Brian Stainforth

Birth: August 3rd, 1966
Death: September 22nd, 2018
Age: 52 years

Brian D. Stainforth

Frankenmuth, Michigan


Brian Daniel Stainforth, 52, of Frankenmuth, MI went to be with his Lord on September 22, 2018 at his favorite place in the world- Traverse City, Michigan.  He was surrounded by his loving family when he went to meet Jesus.  He fought an inspiring and courageous battle against cancer for the last 2 ½ years of his life. Brian was born on August 3, 1966 at St. Mary’s hospital in Saginaw Michigan to Dan and Elizabeth Stainforth. He attended the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity during his college years.  He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998.   His entire 30-year career was at Nexteer Automotive. Brian enjoyed his job and many of the co-workers he worked with.   Brian married his wife Cheri (Morrow) on September 21, 1991 at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Saginaw Michigan.   Brian had a passion for life.   He touched many through his various leadership roles.  He was a Cub Master and an assistant Scout Master. He was a high school baseball coach as well as a travel baseball coach. He loved being out on the field and would dedicate many hours challenging each player to be their best. Brian was a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church where he volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister as well as an usher.  Brian’s faith was very important to him.  He had a strong personal relationship with Jesus which was evident by the life he lived and the role model he was for his children. Some of Brian’s loves included being at the cottage on Old Mission Peninsula where he could enjoy the beauty of East Bay.  He was a passionate Wolverine fan and was true to the Maize and Blue for 30+ years. His dogs also brought him so much joy.  He loved his animals.  He enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, golf and tennis.  He was one of those guys who was good at whatever he set his mind to. 

Surviving along with his wife, Cheri, are his three children: Ryan (girlfriend Kelsey Ritter) of Frankenmuth MI, Jordan of Royal Oak, MI and Baylee of Frankenmuth MI.  His parents Dan and Elizabeth Stainforth of Elk Rapids, MI, brothers Scott Stainforth of Elk Rapids, MI, Glenn Stainforth of Acme, MI and sister Sheri (Bryan) Good of Knoxville, TN.  Father and mother-in-law Richard and Margaret Morrow of Lake City, MI. Sister- in-law Monica Fries and brother- in-law Todd (Michelle) Morrow of Grayling, MI as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Brian was preceded in death by his Uncle Chuck Stainforth, Grandparents Henry and Francis Rokos and Art and Norma Stainforth.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 28, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 958 E. Tuscola Rd., Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Cremation to follow. Brian’s family will receive visitors at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian Stainforth Memorial Fund ℅ Cheryl Stainforth.  Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at

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