THREE-TIME PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT DIES - Former Calhouner Roy "Red" Stump, 80

A former Calhoun man who received three purple hearts in World War II has passed in Lorain, Ohio.

Roy D. "Red" Stump, 80, of Lorain, died December 9 at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a long illness.

Stump once lived on the homestead of Calhoun's Medal of Honor recipient Bernard Pius Bell at Henrietta, just east of Hog Knob Hill.

A story about Stump's life was used in a TV drama "It's a Miracle" in 2001, about his miracle reunion with an army buddy.

Stump was born January 3, 1925, in Grantsville, son of the late Sherman and Cora J. Deems Stump. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in France, Belgium and Holland during World War II. He served from 1943 to 1946 as a private with the 878th anti-aircraft battalion Companies A and B. He received three Purple Hearts, the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon.

He moved to Lorain in 1960 and was retired in 1983 from Ford Motor Company, Brook Park Plant. He worked as a repairman in the Engine Plants 1 and 2 and retired with more than 33 years of service. He received his GED from Clearview in 2002.

He also attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church. After his retirement from Ford he worked in security at the former Still Country Bar on SR 113 for 15 years.

Mr. Stump drove a race car for several years at Lorain Motor Speedway. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching professional wrestling. He was a member of the VFW Post 1079 in Elyria, American Legion Post 30 in Lorain and UAW Post 1250, Brookpark.

Survivors include his wife, Jean B. Mielcarek Stump, who he married March 23, 1990; step daughters Pam J. Cothran, Jean B. Barger and Michelle A. Varady, all of Lorain, Mary L. Clark of Clarksville, Tenn., and Margaret P. Butcher of Columbus; step sons Steven E. Mielcarek of Columbus and Michael E. Mielcarek of Lorain; sisters Alice Pearl Graham of Elyria and Gladys Abbey of Norwalk; and 12 step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. Fifth Street, Lorain. Rev. Darlene Robinson, pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial in Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Amherst Township, with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 30, VFW Post 451 and VFW Post 1079.

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