Rodger “Red” Staffon, a long-time Hatfield resident, passed away peacefully at his home on January 8, 2023, at the age of
- Red was born in Alma Center, WI on February 22, 1934, to Ione and Lester Staffon. Red was married to Joan
Matuszak in Neillsville, WI on December 26, 1959. They celebrated their 63 rd wedding anniversary this past December.
Red was very active in the Hatfield and surrounding community his entire life. He was instrumental in helping to start the
Hatfield Fire Department, where he served for 35 years, including several as the Department Chief; the Hatfield Sanitary
Sewer District, where he served for 31 years; and helped to organize the AMVETS in the Black River Falls area, where he
served as Post Commander.
Red is survived by his wife, Joan; brother, Bernard (Betty Ann) Staffon; children, Dennis (Sara) Staffon and Scott
(Theresa) Staffon; grandchildren, Alex (Mike) Smith, Jordan (Megan) Staffon and Landen Staffon; three step-
grandchildren, Paige, Preston, and Maria; two great-grandchildren, Noelle and Mae; and many nieces and nephews.
Red is preceded in death by his parents Ione and Lester Staffon; sister Jean Stein; brother-in-law Chuck Stein; brother-in-
law Bob Matuszak; and step-grandchild John Ehritt.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 20 th at Torgerson’s Funeral Home in Black River Falls from 4–7 pm. There
will be a social gathering following the visitation at the Deerview in Hatfield from 8–10 pm for those who would like to
join the family and remember Red. A Mass of Christian Burial and accordance of military honors for Red will be held on
Saturday, January 21 st at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Black River Falls at 11:00 am, with visitation being held
prior to the service, starting at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served in the basement of the church following the services.
The Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls is serving the family, 715-284-4321.