Obituary of Glen Lewis Pafford
Glen Lewis Pafford was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1958. He was one of two children born from the union of George Lewis Pafford and Georgia Lee (Stewart) Pafford. As a child and teen he enjoyed Cub Scouts, bowling, delivering newspapers, and horseback riding, earning many medals and trophies in his barrel racing competitions. At a young age, Glen discovered a love and passion for the sport of baseball. Growing up, he frequented the corner of Trumbull and Michigan Avenue to watch Tiger’s games. Later on, he shared his lifelong passion for baseball as a season ticket holder and by taking many people to watch the Tigers play. Glen also shared his enjoyment for the sport by coaching little league and travel baseball teams for his son Kyle.
As a young adult, he took employment at Service Envelope in Downtown Detroit with his dad and also worked for a short time at Chrysler. It was during this timeframe that a friend of Glen’s father taught him how to install flooring. Glen soon became an independent installer for New York Carpet World. His true passion, however, was to be self-employed. So with an entrepreneurial spirit, Victory Flooring, was born in 1993. Glen enjoyed what he did and took pride in the craftmanship of his work. He used his business to bless others with his generous spirit.
A man of strong faith, Glen worshipped at Redeemer Fellowship Church. He was proud to serve as an usher, as well as on the church softball team as a player and manager. He helped lead them to the Monroe Recreational League Championship in 2017. Over the years, Glen, was privileged to play rec ball with his father, father-in-law, and sons: Glen Jr. and Kyle. For many years Glen proudly displayed his favorite scripture on the side of his Victory Flooring vans- Psalm 98:1 “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” And his voice mail proudly left a message for anyone calling… “And remember, Jesus loves you.”
Glen was well-known for his smile and charisma. He could be overly optimistic about everything, yet persistent and tenacious. He married the love of his life, Tara Nichole Ansel on February 20, 1999. They shared the same passion for their faith, family, and friends. They enjoyed vacationing and travelling throughout the United States.
Glen was always up for adventure, whether it was hiking up a mountain, snorkeling with sharks, or driving the Hana Road in Hawaii. Even when relaxing, his trips had to be well planned and coordinated in order to squeeze in the maximum adventure. Florida was one of his favorite destinations. Northern Michigan, where he enjoyed fishing and four-wheeling, also held a special place in his heart. Glen was sure to always build the biggest and best campfires, and he had a way of convincing you to stay while he put another log on the fire.
Glen Lewis Pafford, age 63, of LaSalle passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Elara Caring Hospice after battling cancer for the second time in the last 6 years. His passing was preceded by his mother Georgia L. Pafford in October of 2021.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his beloved wife of nearly twenty-three years: Tara Nichole Pafford of LaSalle; his father: George Lewis Pafford of Rockwood; three children: Glen (Jamie) Pafford Jr. of Perrysburg, Ohio, Candice (Matt) Brady of New Boston, and Kyle Ashton Pafford of LaSalle; one sister: Glenda L. Marks of Rockwood; five grandchildren: Lillyan, Lucy, and George Pafford, and Brooklyn and Baron Brady; his mother and father-in-law: Mike and Lorna Ansel of Monroe; and many other family members.
Friends may gather from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday; February 12, 2022 at Merkle Funeral Service, 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan. A Celebration of His Life will follow at 4:00 pm at Merkle’s with Dr. John Piippo and Pastor Tim Curry of Redeemer Fellowship Church officiating.
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