Paul Stamm, age 97 years, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Waldron, Mich., quickly and peacefully went to his heavenly home on Jan. 27, 2013.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1915, the fourth child and first son of Gustav and Priscilla (Stuckey) Stamm, near Archbold, Ohio.
He married Delilah Birky on April 20, 1945, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2004.
A farmer at heart, he also enjoyed his working years in the construction industry, building many homes in the Archbold area with Riegsecker Brothers Building Company; he pulled his final building permit at age 80 to build an addition onto his winter home in Bradenton, Fla.
He also thoroughly enjoyed the years he spent with his brother Harold as a partner of Stamm Brothers Gravel Company near Adrian, Mich., processing and hauling gravel and branching out into excavation work, until his retirement somewhere around the age of 78.
He was a lifelong member of Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker, and was its oldest member at the time of his death. He enjoyed receiving the Lockport Bulletin each week and prayed daily for its ministries.
He loved his Lord, he loved his church, and he loved the many opportunities he had to serve others in various capacities, wherever he saw a need.
He is survived by five children, Ina Bird, Bonnie (Loren) Gingerich, Nancy Hall (fiancé Gilbert Swalley), Ron Stamm, and Barb Stamm; 12 grandchildren, Nathan (Caity) Bird, Joshua Bird, Angela Bird, Rachel Bird, Laura Hall, Crystal Ramirez, Doug- las (Kendyl) Hall, Jennifer Gearig, Jeremy (Stephanie) Gearig, Gabriel (Samantha) Stamm, Danielle Lowery, Andrew (Christina) Lowery; 17 great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Breanna, Kendra Reasor, Vanessa DeArcia, Malaki Hall, Naomi and Adreanna Ramirez, Leigha, Zarik and Trevyn Hall, Bryn Gearig, Gabriel Caleb Paul, Carol Ann, and Anna Kay Gracie Stamm, Hailey Lowery, Aubree Marie Radcliff, Elizabeth Lowery; two brothers, Harold and Duane (Betty); three sisters, Geneva (Luther) Shetler, Zelma Kauffman, Grace Eicher; sistersand brothers-in-law, Jesse & Marge Liechty, John & Edith King, and Eldon & Jan Birky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three sisters and their husbands, Beulah and Claire Stockburger, Irma and Virgil Short, Wilma and Glen Roth; one brother and his wife, Denver and Jeanne Stamm; three sisters-in-law, Vesta Stamm, Carol Stamm, Mary Short; two brothers-in-law, Morris Kauffman, James Eicher.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lockport Mennonite Church with Pastors Ned Wyse and Steven Heatwole officiating.
Interment will precede in the Lockport Cemetery.
Friends may call at Short Funeral Home in Archbold from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Lockport Mennonite Church, 09269 21N, Stryker, OH 43557, The Gideons International, or to the donor’s favorite charity. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.