In memory of
TILDEN RAY STUMBO Sr.
In memory of
TILDEN RAY STUMBO Sr.
STUMBO SR., TILDEN RAY (T.R.) passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI in the care of and surrounded by his loving family. A Lion of leadership, duty, strength and integrity, he lived 88 years in service to others, and is remembered by the thousands whose lives he touched. A child of the Depression born and raised in the Eastern Kentucky town of McDowell, he learned the value of hard work, pride in family and place, and equality for all. Inspired by his mother, the first Postmistress in Minnie, KY and generations of Stumbos in public service, he found his life's calling. After basketball stardom as a McDowell High School Daredevil, he served his country with honor in the U.S. Army. He then attended the University of Kentucky before joining family in Michigan and graduating from Eastern Michigan University. All the while, he raised a beautiful family of five children and strived to make a difference. He was elected Ypsilanti Township Clerk in 1964 and subsequently served as a member of the Washtenaw County Commission, including chair of the Budget Committee. He also succeeded in commercial development in the business, health and hospitality sectors; many still miss TR's Supper Club. Always a visionary, he saw opportunity in a new magical theme park in Central Florida and relocated there to develop retirement communities that still thrive today. In the late 1960s, the family and their values were widely credited with strengthening newly integrated public schools in that region. The last surviving grandchild of William (Bill Buck) and Mary Stumbo and their 17 children, TR was preceded in death by his mother and father, George Dewey (Hobb) and Vida Collins Stumbo (McDowell, KY); three siblings: Collis Stumbo (Bowling Green, KY), Dewey Gilbert Stumbo (Wabash, IN) and Oneida Hall (Belleville, MI); and two children: Dean Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI) and Lisa Stumbo Fowler (Steve; Orlando, FL). He is survived by three sons: Tilden Ray Stumbo Jr. (Meta; Port Allen, LA), Barry Stumbo (Michele Ripley; Lexington, KY) and Dale Stumbo (Wildwood, FL); plus six grandchildren: Taylor Rae, Erika, Erin, Kaley, DeMoss and Dewey; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful for T.R.'s devoted cousin and best friend Brenda Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI). T.R. was also the last of a Breed. He loved his family and friends and traveled the world. A proud Democrat, he managed/advised many successful Democratic campaigns, worked tirelessly and lived a large life until his final days. For his many achievements and the legacy he leaves especially in Michigan, he was honored with the 2016 dedication of the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center in Ypsilanti Township. When COVID restrictions lift, a celebration of life will be held in Ypsilanti this summer to honor his last wishes "with the sun shining, wine flowing, music playing and laughter all around." Remembrances can be forwarded through aaobits@mlive.com.
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In memory of
TILDEN RAY STUMBO Sr.
STUMBO SR., TILDEN RAY (T.R.) passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 in Ypsilanti, MI in the care of and surrounded by his loving family. A Lion of leadership, duty, strength and integrity, he lived 88 years in service to others, and is remembered by the thousands whose lives he touched. A child of the Depression born and raised in the Eastern Kentucky town of McDowell, he learned the value of hard work, pride in family and place, and equality for all. Inspired by his mother, the first Postmistress in Minnie, KY and generations of Stumbos in public service, he found his life's calling. After basketball stardom as a McDowell High School Daredevil, he served his country with honor in the U.S. Army. He then attended the University of Kentucky before joining family in Michigan and graduating from Eastern Michigan University. All the while, he raised a beautiful family of five children and strived to make a difference. He was elected Ypsilanti Township Clerk in 1964 and subsequently served as a member of the Washtenaw County Commission, including chair of the Budget Committee. He also succeeded in commercial development in the business, health and hospitality sectors; many still miss TR's Supper Club. Always a visionary, he saw opportunity in a new magical theme park in Central Florida and relocated there to develop retirement communities that still thrive today. In the late 1960s, the family and their values were widely credited with strengthening newly integrated public schools in that region. The last surviving grandchild of William (Bill Buck) and Mary Stumbo and their 17 children, TR was preceded in death by his mother and father, George Dewey (Hobb) and Vida Collins Stumbo (McDowell, KY); three siblings: Collis Stumbo (Bowling Green, KY), Dewey Gilbert Stumbo (Wabash, IN) and Oneida Hall (Belleville, MI); and two children: Dean Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI) and Lisa Stumbo Fowler (Steve; Orlando, FL). He is survived by three sons: Tilden Ray Stumbo Jr. (Meta; Port Allen, LA), Barry Stumbo (Michele Ripley; Lexington, KY) and Dale Stumbo (Wildwood, FL); plus six grandchildren: Taylor Rae, Erika, Erin, Kaley, DeMoss and Dewey; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful for T.R.'s devoted cousin and best friend Brenda Stumbo (Ypsilanti, MI). T.R. was also the last of a Breed. He loved his family and friends and traveled the world. A proud Democrat, he managed/advised many successful Democratic campaigns, worked tirelessly and lived a large life until his final days. For his many achievements and the legacy he leaves especially in Michigan, he was honored with the 2016 dedication of the Tilden R. Stumbo Civic Center in Ypsilanti Township. When COVID restrictions lift, a celebration of life will be held in Ypsilanti this summer to honor his last wishes "with the sun shining, wine flowing, music playing and laughter all around." Remembrances can be forwarded through aaobits@mlive.com.
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