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Deacon Fred Stockmaster

Deacon Fred Stockmaster, age 62, of Plymouth, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Willard.

Fred was born July 6, 1954 in Shelby, the son of the late Clarence F. and Mary C. (Schell) Stockmaster. He was a 1972 graduate of Shelby High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School. Fred received a Bachelor’s Degree in computer information technology from Strayer University and was nearing completion of a Master’s Degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. He was ordained in September of 2013 as a permanent deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Toledo and currently served as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plymouth and as Deacon at both St. Joseph and Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. Prior to that, Fred and his wife, Sherry, were the former owners of Stocky’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop in Mansfield.

Fred was an active member of the Plymouth-Shiloh Ecumenical Council where he sat on the Board of Directors. He also served on the council for the Upstairs Store in Plymouth, the board of the Salvation Army in Plymouth, the Pastoral Care Department of both OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and Willard Mercy Hospital, and was a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus. He was also instrumental in starting the Second Responders Trauma Team Program in both Shelby and Plymouth.

An avid cook, Fred created many delicious meals and enjoyed traveling.  A self-taught pianist, Fred loved music, especially, Christmas music which he began playing most years in July. He was also a huge Star Wars fan.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry (Cline) Stockmaster, whom he wed on May 26, 1984; 2 brothers: Michael Stockmaster (Evelyn Kubitz) of Shelby and Mark (Meg) Stockmaster of Mansfield; a sister: Theresa Stockmaster (Bruce Hunter) Bellville; a brother-in-law: Darren (Pam) Cline of Florida; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Kenneth and Cora Cline and by a nephew, Michael F. “Hank” Stockmaster.

Friends and family are welcome on Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 117 Sandusky Street, Plymouth, Ohio where Deacon Fred will lie in state from 3-7 PM. A Christian Wake Service will be conducted at 7 PM at the church. Visitation will continue on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10 AM-Noon at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio  44875 where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon. The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of The Diocese of Toledo in America will officiate along with priests and fellow deacons in the diocese. Burial will follow in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Shelby.

Memorial expressions may be made to either church. Care for Fred and his family is being provided by Bob, Catherine and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. To leave a condolence or to share a memory with the Stockmaster family, please visit:





Memories & Condolence

  1. Tom Wray says:

    Such a shock! Even more so for you I’m sure. Fred was a terrific man, a committed Catholic, a loyal friend and a proud husband.
    I am so sorry for your loss. The world will be a slightly sadder place without Fred.
    May he rest in peace.
    Blessings and prayers,

  2. Jerry Rodden says:

    With heartfelt prayers for Fred’s family I also mourn the loss of my Friend.

  3. Deacon Thom and Wendy Headley says:

    Sherry and family, Wendy and I were stunned to learn about Fred ‘s passing. What a difference he made! in our formation class for the Permanent Diaconate, and through his important work for the Church of Jesus Christ. May God continue to be with you as we mourn his passing and CELEBRATE his life. With big hugs, T & W

  4. Beth and Randy Terman says:

    So very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I remember going to school with Fred at St Mary’s. He was taken too soon. Love and prayers to his family.

  5. Dennis & Cindy Striker says:

    Sherry, we send all our prayers for both Fred and you. We were, also, stunned by Fred’s sudden passing. Fred and I shared a lot on our trips to Fremont during formation. I learned so much from him. Needless to say our conversations were very fruitful especially for me.
    Rest in eternal peace my brother.

  6. Rosemarie Cline says:

    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Remembering Fred during our high school days in choir. He will be missed.

  7. Deanie says:

    My heart aches for you Sherry! Fred was such a special man, who walked the Christian life for us all. I have no words…Prayers and love to you my friend! We love you❤️

  8. Rose and Dennis Jaeckin says:

    On behalf of the Plymouth Shiloh Food Pantry volunteer staff and our client families, we want to express our sorrow at the passing of our dear friend and supporter. Our prayers go out to Sherry and to all family members and friends. Our lives are brighter for having had Fred walk with us.

  9. James, Sandra, Luke and Ben Blum says:

    Thoughts and prayers.

  10. Julie & Roger Finnegan says:

    Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Deacon Fred. What a wonderful man! We were very blessed to have him as our Deacon at MPHM for the past couple of years and were looking forward to many more of his great sermons. Sherry, you have our deepest sympathy.

