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John Edward Stumpff, 47, of Sterling was aboard a medevac helicopter that was conducting a transport mission and returning to Anchorage when it went down in the Alaskan Passage Canal on Dec. 3. John was a flight nurse with Alaska LifeGuard in Anchorage that performs rescue and medical transport through Providence Alaska Medical Center .
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Amos Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kan. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee.
John was born June 29, 1960, in Kansas City, Mo., to Edward J. and Mary Frances Stumpff. He attended St. Joseph Grade School in Shawnee and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1978.
After graduation, John enlisted in the Air Force, served four years, and was honorably discharged. After moving to Dover, N.H., he served as a firefighter emergency medical technician and cross-trained to become a paramedic. During more than 12 years with the department, John received several recognitions and honors for rescues, including that of Firefighter of the Year in 1994.
John moved to Florida and worked in Haines City as a firefighter, then pursued a nursing degree and worked as an emergency room nurse in Orlando and Titusville. He took a traveling nurse assignment to Nome, then worked for Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage in the emergency department. He received the opportunity to join the LifeGuard flight crew and recently transferred to the Soldotna base and moved to Sterling.
Survivors include his wife, Illiana Angie Roman; two daughters, Crystal and Bianca Roman-Stumpff; granddaughter, Selena Fester of Florida; mother, Mary Frances Stumpff of Kansas; and four sisters, Barbara Demesko of Ohio, Patricia Schroder of Pennsylvania, Deborah Crane of Alabama and Rebecca Novotny of Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the families are requesting that donations be made to the John Stumpff Memorial, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Emergency Department Pediatrics, 3200 Providence Drive, Anchorage 99508.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.
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