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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Thomas J. Stump, 62, a South Whitley resident, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, following a fall from the balcony of a large barn near Harrisburg, Ill.
He was born June 14, 1949, in Kimmell, a son of Samuel Lewis and Betty Jean (Palmer) Stump.
His formative years were spent in Syracuse and North Webster. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
On September 13, 1980 he married Sandra Sue â€śSamâ€ť Gaff.
They always lived in Kosciusko County, living in North Webster until 1997 when they moved to Mentone. Mrs. Stump died Sept. 1, 2002.
On March 22, 2008 he married Shelby J. (Walker) Hilligoss. They always made their home in South Whitley.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he was a welder and a general construction worker. He enjoyed camping and was an avid fisherman.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Shelby; three children, October (John) Rasmussen of Silver Lake, Lanti Stump of Mentone and Abie T. (Brittaney) Stump of Mentone; a stepdaughter, Tracey L. (Ron) Stephens of South Whitley; nine grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and four sisters, Susan Stump of Wickenburg Ariz., Judith Wolf of Dwight Ill., Sarah â€śSallyâ€ť Strong of Vero Beach Fla. and Debora Christian of North Manchester.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.
The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the final expense payable to Smith & Sons Funeral Homes.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.