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John Hugh Stempel Obituary


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“Our hearts go out to the Wilson family at the homegoing of this father and grandfather. Although we never met him, the beautiful obituary made us...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Godfrey - Longview, TX

“Susan, I send my sincerest condolences to you and yours. Doris Allen ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Doris Allen - Coleman, TX

“Dear Susan, David, and family, The love you all had for both your Mom and Dad was so evident in the way you took care of them. I met Mr. and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sherry Molpus - Longview, TX

“Our prayers are with you at this time of loss. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jackie Stempel & Judd Scott - TX

“Dear Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There is not a month that goes by when I don't think of your mother and father. I first got to...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Nikki Donham - Coleman, TX

“Susan, David and Family So sorry for your loss. Know of our thoughts and prayers during this time. May God give you His peace that passes all...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Leta White - Longview, TX

“Sarah & Family So sorry to hear of your Grandfather's passing to his eternal home. Know that you and your family will be in my prayers. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Gilley - Longview, TX

“We enjoyed talking with Hugh and listening to his many vividly-portrayed stories. We are very sad to lose him as our friend and next-door neighbor! ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mark and Peggy Feller - Longview, TX

“I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Stempel, known more commonly as "Poppy" by the folks like me who were fortunate enough to know him as the...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Luke Fuller - Austin, TX

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Popi was a special man and I know he will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with your family. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Goldstrich - College Station, TX

“Susan, David & Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Another distinguished member of The Greatest Generation has gone to receive his reward for a...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Dane - Kilgore, TX

“I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember sitting and listening to his stories! What a blessing he was. You will all be in our prayers! God...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Metzler - Longivew, TX


Obituary for John Hugh Stempel John Hugh Stempel was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 14, 1927 to Wolter A. and Ruth Margaret Chapman Stempel. The family moved to Dallas in the late 1930’s where Hugh graduated from Highland Park High School. In September 2010 he attended his 66th high school reunion in Dallas. After high school he attended the Merchant Marine Academy in Pas Christian, MS served on active duty in World War II from April 1944 until December 1945 and then began over a quarter century of military duty in the United States Naval Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Like many Americans involved in World War II, Mr. Stempel attended college after the war’s end and received his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree, with honors, in June 1950 from Georgia Tech University. He was proud to be a Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech as well as president of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. Upon returning to Dallas after college graduation Hugh married JoAnn Swygard on June 24, 1950. They spent their first year together in Detroit before heading back to Texas and joining the family-owned business, Stempel Manufacturing Company, in 1951. He became president of the company upon the death of his father in 1968 and oversaw the relocation of the office products manufacturing company to Coleman Texas, in 1971. Mr. Stempel would guide the company as Chairman of the Board until he and JoAnn retired to Longview in 1997 to be near their daughter, Susan, and four grandchildren. While in Coleman, Hugh was very active in the community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Hospital Board, Rotary Club and Paul Harris Fellow and as mayor from 1975-1989. As mayor, he was Vice President of the Texas Municipal League in 1988 and Chairman of The West Texas Council of Governments. He also enjoyed being a contributing editorialist for the Abilene Reporter News. Hugh and Jo Ann Stempel traveled extensively in Europe and spent many wonderful times in Hawaii. He was proud of his German ancestry and traveled to Germany many times to trace his family tree, most recently when he took three generations of the family to Germany, Austria and Italy in December 2007. Popi and Gaki’s (as their grandchildren and all their friends called them) favorite times though were spent with their family in Hot Springs and Lake DeGray relaxing and fishing and trying new places to eat. Hugh was an intelligent and very well read man and could discuss any subject well, at length, and those that knew him knew he loved to talk! Mr. Stempel was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepmother who was really like his mom, Dorothy Wilson Stempel, two brothers, Joseph Maxwell and Wolter C. Stempel and by his beloved wife, JoAnn in 2006. Although Hugh suffered with adult diabetes, loss of sight, along with other related physical challenges he was determined to be independent and live in his own home, which he did, until his death on November 6, 2010. Surviving him are his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Wilson of Longview, four grandchildren and spouses, Sarah M. and Tim Medin of Mankato, MN, John and Eunju-Lee Wilson of Vienna, Austria, Chris and Samantha Welch of Tyler and Mark Wilson of San Antonio, and two precious great grandsons, Mason John Wilson of Vienna, Austria and Clark David Medin of Mankato, MN. Memorial services for Mr. Stempel will be held 10 AM, Thursday, November 11, 2010, Veterans Day, in the Ford Chapel of First Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Webb officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be held prior to the service at Rosewood Park Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-8 in the evening, Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Rader Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials are made to Highway 80 Rescue Mission I Longview, Buckner International Missions or a charity of choice. The family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Drs Alejandro Plan, Richard Hamer, and Bert Sharp for their compassionate care of Mr. Stempel over the past few years.

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