TILDEN RAY STUMBO Sr.
1932 - 2021
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STUMBO SR., TILDEN RAY (T.R.) passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI in the care of and surrounded by his loving family. A Lion of leadership, duty, strength and integrity, he lived 88 years in service to others, and is remembered by the thousands whose lives he touched. A child of the Depression born and raised in the Eastern Kentucky town of McDowell, he learned the value of hard work, pride in family and place, and equality for all. Inspired by his mother, the first Postmistress in Minnie, KY and generations of Stumbos in public service, he found his life's calling. After basketball stardom as a McDowell High School Daredevil, he served his country with honor in the U.S. Army. He then attended the University of Kentucky before joining family in Michigan and graduating from Eastern Michigan University. All the while, he raised a beautiful family of five children and strived to make a difference. He was elected Ypsilanti Township Clerk in 1964 and subsequently served as a member of the Washtenaw County Commission, including chair of the Budget Committee. He also succeeded in commercial development in the business, health and hospitality sectors; many still miss TR's Supper Club. Always a visionary, he saw opportunity in a new magical theme park in Central Florida and relocated there to develop retirement communities that still thrive today. In the late 1960s, the family and their values were widely credited with strengthening newly integrated public schools in that region. The last surviving grandchild of William (Bill Buck) and Mary Stumbo and their 17 children, TR was preceded in death by his mother and father, George Dewey (Hobb) and Vida Collins Stumbo (McDowell, KY); three siblings: Collis Stumbo (Bowling Green, KY), Dewey Gilbert Stumbo (Wabash, IN) and Oneida Hall (Belleville, MI); and two children: Dean Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI) and Lisa Stumbo Fowler (Steve; Orlando, FL). He is survived by three sons: Tilden Ray Stumbo Jr. (Meta; Port Allen, LA), Barry Stumbo (Michele Ripley; Lexington, KY) and Dale Stumbo (Wildwood, FL); plus six grandchildren: Taylor Rae, Erika, Erin, Kaley, DeMoss and Dewey; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful for T.R.'s devoted cousin and best friend Brenda Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI). T.R. was also the last of a Breed. He loved his family and friends and traveled the world. A proud Democrat, he managed/advised many successful Democratic campaigns, worked tirelessly and lived a large life until his final days. For his many achievements and the legacy he leaves especially in Michigan, he was honored with the 2016 dedication of the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center in Ypsilanti Township. When COVID restrictions lift, a celebration of life will be held in Ypsilanti this summer to honor his last wishes "with the sun shining, wine flowing, music playing and laughter all around." Remembrances can be forwarded through aaobits@mlive.com.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 24, 2021
I think back very fondly when I lived and worked on TR's farm. I have the upmost love and respect for TR and his family. I'll cherish the memories of some of the Christmases, with signing and music. My condolences to all.
Keith Batchelor
Friend
January 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow...

your family is filled with angels on Earth! hugs and prayers !
Kelly Cornicelli
Friend
January 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Kelly Cornicelli
January 19, 2021
Ray Stumbo and I met in the early 80s. I thought he was the coolest guy I’d ever met. He was my mentor. I loved him dearly.
Pat Dandridge
Friend
January 19, 2021
Barry, Ray, and Dean, as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.
Rodney Rocker Sr
Friend
January 16, 2021
I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Stumbo, but he was clearly a man of action and good works. I do have the pleasure of knowing his son Barry and his daughter in law Michelle. They are certainly a wonderful example of his good works. I am so sorry for the family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Virginia G. Fox
Friend
January 13, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences. TR has helped many in our community.

Jeff Castro
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Jeff Castro
Friend
January 13, 2021
What a remarkable man he was. Prayers go to the family in this time of loss. He lived life to the fullest and went to rest high on that mountain in peaceful slumber.
Ginni Charles Haynes
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
My deepest sympathy is extended to TR’s family. The Ypsilanti area has lost a dedicated and influential citizen. I remember him as one who was the inspiration behind the development of Ypsilanti Township. He was recognized as one who believed strongly in the community. He had enthusiasm, knowledge, and wisdom that was often sought out by those in office. He leaves behind a dynamic community that is thriving in no small way thanks to his vision
George D Goodman
January 11, 2021
TR never forgot where he came from. He always acknowledge the people he knew. I am proud to have called him my friend.
Duane Moran
Friend
January 10, 2021
Barry,
May fond memories of your father bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Although I did not know him I must say, after reading about him, I now know the Apple still does not fall far from the tree. Sending prayers for you, Michelle, and your family.
Anne
Anne Hollingsworth
Friend
January 9, 2021
My husband David and I did not know Mr. Tilden but we know his son, Barry, who was Best Man at our son Mark’s wedding. We send our sympathies to the entire Stumbo family. Loss of a beloved family member is tough. Most of us old enough can relate.

Rosemarie Greenwald
Friend
January 9, 2021
I remember Tilden from McDowell, Ky in the 1940's. He was close to my sister. Pluma Martin's age. I was born in 1940, my sister 1932. Hob and Vida were neighbors. Sad to hear of his passing.
Barry Dean Martin
Acquaintance
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