Thomas O. Stambaugh


Thomas O. Stambaugh, 83, of Defiance, died Friday at his residence.

He was born in Continental, Ohio, on June 26, 1929, the son of C.H. "Pete" and Marvel (Rice) Stambaugh. On October 30, 1971, he married Mary K.(Schorle) Stambaugh who survives in Defiance.

Survivors also include three sons, Brad Stambaugh, Key West, Fla., Thom (Lisa) Stambaugh, Unionville, Conn., Mark (Molly) Schaefer, Cincinnati, Ohio; four daughters, Kimberly (Darrell) Handy, Defiance, Ohio, Laurie Gross, Carmel, Ind., Patty (Tom) Taggart, Jacksonville, Fla. and Merideth (Richard) Bucher, Carlisle, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Smart, formerly of Defiance, currently Nashville, TN. Preceding him in death were his parents, and a brother-in-law Gene Smart.

Thomas graduated from Continental High School in 1947, Miami University of Ohio in 1951 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity Alpha Chapter at Miami University. Tom was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Bud Widmer's Rube Band and was elected to the post of Defiance City Auditor where he served for eight years. He was also a member of the Continental American Legion, Defiance VFW Post 3360 and Defiance Elks. Tom was the president of Standard Metal in Malinta and was a sales engineer in the steel fabrication industry for most of his professional life. He was an officer and board member of Auglaize and Kettering County Clubs, and loved both playing and watching the game of golf. He was an avid sports fan, loved crossword puzzles and most especially visiting with his children and grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating Tom's life will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Hanenkrath Clevenger Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 2 p.m.

The family requests memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers. Condolences may also be left at

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  • Dear Kaye and Family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Tom. Steve is good about keeping in touch with me and let me know. I'm sorry Dan and I will not be able to attend the service, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am blessed to have known you and Tom over the years and in a sense, been part of your family. Peace be with you. Jane

  • Dear Kaye and family, We only had the pleasure of knowing Tom for the past 4 years, while we all got away to St Augustine to escape the cold winters. He always had a good laugh when Tom was around. He was the life of our Friday night cocktail parties. We will never forget the fun he had with his Valentine presents. Not only did he enjoy life, he, always showed his love and devotion to Kaye and all his children and grandchildren. Tom will be sorely missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Kaye, you are in our thoughts and remember we love you. Hugs, Candie and Tom Cook