Howard Stumpf

Dec 4, 1919 - Mar 5, 2013


Howard Stumpf, a native of Lancaster, Pa., passed on March 5, 2013, at the age of 93. 

Born Dec. 4, 1919, he was the son of Howard and Margaret (Mowrer) Stumpf. He graduated from Lancaster Boys High School in 1937 after which he commenced a business career in sales beginning with Armstrong Cork Company. His career was interrupted by his enlistment into the Air Force Ground Services during WW II. He was stationed in the Panama Canal and rose to the rank of staff sergeant before his discharge in 1946. Howard returned to Lancaster and resumed his sales position with Armstrong. In 1947 he married Helen Kohler Wentz.

His sales career also included positions with Wilson Plastics and West Virginia Pulp and Paper in Sandusky. Howard also was on the Board of Directors of POPAI, a NYC advertising firm. In 1966, Howard was approached by this advertising firm and offered a position as president. He joined Point of Purchase Advertising Institute and led the company to many years of growth and success until his retirement in 1987. 

While serving in this capacity, Howard and his wife moved to Westport, Conn. They remained in Westport for 30 years where he enjoyed an active social life. He was an avid Bridge player and devoted to the NY Times Crossword puzzle. He was an active member of the Episcopal Church Vestry most of his adult life. In 1996 Howard and his wife returned to Lancaster, which he felt was his true home. They settled in Homestead Village where he served on the resident board. In July 2012, Howard moved with his wife to The Hearth at Gardenside in Branford, Conn., to be nearer to family.

Howard is survived by his wife of 66 years, Helen Wentz Stumpf; his sons, Frederick Stumpf and wife Jacqueline, of Houston, and William Stumpf and his wife Derith of Durham, Conn.; and grandchildren, Alexandra Stumpf and her husband Patrick Crosby, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Matthew Stumpf, of Wakefield, Mass., and W. Dylan Stumpf, of Durham, Conn. He is also survived by his brother, Jack Stumpf and his wife Anne of Scottsdale, Ariz.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in the name of Howard Stumpf to the Water Street Ministries, P.O. BOX 7267, Lancaster, PA 17604.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. April 20, at the Village Commons at Homestead Village in Lancaster. A reception will immediately follow the service.