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Michael Lee Stauffer


September 16, 2020


Michael Lee Stauffer, 69, died at his Danville home with loved ones at his side on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, after a 16-month battle with cancer.

Michael loved adventure, fun and outdoor recreation, and had the best times while boating and waterskiing, riding his motorcycle, hunting and building bonfires in his backyard. One of his great enjoyments was putzing around spending time at home with his family.

He had an entrepreneurial spirit and was particularly drawn to anything that might help him accumulate wealth quickly. This started when he was a youth and cooked up the idea of selling Ming dog and Spanish soldier statuary for home gardens. He successfully sold two – both to his mother.

With a mind like a calculator, he was well-served whether working in the family business or playing blackjack and running a clinic to share that skill with others. He was a hard worker and often talked about how he learned the value of work by shoveling manure for his mom’s horses growing up. Those who knew him, know what else he said about shoveling manure.

He began his news media career in advertising sales at the Niles (OH) Daily Times, and worked with his father and sister Pamela in the newspaper business for many years. He ran the family’s community newspapers in Noblesville, IN, and Fulton, MO, as well as The Danville (PA) News where he was the sales manager, and WTCL radio station in Warren, OH, where he was general manager.

Yet no matter how he earned his living, he worked to live, rather than the other way around – a trait we often commented on with wonder and not a little envy. These breaks between working gigs gave him the time to pursue his lifelong passion for R&R. If he needed a paycheck, he would get a job, which is how he wound up working undercover in Warren, OH, and selling stereo equipment in Sanford, NC.

Wherever he lived, he invested in the community to make it a better place. There are many in Danville who know that without his dedication to the Iron Heritage Festival – and throwing the full weight of The Danville News behind it – the festival would never have gotten off the ground and had the long, successful run that it has.

He also gave many volunteer hours to the annual Danville Fish Derby by the Montour County Sportsmen Working for Kids and the local chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania. And yes, that was him driving his truck in a monkey mask while pulling a trailer full of kids in the Danville Halloween parade.

He always did things his way and didn’t really give a flip if that was your way or not. And to all the wait staff at restaurants whom he offended over the years, we’re sorry. He just really didn’t want any green stuff on his plate no matter how good those vegetables tasted.

Born April 12, 1951, in Cherry Tree, PA, to LeRoy and Patricia R. Stauffer, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Douglas.

He valued loyalty above all and was a faithful husband, son, father, brother, uncle and friend. He leaves a crater-sized hole in our hearts.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dolly, of Danville; a daughter, Jessica (Adam) Moyle of Bend, OR, and his grandson, Breiten Decker; a son, Andrew (Patrick) Moyle of Royal Palm Beach, FL; three sisters, Pamela Stauffer Christine and long-time brother-in-law Ed Christine of Lititz, PA, Cynthia Stauffer of Hillsborough, NC, and Neela Marikkar of Sri Lanka; his aunt, Connie McGarry of Clearfield, PA; a niece and two nephews. When he married Dolly in 2009, they blended their families, adding her adult sons, Hance Lowe and Heath Lowe, Hance’s daughters, Madisen, Alivea and Annabelle of Virginia, and Heath’s children, Erisa, Keller and Orion of Pennsylvania, who also survive him.

A graveside service will be held at 1 pm Sept. 24 at the Episcopal Cemetery in Danville. Instead of flowers, please honor Michael with a charitable donation to Montour County Sportsmen Working for Kids, PO Box 297, Danville PA 17821 or the Danville SPCA, 1467 Bloom Rd, Danville, PA 17821. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. 

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