Lawrence D. Stafford, 73, New England, died on Friday, April 4, 2008, at St. Lukes Home, Dickinson, after a five-year battle with cancer.
The funeral services for Lawrence were held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, New England, with the Rev. Bruce Peterson officiating.
Burial was in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Lawrence Stafford was born on Sept. 13, 1934, in Hume Township, Slope County, near New England, the son of Elmer and Frieda Wegner Stafford.
He attended grade school in rural Hume Township at Beyers School and high school in New England. He attended Dickinson State College.
Lawrence has farmed and ranched since he finished school, except for a time when he worked for Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, Wash.
On Sept. 7, 1963, Lawrence married Lois Klein at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in New England.
They lived in New England until March 1964, when they bought Lawrence’s folks’ farm on the southeast quarter of Section 10, township 134, range 99 of Hume Township.
They moved there, and over the years remodeled the old house. They sold the old house in 1980 and it was moved.
They moved to Scranton in March 1980 and lived in an apartment until their new home was built. Moving back to the farm where they raised their family.
Their five children attended grade and high school in Scranton.
Lawrence was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and served on the Hume Township Board for a number of years.
Lawrence especially enjoyed his cattle. In the earlier years, he enjoyed camping with his family.
He was a family man who dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. They all played an important role in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, New England; daughter, Kimberly (John) Dixon, Mandan; sons, Shannon (Darcy) Stafford, Dickinson, Myles (Debra) Stafford, Bismarck, James (Mia) Stafford, Bowman, and Jonathan (Marisol) Stafford, Del Rio, Texas; brother, Elmer “Bud” Stafford, Spearfish, S.D.; sisters, Marjorie Evans, Dickinson, Marion Hartman, Lubbock, Texas, June Hodge, Syracuse, N.Y., and Glorianne Ten Braak, Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren, Kaitlin Dixon, Hayden, Lauren, Matthew, Luisa, Ellie, Madeline and Claire Stafford.
Lawrence was preceded in death by is parents, Elmer and Frieda; and grandson, Daniel Stafford.
Honorary pallbears were Lawrences’ grandchildren. Special music was provided by Julie Opdahl and Jim Erickson.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.
(Krebsbach Funeral Service, Bowman)