Gordon Stauffer was ‘generous to Greenville’

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:40 pm on Friday, June 14, 2013


GREENVILLE — A generous man who has left his mark on the Greenville community will be missed by many throughout the area.
Gordon Stauffer, 74, of Hunter Lake, Gowen, died suddenly early Friday morning.

Gordon Stauffer

“We are saddened to learn that our community lost Gordon Stauffer Friday morning,” said Alison Barberi, president and CEO of the Greenville Area Community Foundation. “Our deepest sympathies to the Stauffer family.”Barberi said one of the first endowments with the Greenville Area Community Foundation came after Stauffer lost his son, Brian, in a tragic accident in 1995. The fund was set in memory of Brian and provides significant scholarships to the recipient(s) each year.

“His contributions to our area were significant, including supporting the Greenville Area Community Foundation,” she said. “Through Gordon’s company, Northland Corporations, the GACF, as well as many other organizations in the area, could always count on a donation of one of their products for fundraising purposes or as a donation to the organization itself.”

Barberi said Stauffer’s expertise was utilized at more than a local level.

Stauffer graduated from Michigan State University in June 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a minor in economics and finance.

Stauffer was the retired owner of the former Northland Refrigeration, which is now AGA Marvel in Greenville, where he served three years as president and CEO.

He has made many generous donations throughout his time in the community, including his recent donation to United for Health at Spectrum Health United Hospital, where he served on the board for eight years.

Because of his donation, the hospital’s CT/X-ray suite is named after both Stauffer and his wife, Sherry Stauffer.

“Gordon was a contributor to all the organizations and was especially generous to the Greenville community,” said Ted Kortes.

Kortes had known Stauffer for more than 30 years serving on many boards together, including the Ash Foundation, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Country Club.

“Gordon was a very energetic person and had an acute business acumen,” he said. “Look at any local fundraisers and usually one of the big prizes was donated from his business.”

But, Kortes said, Stauffer wasn’t just making a difference in the local community. He reminisced about one time as he and his wife were coming home from Florida, they had a layover in Cincinnati – Stauffer was in the airport waiting to go to Washington D.C.

“We had a nice visit and a few laughs,” Kortes said. “I always enjoyed talking to Gordon and I will miss those conversations. Our thoughts and prayers go to Sherri and the family.”
Funeral services for Stauffer will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the First United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville.

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