Edwin Humes Stinemeyer Jr.
1909 - 2006
Ed passed away at home March 30th after celebrating his 97th birthday with his family on Sunday. Ed was a most loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. His family adored him. He is an inspiration to us and many who knew him. He loved his life and all his associations. Ed was born in Canon City, Colorado and graduated from the Colorado School of mines with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1931. He mined zinc and gold in Colorado until coming to California in 1934 when he started working for Shell Oil in Long Beach. In 1937 he moved to Bakersfield. During his career with Shell, he progressed from laboratory assistant to division paleontologist, supervising the Bakersfield, Sacramento and Ventura labs in California and the Durango, Colorado and Farmington, New Mexico labs as technical supervisor. He served on the Shell Oil Task Force for developing an in-house paleontological data provessing system. After retiring in 1970 he consulted from his lab-office in the rear of his residence for 21 years. In 1992 Ed was honored by the Desk and Derrick Club of Bakersfield as "Oil Man of the Year". Ed worked in General George Patton's war room during WWII. He was in Luxumberg during the Battle of the Bulge. In November 1944 he became Senior War Room Officer, or officer-in-charge. Ed's team was responsible for plotting on maps the latest battle information, including the location of units and regiments, the position of enemy forces and the location of front lines and unit boundaries. Also plotted were supply depots, main routes, railroads and airfields. They worked round the clock in 12 hour shifts and as Patton moved into Germany, the team moved along with him. In January 1945 Ed was promoted to Major and served as Senior War Room Officer until V-E Day. During his tour his European Theater Ribbon picked up five battle stars for Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns. After V-E Day he was assigned to a unit with the responsibility of rebuilding industry and manufacturing. After the war Ed continued to serve in the Army Reserve. In the 1960's he joined the Navy League. He was also a member of the Military Officers Association and the Bakersfield Scottish Rite. Ed was an avid golfer and loved being a member of Stockdeale Country Club, which he joined in 1939. Ed was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church for 57 years. He and his wife, Connie, were married there in October 1948. Ed loved their membership in the Church. He is survived by his wife, Connie; three daughters, Christine of Colorado Springs, CO, Kathy and Ellen of Bakersfield; four grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Agnes of Littleton, CO. Our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped care for Ed, especially Dr. William Baker and his staff, Dr. Tommy Lee, Hoffmann Hospice and Alternative. Care. Those wishing to remember Ed could give a donation to St. Paul's Church, in lieu of flowers, MOA, or a charity of their choice. There will be a viewing at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Monday, April 3rd, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Services will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Parish on Tuesday, April 4th, at 11:00 a.m. Edwin Humes Stinemeyer Jr. Mar. 26, 1909 - Mar. 30, 2006 Legacy.com
Published in the Bakersfield Californian on 4/1/2006.
Constance Ellen Zabel Stinemeyer
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