  11. Ann Imhoff says:

    Sherry, so very shocked and saddened with death of Fred. Just talked to him at our getogether at the Club and said how good he felt. God will take care of you.
    With love,
    Ann Imhoff

  12. Keith and Karen Talbert says:

    Very surprised and sadden to here this news. Fred had a real desire and commitment to help, minister, and shepherd all of those around him. He was an inspiration to all of us who grow in faith. We will miss him. Sherry, our prayer are with you and your family.

  13. Jean and Chet Yetzer says:

    So sorry for your loss Sherry. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  14. Keith & Karen Talbert says:

    Sherry, we are so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He has had such an inspirational journey! We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family and parishes. God bless you and keep you forever.

    Keith & Karen Talbert

  15. Darlene Cain says:

    Sherry, I was so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was always very polite, professional and helpful when I worked with him (and you, also) for those few years. He never failed to come immediately when anyone called him and helped me through many of the hard times in learning new things on the computer. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God bless you as I know he will.

  16. Darlene Cain says:

    I know he will be missed by his family and friends.

  17. Trudi says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Sherry! Fred was such a kind and faithful man! A friend to all!! Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! We will miss him!

  18. Jules Willacker says:

    Our family loved and will miss Deacon Fred. He was so committed, faithful n dedicated in his ministry.
    There are no words to express how heartbroken we are. My only consolation is that he is now being cradled in the palm of Gods hand and has seen the face of God. Prayers Sherry.

  19. Connie Raabe says:

    Sherry, My heart is filled with grief for you. Gosh, what a shock. I have a fondness in my soul of the time we met. Standing at the wrong door at Mercy Medical College. You, me and Fred became instantly connected. I’ve always appreciated our friendship and the prayers we shared together. I hate this for you but know how much you love and trust our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to care for you and your hubs. I will be praying. Connie 🙁

  20. Steven & Lori Henry says:

    Sherry, we are so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

  21. bonnie darlak says:

    Sherry and Theresa, Cant explain all the hurt and suffering you are going through. He was a fun, smart man, and I know he meant everything to you Sherry. Much love and prayers for you

  22. regina zornes says:

    Unbelievable! Your heart, I am sure, has the same hollow, aching feeling as mine does. We lost two good guys! Ira really enjoyed the brief visit Fred made to him within the last couple of months. My condolences to you and other members of the Stockmaster family.

  23. Joe and Lynn says:

    Dear Sherry,
    What a loss for our parish!! I remember teaching CCD with Fred. He always knew his “stuff” and was a great resource for me. It was a real blessing when he came back to the parish. He will be missed! Please take care of yourself.
    Lynn W.

  24. Terry & Phyllis Bowersock says:

    Dear Sherry, Words can not express the sorrow we feel for losing Fred. He was your match made in Heaven and someday you will meet him again!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!! May you fine peace and comfort in knowing we are here for you!!! Take care our friend and Dear Cousin. Love you!!

  25. Donna Fulk Jackson says:

    Dear Sherry,
    I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Fred’s death. Even though it’s been years since I’ve seen you two, I have often thought about you.
    How heart-warming it was to read the sincere comments people have made about Fred. It seems like he was quite a man who had a special calling to help those in need. I am very impressed by the breadth of his reach to others. You certainly had a very giving friend and husband.
    Sending a hug your way.
    Your Crestview classmate,

  26. Jim & Jan Boyd says:

    Dear Sherry,
    We are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
    So very sorry for your loss. Fred was truly an amazing man for he demonstrated God’s love to everyone he served.
    Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to you & your family.

  27. Bonnie Banichar says:

    Sherry and family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We will miss Fred’s teachings, his perseverance, kindness and humor.
    The God who called him to be a Deacon has now called him home.
    His wisdom will shelter you with healing, peace and joy.
    Rich and Bonnie Banichar

  28. Debbie Cronebaugh Johnson says:

    Sherry, Theresa and family,
    So sorry to here this news. Fred and I enjoyed many years working together. I had the utmost respect for him. Please know I will be praying for you all.

  29. Peggy opatken says:

    I remember Fred for two or so years at St. Joseph in Plymouth. I play flute there when I can even though I am from Willard St.fra ncis. He was a very Christian man. I miss him

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