Ward C. Stumpf Sr., 79, of New Milford, died July 18, 2010, at Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford. He was the widower of Edna G. (Meckley) Stumpf.

Mr. Stumpf was born April 13, 1931, in Big Run, Pa., son of the late Ward C. and Mary (Lomgnaker) Stumpf.

He attended Big Run schools and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Stumpf was employed as a machine operator for Bel Air Aircraft in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Berlin Plating Company in Punxsutawney, Pa., and treatment facility manager at Kimberly-Clark in New Milford. He retired after 25 years of service at the age of 55.

He was a member of the American Legion, Ezra Woods Post No. 31 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew B. Mygatt Post No. 1672, both in New Milford.

Mr. Stumpf was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved being with people.

Mr. Stumpf is survived by three daughters, Cassy Rawnsley, and her husband, Rob, of Sacramento, Calif., Anna Carlson, and her husband, Brad, of Sherman, and Valerie Lorimer, of New Milford; a son, Earl E. Stumpf, and his wife, Susan, of Bridgewater; two brothers, John Stumpf, of Big Run, and William Paul Stumpf, of New Milford; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Ward C. Stumpf Jr.; and six siblings.

A memorial service will be held July 30 at 1 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford. The family will receive friends at noon at the funeral home.

A reception will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road immediately following the service.

Burial will take place Aug. 1 in the Fair View Cemetery in Big Run.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW, 11 Avery Road, New Milford, CT 06776; to the American Legion, 377 Kent Road, New Milford, CT 0677; to the New Milford VNA Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776; or to the charity of one's choice.