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John Harvey Stumpf
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Obituary for John Harvey Stumpf

John Harvey Stumpf of Hewitt, Texas, passed away at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center on January 31, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 5, at The First Baptist Church of Waco. Dr. Matt Snowden will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 4, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

He was born on February 13, 1953, to Harveylouis and Florine Stumpf. He grew up in Valmeyer, Illinois. John attended University of Illinois where he earned a BS in Agriculture in 1978 and went to work for Monsanto. He transferred to Texas and decided to pursue his masters in microbiology at Baylor University. He met Lauren Sue Leggett in the singles department at The First Baptist Church of Waco. They married on May 24, 1986 in the sanctuary. They have remained active members of the church ever since. Their daughter, Kristin Michelle Stumpf, is currently a senior at Baylor University and is following in her father’s footsteps by studying biology.

John worked for several food companies before starting his own business, Biological Research Services. He has been operating his company for over twenty years. He was an avid beekeeper all his life, starting with his first hive before he was a teenager. He contributed articles to the Texas Beekeepers Newsletter and held several offices in the Heart of Texas Beekeepers Association.

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and attending Baylor sports. He loved volunteering in many areas at The First Baptist Church of Waco and helped his wife with the television ministry for over thirty years. John loved good music and enjoyed playing his guitar, saxophone, harmonica and piano.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Florine; and his father-in-law, Ray Leggett.

He is survived by his wife, Lauren; daughter, Kristin; two brothers, Alan Stumpf and wife, Norine, and Fred Stumpf and wife, Chris; sister, Ida Boyle-Bruch and husband, Henry; mother-in-law, Jean Leggett; brother-in-law, Ray Leggett III and wife, Lynn; uncle-in-law, Jerry Anderson and wife, Beth: nephews and nieces, Ray Leggett IV, Terri Spencer and husband, Aaron, Kay Foote and husband, Nathaniel, Sam Stumpf and wife, Stephanie, Ross Stumpf and wife, Kailyn, Anne Stumpf, Nathan Stumpf, Taylor Stumpf, Spencer Stumpf; and a larger extended family.

Pallbearers for Mr. Stumpf will be Fred Stumpf, Nathan Stumpf, Alan Stumpf, Henry Bruch, Larry Weil and Don Ramsey.

Memorial contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Waco or to the donor’s choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at

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First Baptist Church of Waco

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Waco, TX 76706

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Oakwood Cemetery

2124 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76706


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