John “Jack” Henry Stouffer, 84, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died March 2, 2013, in Cheyenne.
He was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Hagerstown, Md., to Robert F. and Margaret V. Stouffer.
In September 1944, at age 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine and attended boot camp at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. After boot camp, he served as a wiper in the firefighter rooms aboard the S.S. Gulf Wax, S.S. Ponca City and S.S. Ephraim Brevard, in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Middle East and Pacific war zones, all during World War II.
In July 1945, he separated from the Merchant Marine, and in November 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a boilermaker aboard the U.S.S. Ajax, AR-6, in the Pacific Fleet. In 1946, he participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll Operation Cross Road.
He married Melvia Wood on Aug. 27, 1941, in Cheyenne.
He was a member of American Legion Post 6 and VFW 4343.
He is survived by his wife, Melvia Stouffer of Cheyenne; children, John Stouffer of Cheyenne, Allen Stouffer of Loveland, Colo., JoAnne Prado of Somerset, Texas, Sue Mordhorst and Greg Thompson, both of Cheyenne, Larry Thompson of Minnesota, and Steve Thompson and Eddie Thompson, both of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; numerous grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sandra Holland of Elkton, Md.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Bob Stouffer, Sonny Stouffer and Ann Koontz.
Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial services were held March 8. Cremation services were provided by Schrader Funeral Home, Cheyenne.