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Donald Dean Stomm

June 15, 1935 ~ July 3, 2020 (age 85)


Avilla - Donald Dean Stomm, 85, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Avilla on Friday, July 3, 2020.

Don was born to Voyd & Iva Stomm in Kendallville on July 15, 1935.  He was the youngest of 5 siblings all of which have preceded him in death. 

He had an entrepreneur’s spirit with a quick joke and a story to tell.   He always had a smile on his face with an antidote for any situation.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force and was never afraid to tackle new & exciting ventures.  He taught at the Area Vocational Center in Phoenix, Arizona for several years and helped prepare his students for careers in the plumbing industry.  More recently, he was an advisor at the Impact Institute in Kendallville. 

He lived a full and adventurous life as a teacher and a real-estate agent.  He spent his retirement building wood projects and traveling the states.  He enjoyed visiting with everyone and had a strong and close relationship with his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.      

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sharon (Pennington) Stomm, of 57 years.  He is also survived by 3 children:  Dan (Joy) Stomm, Anchorage, AK –  Rhonda (Bill) Carey, Loveland, CO – Cheryl McAnally, Loveland, CO and 3 stepchildren who he raised & considered his own:  Shar Berning, Fort Wayne, IN – Mike (Dee) Golden, Sun City, AZ – Todd Golden, Cromwell, IN.   “Grandpa Stomm” had numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren. 

He will be laid to rest in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Auburn.  A Celebration of Life Service held at a later date for his friends and family.  To leave an online condolence or sign the online guestbook, visit  Arrangements by Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla.

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