(July 16, 1898 - March 22, 1987)
The Lusk Herald
April 1, 1987
C. J. Stafford
C. J. "Cy" Stafford, 88, died March 22, 1987 in the Niobrara Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.
Services were Thursday, March 26 at Peet Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Nick Natelli officiating. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.
He was born in Sedan, KS on July 16, 1898, the second son of Elmer E. and Viola E. Stafford. He attended schools in Kansas and in Tulsa, OK, where the family moved in 1912 because his father was engaged in the oil drilling and producing business.
He attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, MO, in 1913-14. Afterward he studied geology at Kendall College, which later became Tulsa University. While there, he was captain of a student ROTC unit in 1917-18, and in 1922-23 he served in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Until 1927 he worked for several engineering and oil companies in Tulsa and was then transferred to the Wichita, KS district as geologist for the Kansas division of a subsidiary of Tidewater Oil. In 1936 he became an independent geologist and with several associates ran magnetic and gravity surveys in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska and in 1941 came to Lusk for a survey of eastern Wyoming and southwestern South Dakota.
He married Oleta Alberta Marple in Wichita in January 1942, and they established a home and his office in Lusk. Mrs. Stafford died April 22, 1974.
He is survived by one brother, Evart H. Stafford, Alvin, TX; a step-daughter, Wanda E. Yost, Portland, OR; two nephews and three nieces. Here for the funeral Thursday afternoon were: Mrs. Yost and sons, Mike and Matt; Charles Marple, a brother-in-law, and his wife from Bridger, MT; and Jay H. Stafford, a nephew, and his wife of Ponca City, OK.
Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.
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