Rev. Kenneth J. Stumpf, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, died peacefully at his home in New York City on October 23, 2012. He was born in New Orleans on January 15, 1938 to the late Ruth Rayl Stumpf and Joseph H. Stumpf. He was graduated from Nicholls High School in New Orleans, attended Concordia College in Austin, Texas, obtained a B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.A. in English Literature from Tulane University. He served his Vicarage at First Lutheran Church in Boston, Massachusetts and was ordained at his home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Orleans, Louisiana in July 1964. Rev. Stumpf pursued post graduate studies receiving a degree of Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Tulane University School of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctorate in 1974. In July 1964, Rev. Stumpf served as Campus Pastor at Iowa State University and was Assistant Pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa. He was Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Springfield, New Jersey from 1966 to 1971. He served as a member of the Mayor's Human Relation Committee in Springfield, Chairman of the Committee on Campus Work, New Jersey Conference of the Atlantic District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and as Chairman of the Clergy Association in Springfield. In the 1970s he served as a vacancy Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, and was President of the Greater New Orleans Lutheran Pastors' Conference 1976-1977. After moving to New York, Rev. Stumpf worked at The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service of the Lutheran Council USA until 1983. He served as coordinator of U. S. Immigration Concerns, Associate Director for Administration and as Associate Director for Policy Development. Rev. Stumpf was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Eunice M. Stumpf and his brother, John C. Stumpf. He is survived by his beloved godchildren, Tara Meyer Dull, Kathleen Leopold Levine, Corina Goulden, Corey Wilson-Wirth, and Lisa Wilson-Wirth.his cousins and many great nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be conducted at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Kevin Kieschnick presiding. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery No.3. Rev. Stumpf requested Philippines 1:21 serve as his memorial and inscription: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the church or charity of your choosing are preferred.
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