Longtime Homer resident Grant “Bill” Stafford Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from complications with cancer. He was 72.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Christian Community Church in Homer. A viewing will be held a half hour prior to the service. Pastor Floyd Seekins will officiate. Burial will be in Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Pallbearers include Brandon Sandstrom, Dave Sandstrom, Kirk Sandstrom, Josh Merkes, Daniel Stafford and Matt Streiff.
Mr. Stafford was born Dec. 21, 1934 to Grant Sr. and Marion Stafford in Newark, Ohio. He entered the U.S. Army in 1952 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1955. He moved to Alaska in 1971 and lived in Homer until moving to Sitkalidak Island, where he resided from June 1977 to March 1984 until moving back to Homer. He was self-employed, owning a plumbing and heating business. He loved fishing, boating in Prince William Sound and was an avid outdoorsman.
“He will be remembered for his love and concern for others,” his family wrote. “Wherever there was a need he was ready and willing to help. He loved his family. He was a man full of faith and had a love for the Lord Jesus. He loved to pray blessings over his wife, children and grandchildren. There was a time he took his wife and family and lived a ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ lifestyle on an island off of Kodiak. He was a man who put God first and cared for others.”
He is preceded in death by his stepbrother, Richard Holcomb; and granddaughter, Sarah Merkes.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Stafford of Homer; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Dennis Merkes and their children, Nichole, Tammi, Jeni, Josh and Briana, of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Timi and Mike Sandstrom and their children, Brandon, David and Kirk, of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Robert Johnson and their children, Matthew and Krystal, of Oregon; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Lisa Stafford and their children, Daniel, Brittani, Alecia and Kayla, of Homer; son, Bob Stafford and his children, Elijah and Austin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald Stafford of Homer, Richard and Carol Stafford of Georgia and John and Martha Stafford of Ohio; great-grandchildren, Corbin, Caleb, Jaiden, Jenna, Sarah, Nathan, Gage, Ella, Ezekiel, Elissa, Ian, Lanaya and Zebadiah; sister, Twila Boykin of Texas; and many other brothers and sisters-in-law in Ohio.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.
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