Eddie  Stafford

Obituary of Eddie Stafford

                  Eddie B. Stafford, 87, of Jacksonville, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at his residence.  He was born on December 20, 1930, in Jacksonville, the son of Ralph and Irene Berry Stafford.  He married Kathy Baker on December 31, 1981, and she survives.

                  Ed is also survived by his children, Beverly Bea (Steven Kent) Pahlmann, Roxanna Rae (Rod) Hollenstine, Edward Andrew (Demetria) Stafford, and Lance Matthew (Heather) Stafford; one sister, Nancy (Tom) Cooney and one brother, Don (Denise) Stafford, three granddaughters, one grandson, one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lu Ann Stafford, his parents, one sister, Wilma Jean Stafford, and one brother, Wilbur Stafford.

                  Ed graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1949.  Having had several interesting short-term jobs, his career began at Prairie Farms Dairy where he quickly escalated to route supervisor, then manager by the age of 24, later to sales supervisor for all of Western Illinois, Northeast Missouri, and Southeast Iowa, making his home in Quincy, spending a total of 15 years in the dairy business.  In 1968 he made a career change and began working at Bound to Stay Bound Books, learning the business working in the office for the first year, then except for a brief stint as National Sales Manager for the American Companies of Kansas, Ed traveled for the company as a West Central Division Manager for the next 30 years covering a territory of 12 Midwestern states.  After retirement from Bound to Stay Bound, he started a small business, Sta-Bilt Enterprises, which grew over the next 10 years in the Jacksonville area.  This company continues today, now owned and managed by a good friend and former employee.

                  Ed loved his life, highlighted by a family that made him very proud, traveling, meeting people, sharing experiences, family history, dog stories, and thoroughly enjoying his work.  He was a man of strong convictions, generous and kind, a willingness to help others, and a positive role model.

                  A private graveside service will be held at Diamond Grove Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans.  The Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.