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Herbert Graydon "Staff" Stafford, 93, Kokomo and formerly of Bennetts Switch, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo. He was born March 31, 1924, in Kokomo, to Herbert Albert Stafford and Marian A. (Rubush) Faulkner Stafford. On Aug. 15, 1943, he married the love of his life, Juanita Rexine Johnson, and she survives. Together, they enjoyed 73 years of marriage.
Herbert Graydon graduated from Kokomo High School in 1942 and worked at Union Carbide and Cabot Corp. for 35 years as an engineering and maintenance general foreman before retiring in 1977. He loved to fly fish and hunt small game. He owned a cottage on Lake Shafer from 1972 to 1984 and had traveled the country in his travel trailer, seeing most of Canada and all of the states except Alaska and Hawaii. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 365 and the Moose Lodge 249, both in Peru, the Quarter Century Club and Kokomo Main Street United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Juanita Stafford, he is survived by his children, whom he adored, Steven Douglas (Mary) Stafford and Jorja Jo (Jim McIntyre) Peterson; granddaughters, Amy Jo (Shane) Leggett, Jamie Jo (Chris) Fuller and Kristin Taylor Stafford; great-grandchildren, Sydney Leggett, Sierra Leggett, Graydon Fuller and Colten Fuller; and sister-in-law, Jean Faulkner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Carol Yvonne Stafford and Alice Lovene Huffman; two half brothers, Harold O. Faulkner and Thomas E. Faulkner; and sister-in-law, Mary Faulkner.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Duane Carlisle officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on  June 19, 2017
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