Councilman was 'a strong voice in the community'

R. Kinney Stouffer served on the Waynesboro Borough Council for more than 20 years.

R. Kinney Stouffer served on the Waynesboro Borough Council for more than 20 years.

September 03, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

R. Kinney Stouffer, a fixture on the Waynesboro Borough Council for more than two decades, died Friday at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Stouffer, a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, was a dedicated community servant, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

"Not much happened in the borough when Kinney was on council without him having a lot of involvement," Hamberger said Sunday afternoon. "Anything that happened, he was pretty well behind it or it didn't happen."

Stouffer was concerned about the community as a whole, and he was often the point-person for most residents, Hamberger said.

"He was a strong voice in the community," Hamberger said. "Anyone that knew him, if they knew of a problem with the community, they would call him."


Hamberger said Stouffer's sense of humor made him approachable and easy to get along with.

Stouffer graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1951 and worked at Grove Worldwide in Shady Grove, Pa., for 35 years, retiring in 1997 as a cost engineer.

He was appointed to fill an unexpired council term in 1970, but lost his first re-election bid in 1972. He ran again in 1974 and won all subsequent elections until he decided not to seek re-election in 1997.

During his tenure, Stouffer served as borough council president for all but two years.

Stouffer was recognized for his service in 1998 with a plaque from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

"We sat side to side at the council table for 12 years - he as president of council and me as mayor," Waynesboro Mayor Louis Barlup said. "I knew him as a man dedicated to community service, with a very quiet but firm demeanor."

Stouffer was also fiscally conservative and always concerned about the taxpayer, Barlup said.

"I consider him a very good friend, and the community will miss him very much," he said.

"Kinney was one to have an overall view of the community. There was not any one thing in particular he was really for other than trying to keep the budget balanced and taxes down," said Dick Starliper, who succeeded Stouffer as borough council president.

"He was an individual who spoke his mind. There was no way you could dislike him," Starliper said.

In addition to his work on the Waynesboro Borough Council, Stouffer volunteered on the Renfrew Board and the Borough Authority; and was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, BPO Elks Lodge 731 and ATH&L Fire Co. in Waynesboro.

Stouffer is survived by his wife of 47 years, Helen W. Snyder Stouffer, and two children.

Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ. The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

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