Bursy Joseph “Joe” Stofer, son of the late Bursy and Maxine (Marcy) Stofer, was born on November 2, 1940 in Concordia, Kansas, and passed away on February 23, 2009 in Ozark Community Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, following a short illness. He was 68 years, three months and 21 days of age.
Joe moved with his family at a young age and grew up and attended school at Norwood, Missouri. He graduated as valedictorian and president of his class.
He was united in marriage to Geraldine Hawkins on November 18, 1961 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. Four sons were born to this union. They made their home in the Mansfield, Missouri, area all their married life.
Joe was employed for Hutchens Industries in Mansfield for over 30 years. His whole life revolved around raising and training horses. He was a longtime member of American Quarter Horse Association and an instructor for area 4-H groups. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing
Joe was known as a very hard worker and was always willing to help those around him in need.
He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Stofer, on November 13, 1997.
Joe is survived by his four sons, Terry Stofer of Ava, Missouri, Billy Stofer and wife Shelle of Mansfield, Larry Stofer of San Diego, California, and Bobby Stofer and wife Linda of Cabool, Missouri; two brothers, Leo Stofer and wife Caroline of Mtn. Grove and Golden Stofer and wife Colleen of Macomb, Missouri; one sister. Vola Moore and husband Eldon of Elkland, Missouri; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. Wayne Russell officiating. Lisa Brown served as singer. Song selections were “I Can Only Imagine” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.