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David Lewis Stemm

Monday, January 2, 2012

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David Lewis Stemm, 61, Brazil, passed away at Regional Hospital Dec. 31, 2011, following a lengthy illness.

David was born in Zanesville, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1950. He graduated from Zanesville High School.

David married Kathy Morrow Stemm May 25, 1973. He and Kathy moved to Clay County in 1974. Here, David worked for the Clay Community School Corporation, Abel's IGA and Austin Periodicals.

David was an avid reader to say the least ... his yearning for knowledge led him to read many books each week.

He also enjoyed watching ISU basketball, especially the "good ole days of Larry Bird," which he followed Larry through to the Boston Celtics. David also enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts, working outside and spending time with his grandchildren.

David attended Epworth and First Church of the Nazarene and was a member of El-Shaddai Emmaus Walk 4 and Clay County Mental Health Association. He also coached pee wee and minor league baseball and CYL football. David and Kathy served as foster parents for nearly 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tricia Stemm Goldsberry and sister Kathy Curtis.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years Kathy Morrow Stemm, children Michelle Ellis (Tad), Knoxville, Tenn., Mark Stemm (Sarah), Terre Haute, Todd Stemm (Micah), Brazil, Margie Janeway (Josh), Vincennes, Harry Stemm (Christy), Brazil, and Caitlin Stemm, Brazil, grandchildren Jeffrey Girton, Tricia Lovett Mayerhofer (Lance), Cassie Stemm, Avery Loughmiller, Amy Stemm, Ethan Stemm, Wyatt Goldsberry and Carsyn Stemm, son-in-law Shawn Goldsberry, sister Mary Ann Hofmann, Brazil, brother John Shipley (Maxine), Florida, sister-in-law Pat Heffner (Ray), Brazil, brothers-in-law Kirby Morrow (Melissa), North Carolina, and Jay Morrow (Ann), Grove City, Ohio, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be at French Funeral Home, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Gary Bechtel officiating. Burial will follow at Poplar Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shop With A Cop, 22 S. Washington St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.

Visit www.frenchfuneral-home.com to light a candle in his memory.