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Joe Stieferman

September 9, 1939 — October 28, 2022

Joe Stieferman, aged 83, passed away on October 28, 2022. Joe was born on September 9, 1939, in Tebbetts, Missouri. He was one of seven children born to Raymond and Eunice Stieferman.

Joe is survived by: His beloved wife of 59 years: Laurel Stieferman. His son, and daughter-in-law: Todd, and Valerie Stieferman.

Grandchildren: Eric and Brittany Stieferman. Troy and Ashley Stieferman. Jacob Stieferman. Matthew Stieferman.

Great grandchild: Samuel Stieferman.

Joe is also survived by one sister, and five brothers: Margaret and Jerry Taylor. Walter and Janis Stieferman.

Jerry Stieferman Carl and Judy Stieferman. Gary Stieferman Richard Stieferman

Joe was raised on the lush outskirts of Mokane, in central Missouri. He was an exceptionally skilled farmer, having honed his masterful expertise raising crops, and livestock on his family's Missouri farm. The second oldest of seven children, Joe loved to share his fond memories, and delightfully charming stories recounting the wonderful childhood he shared with his brothers and sister in their quaint family home. Joe met his sweetheart, and the love of his life: Laurel Corley and they married in 1963. He spent the best years of his life with his loving partner.

Joe was truly a “Jack of all Trades.” There simply was not a problem he couldn’t solve. He was adept at engineering, carpentry, and even plumbing. His handy work can be seen around the city of Grand Junction, Colorado—specifically the Wells Fargo bank on North Ave and Houston Hall at Colorado  Mesa University, which Joe Helped build and remodel. He loved to share his talents and proficiencies with his community. Joe worked for many years on maintenance for the Monterey Park apartments helping keep elderly tenants have a nice place to live.

Joe and Laurel lived in Wisconsin, where he worked as a cranberry farmer, and later in Arizona, where he helped build beautiful log homes.   In Grand Junction, he was part of a rock-crushing crew and he had to travel all over Western Colorado and Utah to build new roads.

Together, Joe and Laurel landed in Grand Junction, Colorado in the 1970s. Being an outdoorsman at heart, Joe quickly fell in love with the mountains and spent many years exploring, camping, hunting, and fishing with his wife, son, and many friends in beautiful western Colorado. For decades, Joe and Laurel spent entire summers in the Grand Mesa National Forest. This time spent with friends in the Grand Mesa was truly some of his most cherished memories. Almost every night, Joe, Laurel, and friends would play hand-n-foot, and pitch, late into the night while admiring the Stellar Jays, and Magpies, marmots, deer and the occasional bear.  Joe’s enchanting love of the outdoors was naturally passed to his son, and grandchildren. The Grand Mesa National Forest will always be a special place to the Stieferman family because it was so exceptionally special to Joe.

Joe loved to travel, and one of his best adventures was the cruise he took with Laurel and friends to Alaska.

Joe is survived by a loving wife, son, grandsons, and even a great-grandson. He will always be warmly remembered by his family and many, many friends. His endearing, witty charm, hard-working attitude, and love of his family was truly an honor, and joy to be near. He will be missed. A celebration of his life will be held at Browns Cremation & Funeral Service Chapel July 26, 2023 @ 11:00 AM


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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Mountain time)

Brown's Cremation & Funeral Service

904 N 7th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501

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