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Donald E. Stump, 51, Waverly, Alabama, and formerly of Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana, died Friday, July 14, at home.
Don was born Nov. 15, 1965, in Elkhart, to Jack E. and Katherine M. (Miller) Stump.
On Aug. 20, 2005, he married Lori L. Johnson. She survives.
He is also survived by his son, Zach A. Stump, Goshen; stepsons, Michael Watters, Bryan Riggs and Christopher Riggs, all of Goshen; parents, Jack E. and Katherine M. Stump, Elkhart; brother, Christopher L. Stump, Elkhart; and two stepgrandchildren, Skiila and Avery Riggs. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Don graduated from Elkhart Baptist High School and the Elkhart Area Career Center.
He enjoyed scuba diving, horses and motorcycles. During his high school years, he was a member of the soccer team.
An avid Chicago Bears fan, Don could fix anything.
He was employed with the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department from 1989 until 2006 and later worked at Jayco for three years. Don also owned Gunpowder and Lead Arms. After relocating, he moved operations for Gunpowder and Lead Arms to Alabama and also ran the horse stables for RCM Farms.
Don was also very active in and a coleader for a spiritual organization called Marked Men.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart, and from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service, Thursday, July 20, at the funeral home. The Rev. Tom Short of Elkhart East Christian Church will officiate.
Graveside services will take place Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Etna Township Cemetery in Etna Green, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
Published on  July 17, 2017
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