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Floyd Webster Stutzman, 74, of Alden, a retired engineer, died Thursday (Feb. 15, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after an illness of 10 weeks.

A Lancaster native, Stutzman was a graduate of Lancaster High School and a Marine Corps veteran. He attended Paul's Smith College and graduated from Clarkson University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Stutzman enjoyed a long and varied career in engineering, working for Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, American Machine & Foundry, Scott Aviation and Bell Aerospace.

During his time at Bell in the 1960s, he helped develop the rocket booster for Project Mercury, the nation's first series of manned space flights en route to the landing on the moon. He also worked on the Agena project, a rocket booster component of the Gemini manned space program used to teach early astronauts how to "dock" in space.

Stutzman was a lifelong member of Town Line Lutheran Church in Alden, served on its Church Council and the Organ Renovation Committee and was a church usher. He also was a member of the Bible Buddies, Adult Bible Class and Pairs & Spares.

Stutzman, who enjoyed classical music, also loved working with his hands, completing many home maintenance projects. He was considered a friend and benefactor of Town Line Nursery School, repairing toys and building playhouses.

He and the former Lois E. Primas were married for 44 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Nancy E. of Cooper City, Fla.; two sons, Paul A. of Lancaster and David H. of Akron; a sister, Dorothy Strong of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and two brothers, Charles of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and John of Lancaster.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Town Line Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden. Burial will be in Marilla Cemetery.


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