Lt. Col. Oscar B. Stauff, Jr. - USAF Ret.
1921 ~ 2013
Oscar was born January 8, 1921, to Oscar Brent Stauff, Sr. and Rhoda S. Pugh in Rickreall, Oregon. He passed away August 9, 2013, in Emmett, Idaho.
His family moved to Payette, Idaho, in 1926. Oscar graduated from Payette High School, Class of 1939, and attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. He joined the Army Air Corps in May 1942.
Prior to World War II he was a member of Battery "C" 148th Field Artillery, Idaho National Guard. During the war he flew 30 combat B17 Bomber missions over Europe as a Lead Navigator in the 8th Air Force.
Oscar was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.
He married Eileen F. Guilfoy of Bovill, Idaho, when he returned from England in 1945. They met while attending the University of Idaho before World War II.
Colonel Stauff served at Headquarters Strategic Air Command before retiring at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington as a Staff Officer in Operations.
Following his retirement in 1962, he purchased the family farm north of Payette, where he was an orchardist. He also pursued a career in sales of class rings, caps and gowns, announcements and yearbooks to high schools and colleges throughout the area.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ardinelle, Elizabeth, Dorthea, brother Clifton and his beloved wife of 65 years, Eileen, in 2010.
He is survived by his children; Brent (Kay) of Payette, Brian (Lyda) of Eagle, Gretchen of Bend, OR and Russell (Susan) of Medford, OR; his grandchildren, Mike (Stacy) of Spirit Lake, ID, Megan Stork (George) of Kennewick, WA, Peter (Dayami) of North Bend, OR, David (Kathleen) of North Bend, OR, Keeley (Carter Freeman) of Eagle, ID, Matt Harvey (Nicole Stodhoff) of Redmond, OR, Sarah of Medford, OR, Stacy (Mark) Fenton of Burns, OR, Dr. Scott (RoseAnna) Holliday of Twin Falls, ID. and Fransisca Montoya Martinez of Murcia, Spain.; also nine great grandchildren Chandlor, Patrick and Evan of North Bend Oregon, Ruby and Dianna Stork of Kennewick, WA, Tyler and Abbey Fenton of Burns, OR and Christian and Kevin Holliday of Twin Falls, ID; one brother-in-law Philip (Louise) Guilfoy of Moscow, ID.
His family would like to thank Dr. Paul Gering and staff, the staff at the Cottages in Payette and Emmett, Cherry Ridge Rehabilitation Center and Walter Knox Hospital in Emmett for their dedicated care of our father during his stay with them and Assisting Angels and Sarah Care of Boise.
There will be a family gathering and memorial held at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Evan Stauff Donation Account at any U.S. Bank.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 22, 2013
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