William “Bill” Stumpf

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William “Bill” Stumpf, 72, of Belleville, IL, born July 27, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, June 17, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Bill worked tirelessly as a dairy farmer for most of his days on S&M Dairy. Even after selling off the livestock, he continued to farm, until just recently. Off the farm, Bill was a devoted family man. He was known for his weekly phone calls to check in on his siblings and keeping up with his children’s busy schedules. Grandpa Bill loved his grandkids most of all. There was rarely a conversation with him that didn’t involve a story, bragging about their accomplishments. Bill lived for Wednesday nights with the gang, Thursday euchre games, and a cold Stag, while watching the Cardinal game. He will be remembered for his curly hair, booming voice, and love for his wife, Janet’s, desserts. Bill will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Stumpf; and his mother and stepfather, Hanella J. (Vernon), nee Schwaegel, Huwer.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Janet, nee Gundlach, Stumpf, whom he married on December 1, 1973;
two daughters, Melissa (Ryan) Collins and Julie (Shawn) Spruill;
one son, Matt (Nikki) Stumpf;
six grandchildren, Kylee, Wesley, Samantha, Ellie, Brynlee and Hayden;
five brothers and sisters, Bob Stumpf, Nancy Lorentzen, Wayne (Lori) Stumpf, Paul (Ramona) Stumpf, and Alice (Jim) Adden;
his in-laws, Joe Gundlach, Richard (Kathy) Gundlach, and Tom Gundlach;
and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

A celebration of life will be held in Bill’s memory beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Karban’s Knotty Pines, in Waterloo, IL.



14 Comments on William “Bill” Stumpf

Jim Amann said : Guest Report Aug 15, 2023 at 9:38 AM

Janet, we were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I was wandering just the other day why he hadn't stopped by lately. We sure did enjoy his visits. He and Dad were quite the buddy's! Know that you and your family are in our thoughts. Jim & Jeanne and Norma Amann

  • IL
Liz. Whitney said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 9:00 PM

Bill (Curly) has been a part of our Family for at least 6 decades, usually with a kind word and a great smile.You are in our prayers and sincere wishes for healing for this tragic loss. Hi Ceres r sympathy to Janet and her supportive family. Treasure the memories.

  • Palm Coast
  • Florida
Marilyn and Jack Merkley said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2023 at 8:43 AM

Dear Janet and family, We were saddened to hear of Bill's passing. It is our prayer that God gives all of you the grace to find peace and gratitude for such a devoted husband, dad, and grandfather. His goodness lives on in his dear family. Sincerely, Jack and Marilyn

  • Rochester
  • Il
Mary F. Bauer MacMillan said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 3:23 PM

Cousin Janet, I have not spoken with you in so long. I know the loss you are feeling right now. I too lost the love of my life in February. I will continue to pray for you and your family to absorb all of the love that is being sent your way! Mom and Dad always spoke very highly of the efforts you and Bill put into your family and farm! God Bless you all!

  • Heber Springs
  • Arkansas
Peggy and Dave Perez said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 2:06 PM

Janet, we are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We will keep Bill, you and your children and grandchildren in our prayers. God bless you. All our love. Dave and Peggy

  • Murray
  • KY
Mark & Kim Forcade said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2023 at 12:27 PM

Janet & family’s. We were very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. So glad I got to talk with him recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please except our sympathy

  • Belleville
  • Il
Louise Mayer Kramer said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2023 at 4:58 PM

So very sorry to have heard of Bill’s passing. I this is a difficult time for the entire Stumpf family. May you find the support you need from family and friends. I don’t know if they have tractors in heaven, but I bet he find one and maybe a cow too.

  • Palm Coast
  • Fl
B ill and Barb Schindler said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2023 at 4:52 PM

We are deeply sorry for the loss of your dear Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers Love Ya Bill and Barb

  • Belleville
  • il
Ray and Jody Page said : Guest Report Jun 22, 2023 at 10:08 AM

I’ve know Bill (Curley) since a young man . He was always helpful when I needed him and considered him a good friend. He will be missed by all that came to know him. RIP Bill and offing our condolences to his family.

  • Millstaft
  • Illinois
Inex said : Guest Report Jun 22, 2023 at 5:49 AM

Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Your walking partner Inez

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Margie Schwartz said : Guest Report Jun 21, 2023 at 12:20 PM

Dearest Janet and family, Pat and I and our children and grandchildren have always been made to feel like part of your family. For this I am most grateful. Please know that Bill will always be remembered with love.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mandy & Bob Bernard said : Guest Report Jun 21, 2023 at 9:06 AM

So so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill's passing... our condolences to the rest of our family. He was such a hard working and sacrificing man... I have such neat memories of him showing us around the farm as kids, and even helping a breeched calf be born. He was always boisterous... I was grateful to get to spend time with him and Aunt Janet on our Alaska trip, where he tried to teach me a card game, and their visit to Las Vegas for NYE in 2019, where we hit the strip and even went hiking. He will be missed for sure... Love you all...

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Bill and Pat Biehl said : Guest Report Jun 20, 2023 at 3:55 PM

We were saddened to here of Bill's passing.What a wonderful neighbor and friend.Please accept our deepest sympathies.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Susan Wiegers said : Guest Report Jun 20, 2023 at 2:58 PM

We are shocked and saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Please accept our heart felt sympathy Janet to you and your family. Wishing you God’s peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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