Jimmy Stefoff – age 89, of Owosso, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Memorial Healthcare Center. A memorial service will be held at the Northgate Wesleyan Church on Monday, March 10th at 11 AM with Rev. Ron Heiler and Rev. Cal Emerson as co-celebrants.
Jimmy was born April 7, 1924, in Durand, the son of Kosta and Katherine Stefoff. He married Barbara Jean Schultz on September 7, 1947, at Christ Episcopal Church. After graduating from Durand High School, Jimmy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942. He was sent to MCRD San Diego for his boot training, before being ordered to Navy Pier in Chicago. At Navy Pier, Jimmy was trained to be a mechanic and sent to FMFPAC where he served in Marine aviation. Jimmy was stationed on various Pacific islands before the end of WWII. He was a member of an aircrew that flew wounded off Iwo Jima in 1945. Jimmy later learned that Clay Reeves of Owosso was among those his plane med evacted from Iwo. Jimmy was in Korea in 1953 and was awarded a Navy Commendation with combat “V”. In 1966, near the end of his 24 year career, Jimmy served aboard flights that carried wounded Marines from Da Nang, Viet Nam to hospitals in Okinawa. After serving in three wars, Gunnery Sergeant Jimmy Stefoff retired from the Marines and returned to civilian life. Once home he worked in the offices of Universal Electric – Owosso and Simplicity – Durand. Jimmy also worked a short time as a custodian with the Owosso Public Schools at Emerson Elementary. Jimmy was a member of the VFW and a member and Trustee of the Harold R. Cooley Detachment #841, Marine Corps League. Jimmy was a member of Northgate Wesleyan Church.
Those who cherish his memory include: wife, Barbara; daughters, Cindy (Howard) DeVilbiss of Henderson, Marsha Stefoff of Elberta and Amy (Mike) Davis of Ottawa Lake, Michigan; son, Jimmy Michael Stefoff of Owosso; grandchildren, Cole DeVilbiss of Detroit, Jesse DeVilbiss of Manistee, Riley Davis of Ottawa Lake, Aaron McGeehan of Owosso and Anne McGeehan of California; great grandchildren, Sadie, Lily, Zane and Kristoffer. He was preceded in death by parents; grandson, Travis DeVilbiss; daughter, Karen Stefoff; sisters, Lenne Kosman. and Ancha Stefoff; brother, Angelo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Northgate Wesleyan Church.