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Charles E. Stambaugh

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Charles E. “Bud” Stambaugh, 87, was born in Harney, Maryland, to Harry and Ruth (Wetzberger) Stambaugh on May 15, 1916. He died at the Lutheran Home at Sprenkle Drive in York on Monday, August 18, 2003 as a result of his fifth bout with cancer. He was preceded in death by his former wives: Esther (Feeser) Stambaugh, Sarah (Smith) Stambaugh, and a son Lincoln Delmar Stambaugh. He is survived by his daughter, Eileen J. Schmid, of York; four sisters, Mildred Rummel of Elizabethville, Pa., Lucille Zepp of Littlestown, Verna Wentz of Hanover and Janice Myers of Dover; two step children, Monata Smith and Joyce Gross, both of York; his companion, Betty Yingling; daughter-in-law, Donna Knaub of Spring Grove; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Mr. Stambaugh was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, York, Loyal Order of Moose, Williams Grove Steam Engine Association, Rough and Tumble Steam Engine Association, Kinzer, Pa., Rumely Products Collectors Association, Menges Mills Steam Engine Association, and Old Time Days Association of Manchester. He was well known throughout the Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania area for his work with farm machinery. He first worked for his father who sold Rumely Oil Pull machinery to farms throughout that area and helped his father with threshing on many of the farms. He worked for Stambaugh (later became Beasley) Ford of Spring Grove, founded his own Stambaugh's Farm Machinery Business selling and maintaining Massey Harris tractors, combines, and other machinery. He operated his own trucking business, trucking farm machinery for Massey Harris and later John Deere. He then became a diesel mechanic for York Mack, returned to farm machinery on John Deere equipment for Whorley's of West York and finally the same for Neuhaus' John Deere in southern York County from which he retired. Mr. Stambaugh was nationally known for his Rumely Oil Pull collecting and knowledge of restoring these old farm tractors. A mechanic all his life gave him a wealth of knowledge on repairing and restoring not only Rumely Oil Pulls but also Allis Chalmers, Massey Harris, and John Deere machinery. He was a regular speaker at the Rumely Collectors Reunions in LaPorte, Indiana and other annual Expos by that same organization throughout the Midwest He exhibited regularly at a host of shows in Maryland and Pennsylvania where he was often found entertaining people with his anecdotes, many of which are included in his book “Recollections of an Old Rumely Man”, which he co-wrote with Brenda Stant. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's (Lischey's) UCC, 5671 Lischey's Church Rd., Spring Grove with his pastor the Rev. George W. Fitch, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Viewings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Irwin Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 175 N. Main St., Spring Grove and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 924-N Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Aug. 20, 2003
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