(9/25/12) Earl J. Staff, age 100, of Black River Falls, WI. and formerly of Pigeon Falls, WI. died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 in the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls.
Earl was born in Pigeon Falls on Oct. 27, 1911 to Jens and Oline (Koxlien) Staff. He was raised in Pigeon Falls and he attended high school in Whitehall. He married H. Elizabeth Burt in Pigeon Falls on Jan. 12, 1935. Earl was a truck driver for the former Briggs Transfer Company for 31 years. He was a member of Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, and Thrivent. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Larry Button, Black River Falls, 3-grandchildren, Barbara, Mark, and Michael, and 3-great grandchildren, Ben Pierson, Kate and Luke Button, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth on May 22, 2008, his parents, one brother, Joseph, and 4-sisters, Laura, Ida, Norma, and Olga. Funeral services for Earl J. Staff will be at 11 A.M. Friday at the Black River Falls Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Eric Bakken will conduct services and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 A.M. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to either the Evangelical Lutheran Church or to Jackson County Interfaith Caregivers. Torgerson's Funeral Home (715-284-4321) is assisting the family with arrangements.