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“Carol, I was so saddened to see a death notice in our paper for Jay. Lonnie and I had such a great friendship with you two when we were all starting...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Rosemarie Bostelman - Fort Wayne, IN

“To the Stauffer family. Rob and Denise. Prayers and condolences to you and your whole family. We're so sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Sylvia Whiteside Morgan - Atlanta, GA

“Although we did not see you often when we did we would always say how much we like you both. Jay was always so friendly. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Fritz and Anita May - Fort Wayne, IN

“Lonnie remembers all the good times he had with Jay and Carol, and their times working together in Mendon. May God be with Carol and the family at...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Lonnie & Linda Bostelman - OH

“Rob, Denise & The Stauffer Family,We will always remember Jay's "remarks" that he gave at the FFA banquets, as well as other functions. His spirited...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dan & Diane Koenig - New Bremen, OH

“Dear Rob and Denise, I always remember Jay with great affection.He was very friendly and helpful during my first years at Lehman.It is very sad. God...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Jose and Carole Capote - Sidney, OH

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God keep his arms around you ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: John and Judy Gerhardt - TN

“Let the great memories of Jay provide you strength...our deepest sympathy. Krista and Jason ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Krista Gerhardt - Dayton, OH

“My prayers are with the Stauffer family. May you be surrounded by Gods grace in your time of grief.I had bumped into your dad several times at the...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Braden-Schoffner - Sidney, OH

“Sending best wishes to the family of Jay and sorrow of passing of a great friend ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Bill & Barbara tostrick - OH

“Thinking of Ron and all of the Stauffer family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Jill Poppe MacKenzie - New Bremen, OH

Roger "Jay" Stauffer, Jr., 76, 13 Canterbury Dr., New Bremen, died May 9, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. He was born August 30, 1939, to Roger and Beatrice (Cochran) Stauffer. On November 25, 1960, he married Carol Yoder, who survives in New Bremen. The couple had been married for more than 55 years. Also surviving are his sons Ron (Joni) Stauffer of Beavercreek, Ohio and Rob (Denise) Stauffer of New Bremen, a grandson, Josh, of Ann Arbor, MI, and a brother Jerry (Linda) Stauffer of London, Ohio. Along with his parents, Jay was preceded in death by a brother Ronald Jan Stauffer, and his father and mother in law, Marion and Pearl (Butcher) Yoder.

He grew up in New Knoxville, and graduated from Shawnee High School in Lima. He received a B.S. in Education from Ohio Northern University, Ada, and an M.A. in Science from Ball State University. He went to Mendon, Ohio, in 1961 to teach Science, and became Superintendent four years later. In 1969 he was hired as Superintendent of New Bremen Local Schools, a position he fulfilled for 21 years. In retirement, he served as Assistant Principal and taught Science at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney.

He was a member of the American Association of School Administrators for 51 years, and the Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jay was a Shriner Ambassador, past-President and active member of the Free & Accepted Masons Mercer Lodge 121, Dayton Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Antioch Shriners. He enjoyed traveling and attending the arts with wife Carol, fishing, playing piano, genealogy, and spending time together with family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, with Pastor Ed Rinehart officiating. A private family burial will take place at the MRE Cemetery, Berne, Indiana at a later date. Calling hours will be held at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Saturday. A Masonic service will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Preferred memorials are to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences to the Stauffer family can be left online at