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STUMPF, Alvin A. “Buddy”

STUMPF, Alvin A. “Buddy”

Alvin A. STUMPF “Buddy” age 91.  Beloved husband of the late Helen Ann (nee Zak).  Dearest father of Dr. Jeanne Marie Stumpf, Judith Hering (Larry), Kathleen Dybo (Jan), Geri Rogers (David), Patrice Koerper, Dallan, Deborah Tabor (Tony), James (Sherri), and Beverly “Bunny” Bokan (Greg).  Dear grandfather of 24 and great grandfather of 23.  Loving son of Robert Jacob and Alida (nee Kloth). Loving brother of the late Wolfram, Robert E.,  Carl, Alida “Dolly”, and Albert.  WWII Navy Veteran.

PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH for the Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Strongsville.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the “Estate of A. A. Stumpf” to be used for the Centennial Celebration of the West Side Market. To offer online condolences, please visit

Alvin A., “Buddy”, Stumpf was a brilliant man of many interests with a gift for gab, an unquenchable thirst for all things electronic and high-tech, and a talent for entrepreneurial endeavors. His faith occupied his thoughts and was a rewarding part of his life.

He was a pun-master, a practical joker – especially with his brothers and sister. He loved to read, to research and to connect family members near and far. He was a wonderful Grandpa and great-grandfather, who entertained the youngest with his jokes, magic tricks and riddles – “Do you walk to school or carry your lunch? He was “Uncle Buddy” to his many nieces and nephews and “Bud” to his beautiful and well-loved, late wife Helen.

His Mother’s family (Alida Kloth) was from Stettin, Germany; his father, Robert Jacob Stumpf was born in 1879 in Eberbach, Germany. His parents met and were married in America. A 1922 photo of his Dad at his smoked meat stand at the West Side Market is part of the Cleveland Memory online library.

Al’s career began immediately after his graduation from West Technical High School in 1938, where he specialized in the study of electricity. He felt his studies were an excellent foundation to build upon, and with continuous self-study and a variety of jobs from maintenance electrician to apprentice at a research institution, he qualified as an instructor in the Navy. During his three year naval service (1942-45), he taught Aviation Radar & Radio and obtained his First Class Radio Telephone Engineers License.

His career reached a technical high-point as a Senior Project Designer with Designers for Industry of Cleveland (1951-54). In the late 1950’s Al, always a trail blazer, bought and sold parcels of land on the undeveloped end of Blazey Trail in Strongsville, and built his growing family a large ranch house on a heavily wooded lot – achieving another of his lifelong dreams. During that time he worked for Unitized Electronics Corps as a service provider and distributor for Setchell-Carlson Television Receivers and Studio Television Broadcasting Studio Equipment (1951-65).

In 1965, he opened a job shop, RWS Industries, where he designed and produced prototypes for a variety of equipment ranging from cable systems for the Redstone Missile program NASA Launch devices, and designed and installed closed circuit television for industry, commerce and nuclear reactors. With increased interest, at that time, in electronic training in vocational schools and colleges, he developed training equipment in advanced electronics and television, which was considered the best in the nation. He wrote the related training manuals and traveled to vocational and technical trade shows throughout the country.

Al also enjoyed participating at different times in his life with his older brother Rob’s family business Kitchen Maid Meats. In his 60’s, he bought farmland and again sold parcels with the intent of building a retirement home for he and Helen. During his 70’s and 80’s, Al continued working part-time in the electronics field and pursued related projects. In his mid to late 80’s, he combined his faith and his technical expertise as president of Hail Holy Queen Communications, a not-for-profit corporation, devoted to starting a Catholic radio station in northeast Ohio.

At the age of 90 – hampered but not deterred by his need for fulltime oxygen intake due to congestive heart failure, he moved into a house he bought using online resources, fax and telephone communications and was fully involved in his newest project, the development of a meat-cutting and sausage-making school. In January of this year, he was online surfing the Internet to find resources and contacts for the project, and continued working and holding meetings in the nursing home between his recent hospital stays.

It is with deep regret and sadness, his large and still growing family says goodbye to this pioneer and pursuer of a deeper, more interesting and humorous life.


Messages of Condolence

  1. Dallan, sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Thinking of you during these sad times. Jean

  2. Dear Judy and Family,

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold on to all the wonderful memories you and your father shared, My prayers are with all of you.

    God Bless You,


  3. Dallan,
    My wife and I are thinking of you and your family at this time. I will be thinking of you on Wednesday and Thursday as I will be in NY both days.
    Your friend,

  4. Dear Geri and Stumpf Family,
    So very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during such a difficult and painful time.
    Your dad was such a spirited man with great stories that made me laugh.
    Geri, I will never forget him and our trip years ago to the WHIPP restaurant for strawberry shortcake, always an adventure!
    His memory will live on with joy and mention his name , it will make me grin.
    Know that you are surrounded by memories, love and caring support.
    God Bless You , Rosi McGinnis

  5. Kathy and family,

    My family and I are sending you and your family our sincerest prayers and our deepest sympathy. If you need anything please let us know. We are so sorry for your loss.

    Much love,
    The Gipper Family

  6. Judy and Larry.
    I am sorry to hear about the death of your father.
    My prayers are with you.

  7. Dear Geri,
    Please know that “The Birthday Group” has had you in prayer all week. We are lifting you up at this sad time to our Heavenly Father Who knows exactly what you need. May His comfort, strength and peace be yours as you walk through this valley. We love you.
    Carol, Dody, Doris, Dee, Kathy, Sharon, Betty, Brenda, Gloria and Sue.

  8. Dear Debbie and family,
    This world has truly lost a special and unique person! I feel so fortunate to have been able to send time with your dad-what an energetic soul!! You’re in my thoughts and prayers, Love, Pam

  9. He must have been a remarkable person. His daughter ,Patrice, who has been a leader in our library system, would travel to see him at every opportunity. My best wishes to the family as they celebrate his life. With sincere sympathy, Jan Platt (Tampa, FL.)

  10. To my cousins Jeanne Maire, Judy, Kathy, Geri, Patty, Dallen, Debbie, James and Bunny:

    Yes, Uncle Bud ,had a good long life, but still his passing is sad. I was lucky to have him as an uncle. I apologize for not being able to attend the funeral. My thoughts are with you all.


    Mary Beth

  11. Dearest Debbie and family,
    You are all in my prayers and thoughts in this time of mourning.
    I wish I could be there. I know we will all miss him dearly. Grandpa Al has always had a special place in my heart. I loved how our conversations never had an end and he always knew which saint to quote for whatever troubles or difficulties I had been facing. He was truly a blessing to have in my life and a blessing to many others. I had the great honor of knowing him 24 yrs, I will miss him so much and the kitty in his shirt!
    Love and hugs to all.
    Tracey Childress

  12. Dear Judy,

    I am sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

    God Bless,

  13. Dr. Stumpf,
    Please known that your students are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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