Ellsworth H. “Ted” Stumbo, age 90, of Harold, KY., husband of Marlene Smith Stumbo, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the East Kentucky Veterans Center, Hazard, KY. He was born March 9, 1922 in Betsy Layne, KY., a son of the late John M. and Della Hopkins Stumbo.
He attended Harold Elementary, Betsy Layne High School, Lees College and the University of Kentucky. He was a radio operator for a B 17 Bomber in the Army Air Force before it became the Air Force. He was stationed in England and was shot down over Germany and was a Prisoner of War.
He was a former State Representative in the early 1950s. Ted was instrumental in starting the Sandy Valley Water District by lobbing in Washington, for the funding to get it started and served on its board for years. Ted served as the first state commander for the ex Prisoners of War. He also served as State Commander for VFW and DAV and was instrumental in starting the Betsy Layne Chapter of the DAV, he also served on the board of the Big Sandy ADD and worked with the AARP- Drivers Course.
Ted was a self employed business man running several businesses including a service station, a parts house, a construction company and freight lines. In his younger years he also sold cars and taught school.
Ted resided in Harold, then retired to Tavares, FL. He spent the last three years at the VA Nursing Home in Hazard, KY.
He is survived by his wife Marlene, two daughters; Mary Ellen Stumbo, Lexington, KY., and Suzanne Stumbo, Ivel, KY., one son; Keith Stumbo, wife Karen, Harold, KY., and two granddaughters; Kaitlynn and Mikayla Stumbo, 18 nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by two sisters; Mildred Kendrick and Peggy Johnston three brothers; Bill Stumbo, Johh M. Stumbo II and Clayton Stumbo.
Funeral service for Ted Stumbo will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, KY., with Doug Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, Ivel, KY., visitation is after 6 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday with Masonic Service Tuesday at 7 p.m. Hall Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.