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Clifford A. Stumm, civil engineer, decorated WWII veteran

Feb. 13, 1923 – March 24, 2013

Clifford A. Stumm of East Amherst, a retired civil engineer, contractor and decorated World War II veteran, died March 24 in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster. He was 90.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1939 graduate of McKinley High School and joined the 106th field artillery unit of the New York National Guard in 1940. Mr. Stumm completed Officer Candidate School and in 1943 he began serving in the Army as a second lieutenant during World War II. He served three years with the 42nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Army Division, and rose to the rank of captain. He was seriously wounded during the D-Day invasion of Normandy at Utah Beach, for which he was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.

Mr. Stumm’s name is inscribed on the Wall of Liberty in Normandy, France, honoring the many servicemen who took part in the liberation of Europe.

After his military service, Mr. Stumm began a career in heavy construction with McLain Construction and earned his professional engineering license in 1956. He started his own general contracting business, Western Construction Corp., in 1963. Mr. Stumm’s company specialized in pile-driving, bridge construction, steel and pre-engineered building erection, concrete and heavy construction throughout Western New York. He continued to operate his business until 1993, after which he began consulting work.

Mr. Stumm was a 32nd- degree Mason with Tonawanda Lodge 247 and a member of Ismailia Shrine Temple for more than 50 years. He also was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose and the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Wilson; two sons, Rodney C. and Curt W.; and a brother, Wayne C.

A private funeral service will be held.

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