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JOHN LOUIS STUMP, 71, of Grabill, Ind., passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, with family by his side. At the time of his passing, he was a patient of the Cleveland Clinic, as a result of a brain aneurysm. Prior to being taken to the clinic, John and Denise were vacationing in Wooster, Ohio with friends. Born Jan. 15, 1943, he was the second son of Clarence Elgain Stump (deceased 1993) and Rita May Sordelet. His school years were spent at St. Peters Catholic Grade School, Central Catholic High School class of 1960, Purdue University (ASMET, 1963; BSME, 1967), and Northwestern University (MSME 1969). Learning was important to John and he continued to take classes throughout his adult life. He was a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and was a Professional Engineer in both the states of Indiana and Illinois. After college, John went to work for the Bell Systems in Batavia, Ill. In 1975, he left the Bell Systems to return to Fort Wayne and to work with his father in the family business, Quality Tool Company Inc. Ultimately, Elgain appointed John President of the company, a position he held until his aneurysm. John loved working in the tool shop and was proud of the fact that the business remained successful, despite the turn in the economy of the Fort Wayne area. Some say that the business was his passion. Other passions that John had included: driving and restoring street rods and antique cars; watch and clock collecting and restoration; reading just about anything; history, particularly the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln; art, including creating drawings and sculptures; and riding his motorcycle or his antique Cushman motor scooter. John received many awards for his clock restorations and was very involved in the restoration and re-hanging of the Peoples Trust & Savings clock at the Baker Street station in Fort Wayne. He won the Grand Championship award at the 2008 Grabill Fair for the miniature working cannons, that he designed and built, based on the cannon used during the Civil War. He loved to be working on some project. It seems he was always designing or working on something. The project could be as simple as a foot rest for the porch to a special trailer with ramp to haul his Cushman to events. John's memberships included: the Fort Wayne Street Rod Association; Civil War Roundtable of Northeast Indiana; the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Chapter 26; Antique Motorbike Club; Cushman Club of American Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Purdue Alumni (life member); Central Catholic HS Alumni (life member); and Becanson Historical Society (life member). He attended Leo United Methodist Church. On Aug. 21, 1993, John married Denise (Rohrs). John is also survived by his wife, Denise; sons, Louis (Darla) Stump and Charles (Juli Andrews) Stump; grandchildren, Robert Stump, Austin Stump, Maranda Stump, Crystal Hill, Lindsey Seslar, and Cody Bordner; six great-grandchildren; and John's furry buddy, Lincoln; siblings, James (Jeanne) Stump, Ken Stump, Don (Cheryle) Stump, Mary (Denny) Andrews, and Andrew Stump; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of John's life is 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014,at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo-Cedarville, with visitation and hour prior to service. Visitation for family and friends also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug 28, 2014, at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Per John's wishes, he will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to the FWSRA-Endowment for Disabled Students at IPFW, Turnstone Center or Leo United Methodist Church. To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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1320 East Dupont Rd.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 26, 2014
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