- Published: May 24, 2012
Gil Stempfly, a gentle man who was a husband, dad, son, cousin, nephew, friend, neighbor, Boy Scout, dog lover, volunteer, world traveler, “Keep Movin’” partner, Studebaker collector, covered bridge enthusiast, history buff, power boater, skier, AVA/OVA walker, Austrian hiker and resident of Yellow Springs died in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 12.
He was born of Swiss descent 77 years ago in Cincinnati, where he graduated from Withrow High School and the University of Cincinnati, earning a degree in business administration.
He served three years on active duty in Germany and 28 years in the Army Reserves. During that time, he graduated from Command and General Staff College with honors, and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He began his business career in marketing and sales in the automotive business with Pontiac and Chrysler Motor Divisions, followed by a 30-year career in the pulp and paper industry, which began at Bauer Brothers in Springfield.
Gil was married to Pat, his wife and life partner, for 50 years and four months. He was the proud father of two daughters, Sara Stempfly and Kimberly Bradley, and a son-in-law, Barry Bradley. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, Albert and Bertha Stempfly, and his beloved dog, Sam.
A celebration of Gil’s life will be held on Sunday, June 10, at the Glen Helen Auditorium, located at 405 Corry Street, 2–4 p.m. The service will begin at 2:30 p.m.
His urn will be placed in the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pilot Dogs, Inc. at 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215, to the Glen Helen Ecological Institute at 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. Condolences may be expressed at www.littletonandrue.com.