Effingham Daily News
---- — Micheal Martin Stanford, age 59, of Newton, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at St John’s Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, with Garry Hostettler officiating. Burial will be in the Honey Cemetery in Bogota. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 18, at the funeral home. In loving memory of Mike, memorials may be made to his grandchildren’s education fund. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.blakefh.com.
Mike was born on June 27, 1954, in Blue Mound, the son of Martin Wilbert and Violet Mae (Wolfe) Stanford. He married Nina Jean Beeson on Aug. 5, 1972, at the Victory Baptist Church near Fairfield.
Mike retired after 34 years of service at Ameren CIPS Newton Power Station and he was also a Baptist minister.
Mike was a member of the Bogota Baptist Church. He enjoyed collecting antiques and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by wife of 41 years, Nina J. Stanford of Newton; three daughters, Jennifer (Brad) Schilt of Sumner, Angela (Jason) Buerster of Ingraham, and Amanda Stanford of Newton; five grandchildren, Mykayla Schilt, Emily Schilt, Cora Buerster, Morgan Buerster and Nolan Stanford; brother, Bill (Tina) Stopher of Mt. Erie; sisters, Vicki Mix of Cisne, Donna (Rick) Marshall of Mount Carmel, and Shelly (Joe) Diebler of Smyrna, Tenn.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents.
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