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Past president, sergeant-at-arms Del Stumpff dies

Past president Del Stumpff died Feb. 16 at a Kansas City KS, hospital where he had been in critical condition for five weeks following a cardiac arrest at his home in Overland Park.

He was in a coma and on life support systems prior to his death.

His wife Millie spent each day with him. She appreciates the concern shown by 99th friends during his illness.

Stumpff was a staff sergeant in D/394. He joined the 99th at Camp Van Dorn and was joined by his wife at Camp Maxey.

In combat during the Battle of the Bulge, S/Sgt. Stumpff exhibited valor by ordering his .81mm mortar section to raise the angle of fire to 89 degrees, wiping out waves of attacking Germans. Several articles and books were written about the action.

He served the 99th Infantry Division Association as sergeant-at-arms, and proudly carried Old Glory during the San Antonio convention, in spite of failing health.

He and Millie attended all conventions and most of the 99th tours to European battlefields.

Her home address is 10812 W. 141st St, Overland Park KS 66621.

A successful Kansas City real estate developer and housing contractor, he is survived by his wife, Millie; daughter, Karen Rodrock; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.