Joseph E. Stain
Joseph Ernest Stain, 81, of Benzonia, died Aug. 29, 2019.
He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Bonnie; children, Cindy Sanford, Joe and Lorrainne Stain, Bill and Sue (Nugent) Stain; grandchildren, Nathan Sanford, Emilie (Travis) Sanford, Jeanna Marie (Sanford) Burns, Kirk (Misty Miley) Stain, Joey Stain, Ashley Marie Stain, Frank Smith, Savanna Smith and Blake Smith; great-grandchildren, Sheari Ryana Thayer, Logan Sanford, Evie Rivera, twins, Willow and Griffin Burns and baby girl due in December; and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by many good friends, Jack and Ruth Swander, who made many trips to Traverse City in the last few months, and Bruce and Lupe Hayes, who played Parcheesi and Sequence. Joe loved to win. Bruce took him to Traverse City many times as well. David Hayes speaks fondly of waiting at the fishing hole for Joe, and he'd come with a 30-year-old pole and line, which broke with the first fish.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Joseph Stain; grandchildren, Shane and McKenzie Stain, who died as infants; and several sisters and brothers-in-law.
Joe worked at a small dairy farm, Nelson Dairy, of Traverse City, which eventually became McDonalds Dairy.
When Joe was home, he loved to work up the fields on his John Deer Tractor, watch the wildlife and have picnics at the cabin. He would catch chipmunks and let them go, wondering if they beat him back to the house. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The family has many fond memories of snowmobiling, sledding and working the cherry orchards.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Ann Catholic Church. Father John Porter will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Benzonia Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Benzonia.
Published on September 4, 2019

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