ASHLAND — Walt “Roberts” Stampfli, 84, of rural Ashland, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday evening, May 17, 2011.
He was born in Cleveland on March 20, 1927, to the late Charles Alvin and Clara Louise (Pope) Stampfli. He was a graduate of Collinwood High School in Cleveland and attended Kent State University.
Walt began his radio announcer career in Newark in 1951. He then worked at radio stations in Elyria, Cleveland, Warren and Mansfield, before coming to Ashland in 1962 as an announcer for WMCO AM/FM where he enjoyed doing his morning show weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m. Walt became president and general manager of WNCO AM/FM. In 1989, he put Low Power TV Station W59BP, Ashland on the air. He then acquired WMVO-AM/WQIO-FM in Mount Vernon and later acquired stations in Galion, Loudonville and Fredericktown, and became the president and general manager of the Ashland Broadcasting Corp.
Walt was a community minded person. He attended the First United Methodist Church. He was active in Demolay and was past president of the Ashland County TB Association, The North Central Ohio Broadcasters Association, The Mansfield Playhouse, The Mansfield Little Theater and the Ashland Noon Lions. He had also served as a board member of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, The Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the Richland Economic Development Corp., the Ashland Downtown Revitalization Committee and the Ashland AAA Board. One of his proudest appointments was when he served as the Ohio District 11 Representative to the National Association of Broadcasters
He had served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer escort during World War II.
On March 17, 1973, he was married to Joan M. Hurd who survives him. He is also survived by one daughter, Sarah S. (C. Benjamin) Hoggard of rural Ashland; one son, Dean R. (Darla J.) Stampfli of Ontario; five grandchildren, Noah Stampfli, Jack Hoggard, Grace Stampfli, Samuel Hoggard and Isaac Stampfli. He is also survived by “The Old Timer.”
Walt was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Olsin; one brother, Charles Alvin Stampfli Jr.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dan Bilkert officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Ashland Veterans Honor Guard, will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home and also from 10 a.m. to the time of the service on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 220 Sandusky St., Ashland, OH 44805; or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805. For those not able to attend online expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by using http://www.dpkfh.com.