruth Stauffer of Wayland, mother-in-law, Sandra Kowalski of Whitewater, WI., brother-in-law, Michael (Sara) Kowalski of Westfield, WI., sister-in-law, Kari (Brian) Ropicky of Portage, WI., and a number of aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Craig in death were his maternal grandparents, Maynard and Mary Whaley, paternal grandfather, John Stauffer, father-in-law, Mike Kowalski and nephew Jacob Stauffer.

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I am very sad to hear the news of Craig's passing and my heart goes out to Craig's family and friends, as well as my thoughts and prayers.I met Craig in 1989 when we attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree.He was my Patrol Leader and I was the assistant.We shared a tent.I was always impressed with him and continued to be so over the years at Camp Eastman and through working with him on different projects and committees.He overflowed with Kindness and Competence at all times.I always looked up to him.

Joe Walljasper Jul 30 2016 12:00 AM

Dearest John, Rachael, Sharon & family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers, love and heartfelt condolences are with you and your family @ this great time of loss. Craig will be missed greatly but we cherish our memories of times we shared with him. Love, Margaret Molander & family

Margaret, Chuck, Bill & Dianne Molander & family's Jul 30 2016 12:00 AM

The entire George Wallace family sends our prayers to the family and friends, we are very sorry for your loss.Please remember we love you very much.

Max and Sally Wallace Jul 29 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss.Words can not fully express our sincere sorrow.I pray that the Lord will give you comfort and you will find peace, knowing he is with The Heavenly Father.

Herb and Jackie Quayle Jul 29 2016 12:00 AM

Craig, Brother Sir Knight, May you rest in peace. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Slobodnik Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Craig's passing.I enjoyed so much serving with him on the Whitewater City Council.Craig was an excellent council member who always tried to do the right thing for the entire city.He did not play favorites; he was unbiased and was always willing to listen to different viewpoints with an open mind.I particularly enjoyed Craig's humor.In those long council meetings, I could count on Craig to lean over and whisper something funny to me.It really broke the monotony and often lightened the mood. Craig was always good-natured and friendly.I feel fortunate to have known him and to have considered him a friend.God bless Sharon, John and Carson.

Kim Hixson Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM

Craig was a very important member of the Police Explorer Post 911 in Mount Pleasant in the 1990's and I enjoyed my time with Craig during his time with the Explorer Post.

Bob Griffith Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM

I'm sorry for the loss of your dear loved one, Craig, and may you be encouraged by the God of all comfort, Jehovah, thru his word the holy bible in Psalms 34:18: Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. God's word also says in Isaiah 25:8: He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces...For Jehovah himself has spoken it.(Psalms 83:18; Titus 1:2) Revelation 21:1-5; / John 5:28,29; John 11:25,26. This is what God's Kingdom, under Jesus Christ rulership, will accomplish in the very near future, for all those who love righteousness. The true God promises in his word, in Psalms 37:11,29:..The meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. 29: The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.(New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures)

Mrs. Ganaway Jul 28 2016 12:00 AM