VeteranJunior Stambaugh

Junior StambaughJunior L. “Bill” Stambaugh, 84, of Browning died at 12:50 a.m. Oct. 13, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Schuyler County, a son of Earl and Lula Belville Stambaugh. He first married Dorothy Edwards on May 19, 1943. She preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 1997. He later married Rosa Lee (McCombs) Smith on Aug. 26, 1999, in Browning. She survives.

Also surviving are six children, Gary (and Lila) Stambaugh of Fayetteville, Billy (and Peggy) Stambaugh of Browning, Patsy (and Mike) Belden of Ashland, Dennis (and Debbie) Stambaugh of Beardstown, Karen Sager of Astoria and Alicia (and Rick) Hager of Ashland; one stepson, Mike (and Judy) Smith of Rushville; two sisters, Margaret Hunter of Browning and Dorothy Schisler of Astoria; 14 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight step great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three step great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one step granddaughter, Lisa Jerman; and three brothers, Albert, Donald and David Stambaugh.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

He worked in the rendering department at Oscar Mayer in Beardstown for over 20 years, retiring in October, 1986. After retirement, he farmed for Larry Egbert.

He was a member of Astoria Assembly of God Church and Astoria American Legion.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Pat Clements officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgeville Cemetery near Browning with military rites conducted by Astoria American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Ridgeville Cemetery, Astoria Assembly of God Church or Hillcrest Children’s Home, Hot Springs, Ark.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 10/14/2009