Richard L. Stauffer

Born: Mon., Jan. 6, 1947
Died: Wed., Mar. 17, 2021

Graveside Service

3:30 PM Wed., Mar. 31, 2021
Location: Baylis Cemetery

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Richard L. Stauffer, age 74, of Chicago, IL and formerly of Pittsfield, IL passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. He was born on January 6, 1947 in Hannibal, MO to Elmer Eugene and Dorothy Eileen Kelly Stauffer. Dick married Yvonne Timbrook on August 10, 1975 at Pittsfield First Christian Church and she survives.

Dick was a 1965 graduate of Pittsfield High School and 1970 graduate of Western Illinois University. He spent his career as an educator in the Pikeland School District teaching junior high English and Reading. He began teaching at Baylis, then moved on to Higbee Jr. High and finished out his career at Pikeland Community School. Dick was a beloved husband, father, and papa. He took particular pride in serving his community as a Mason, Shriner and member of the First Christian Church of Pittsfield. Dick will also be lovingly remembered as a teacher, coach, friend, brother, writer, gardener, uncle, actor, director, party-thrower, great-grandfather, klutz, novelty tie-wearer, wise counselor, and devoted Servant of God.

He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Stauffer; children, Martin R. (Susan) Stauffer of Jacksonville, IL, Jacob Ryan (Michelle) Stauffer of Chicago, IL and Brooke E. (Kenneth) Buczkowski of Brookfield, IL; grandchildren, Nathaniel Ray Stauffer, Destinee May Stauffer, Tabatha Jane Stauffer, Brianna Renae Stauffer, Lucina Leigh Stauffer and Lily Irene Buczkowski; great grandchildren, Mathias James Stauffer, Odin Alexander David Sanders, Silas Orion Lister, Octavia May Fulmer, Lincoln William Joseph Kremer, Braxton Ryan Stauffer and Alaii Grace Lynn Payne; brother, Gene (Florence Anne) Stauffer; and sister, Freda Sheppard.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Dorothy Stauffer; brothers, William Stauffer and Donald Stauffer; sister-in-law, Judy Stauffer; and brother-in-law, Delbert Sheppard.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 3:30 PM at Baylis Cemetery in Baylis. Memorials are suggested to be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organizations:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF)
c/o Niebur Funeral Home, 530 W. Adams, Pittsfield, IL 62363

Shriners Hospital For Children

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Pam Wood
   Posted Tue March 23, 2021
Yvonne and family. We are so saddened to hear about Dick. He was a very nice guy. Robert enjoyed being in Shine with him. So glad he got to be an " in person" papa to your granddaughters. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

Jonathon Johnson
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
To the Stauffer family,

I remember Mr Stauffer being a wonderful teacher, the joy that he would express when you passed a test or even if it was a beautiful day he would express it! Not only did he teach us about english and literature but he taught us about diabetes and how it was no laughing matter and how quickly it can drop or skyrocket. Many of his students saw this first hand but reacted accordingly and at times swiftly to address the situation, technology has changed and thankfully have addressed many of these issues, nonetheless that was a valuable lesson he taught us, and has stuck with me personally for years in a good way. He will be deeply missed

My sincere condolences
Jonathon Johnson

Gary R Shannahan
   Posted Wed March 31, 2021
Yvonne & condolences to you! I grew up with Dick in our hometown of Baylis in Pike County. He was a year ahead in school and we both from graduated from 8th grade in Baylis. I have many fond memories of Dick, fishing in the Mill Pond, and the Baylis gang back in those days. We both graduated from Western Illinois University and started our new lives in different places. I moved to the Decatur area and presently live in nearby Mt Zion. Dick was a good friend in a small town in a very special time !

Kevin Dyer
   Posted Thu April 01, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I have several great memories of times with your family. Most of them involve the theatre, either sharing the stage or watching a performance. Prayers for your family.

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