Conrad Charles Stamm, 85, of Dumas, died Friday, July 27, 2018.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox in Dumas, Texas. Services will also be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, Illinois. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.
Conrad Charles Stamm was born on October 11, 1932 in a farm house in Monroe County, Illinois to Conrad H. and Lydia W. Stamm with one sister Audrey who was eight years older. His mom died when Conrad was only four so he was raised by his father and extended family. He grew up among German descendants who loved this land, hard work, good food, family and the Lord. They taught him by example the virtues of love, honesty, and being pleasant and dependable. His mom made his Dad promise that Conrad would go to church; he was confirmed Palm Sunday 1947 at St. John’s E & R church in St Louis. They moved eight times in the area when Conrad was young and he attended 3 schools including Elliot grade school three different times. His favorite books were “The Adventures of Robin Hood” , The Bible and “The History of the Roman Empire.” He excelled in basic math, geography and history. At Beaumont High School, Conrad belonged to the bowling club and became a manual pin setter in bowling alleys always working and saving. He took Charlene Bell out for ice cream and five months later they were married at St. Marcum Presbyterian church on January 19, 1952. He saved the same orange and blue tie to wear to meet her again. Conrad joined the Teamsters and was employed at Brown Shoe Company where he worked from 1952 until 1980 when they closed. He then started a Handy Man business and owned and operated a St. Louis Post Dispatch paper route from 1980 to 2003 as well as two rental properties. Conrad was care-giver for Charlene after a major stroke as well as for Rose Bell, Charlene’s mother, in her last years. During their 54 year marriage Charles and Charlene raised two daughters, Sharon and Deborah and enjoyed family, friends. trips and being active at Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church. Highlights included holidays, weekends at the Rock House, (a historical one room school house they bought from his Gp. and fixed up) the Teamster’s camp at Pevely, Mo.,vacations to Colorado, cruises to the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska, and Disney World. Conrad lived his last five years in Dumas, Texas with his daughter Debbie and her family. He was a member at Grace Thru Faith Fellowship. He was especially happy to fulfill a dream when he took history classes at Amarillo College. The students joked that he broke the curve because he aced all of his exams.
Conrad, Charles, Charlie, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, G-Pa – they all encompassed a kind man who never met a stranger and told stories as an elite member of history himself. He always wanted to be a history teacher and he would have been the best. People remember him for his great stories, incredible memory and sweet spirit. His family remembers him for his unconditional love, devotion and support. When asked what he would like to tell his family and future generations it was this. “ Believe in God and Jesus and whatever life deals you, He makes a better way. Don’t worry about the past and past mistakes and never hold a grudge – it only hurts you. Be honest with yourself, stand up for what you believe, be loyal to friends and family, be gentle in correction, strong in faith, and go to God for answers.” He said he was very happy, very blessed and proud of what became of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Stamm and a sister, Audrey.
He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Potter and husband John of St. Louis, Missouri and Deborah Simpson and husband Steve of Dumas; five grandchildren, Erica Grissom and husband Keith, Brianne Braudt and husband Jon, Benjamin Simpson and wife Heather, Morgan Simpson and wife Ashley, and Andreanna Simpson; and eleven great grandchildren, Grant and Lydia Grissom, Joah, Madilynn, Gage, and Kylan Braudt, Tyler, Eowyn, and Judson Simpson, and Charlotte Simpson.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 30, 2018.