Mike Stump, age 79, of Tiro, died two days short of his 80th birthday on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at his home following a short illness.
Mike was born February 18, 1936 in Shelby, the youngest child of the late Thomas, and Marie (See) Stump. He was a 1954 graduate of Tiro High School and was a veteran of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division serving as a paratrooper at the end of the Korean War. Mike spent his life as a farmer, raising cattle and crops. He was most comfortable in his boots, which were well worn and broken in. In addition to farming, he owned Stump Brothers Trucking in Tiro with his brother, Charles. It was through all of his travels with his company that he grew a keen sense of direction, being able to help anyone get anywhere all across the nation.
Mike was an incredibly social person who never met a stranger. His friends were many, and even with those he had not seen in years, he could quickly re-kindle a relationship. He enjoyed the special relationships he made with so many neighbors and friends who have spoken fondly of him by referring to him as being like a “second father” and like an “older brother.” He would always pitch in to help a friend in need with projects or opinions. An easy proof of Mike’s social nature is his numerous memberships in multiple clubs, many of which are in several counties, including: Elks, Moose, Eagles, and VFW.
Mike was an animal lover, from large livestock to his faithful dog, Roscoe.
On December 29, 1957, Mike married the former Maxine Shaffer and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1998. He is survived by his 3 children: Carol (Brad) Mawhorr of Zanesville, Susan (Daniel) Shealy of Tiro, and Timothy Stump of Tiro; 5 grandchildren, all of whom he was extremely proud: Gavin (Joanna) Mawhorr, Lauren Shealy, Erica Mawhorr, Lydia Shealy, and Paige Shealy; 2 brothers: Leland (Vicki) Stump and Charles Stump; 7 sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law: Lois (Jake) Worner, Dixie Sargent, Connie (Bill) Peyton, Helen “Punk” (Rex) Hester, Mary Wise, Joe Shaffer, Barb (Mike) Young, and Janice Stump Kraft; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, Maxine, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bob” Stump and a sister, Leona Neff.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a gathering on Saturday, March 5, 2016 beginning at 1 pm at the Tiro-Auburn Fire Station, 102 South Main Street, Tiro, Ohio 44887. Burial will be in Tiro Oakland Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tiro-Auburn Fire Station or Home Care Matters Hospice in Galion.
Care for Mike and his family is being provided by Bob, Catherine, and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit: penwellturner.com