LAKELAND, Fla. - Ronald E. Stoffer, 71, of Lakeland, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, following a long illness. He was a former resident of Amherst, Mass.
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Ron Stoffer was born on July 3, 1941, in Norfolk, Neb., to George F. and Caroline Beckman Stoffer. He was the youngest of ten siblings.
After graduating from Norfolk High School, Ron enlisted in the United States Air Force and trained as an air traffic control Recovery Officer. He served at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee and in Osan, Korea. While stationed at Westover, he studied business administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
From his early 20s until his retirement in 2003, Ron built a distinguished career in the corrugated box industry, rising from sales representative to positions in regional management. He was known to colleagues and friends for his strong work ethic, gift for persuasion and sense of humor. A generous host, he enjoyed entertaining friends and family, playing golf and listening to country music.
In addition to his wife of nearly 30 years, Sharon A. Stoffer, Ron is survived by a sister, Irma Wagner, of Norfolk, Neb.; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Jeannine Stoffer of De Pere, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Belliveau, and her husband, Ed, of Moncton, New Brunswick and St. Petersburg; a sister-in-law, Kathy Sheppard, and her husband, Gerald, of Sydney, Nova Scotia; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Stoffer and Michael Lesy, of Amherst; a son, Brian Stoffer, of Northampton, Mass., and their mother, Charlene Moran of Amherst; a granddaughter, Isabel Masteika, of Amherst and many other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and by siblings, Louise West, Lawrence Stoffer, Luella Ahlmann, Eleanor Synovec, Bernice Stoffer, Delores Sternberg and Loretta Draube, all of Nebraska.
Cremation will be by J.L. Locke & Company Cremation Services of Lakeland. The memorial service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or The
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 29, 2012