Sept. 17, 1941 – June 7, 2014
Graveside funeral service with military rites for James John Stafford will be held today (Thursday, June 12) at 10:30 a.m. at the Otto Cemetery. James, 72, died June 7 at his home in Otto.
He was born Sept. 17, 1941, in Highland Park, Mich., the son of James Paul and Emily Enid Dryge Stafford. He grew up in Michigan and received his education at Redford High School in Detroit. He was inducted into the United States Army on Nov. 29, 1963, and received his discharge on Oct. 21, 1965.
James married Sondra Lee Chivers Crozier on June 3, 1978, in Redford. He was a truck driver in the transportation industry for 45 years; he retired in 2002 and moved to Otto.
He loved cats, casinos, fast horses and good Scotch.
He was a longtime Teamster member and a volunteer with the Burlington Fire Department.
His parents, James and Emily Stafford, son James Joseph Stafford and brother Walter Stafford preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Sondra and son Charles Edward Crozier, both of Otto, and three grandchildren.
A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the park in Otto following the services.