Chet Alan Stumpf, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Overland Park, Kansas on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 surrounded by his family, due to complications from Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).
Chet was born on September 4, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up with his parents and sister in Independence, Missouri, graduating from Van Horn High School. Chet attended the University of Missouri where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Engineering. Following graduation, he started his career as a Civil Engineer at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City in May 1974 and dedicated almost 43 years working there. He spent most of those years in the structural department and worked on the design of power plants and projects across the country, holding a Professional Engineer license in 11 states. Throughout Chet’s tenure, Burns & McDonnell became a community to him and his family. He enjoyed his working relationships and developed friendships that extended well past their days of punching the timeclock. Chet retired in 2017 after a rewarding career and his accomplishments were admired and celebrated by many. His work ethic and loyalty were unmatched and those qualities extended to his personal life as well.
Chet married Connie Christensen on August 1, 1992, they had recently celebrated their 31st anniversary. They have twin daughters, Amy and Amanda, born in July 1993. Chet embraced the role of being a father to twin girls. He never missed a recital, sporting, or school event. Chet was a role model to the girls. They loved visiting him at work when they were younger and learned their love of numbers from him. Chet taught them many things from life lessons to hands-on DIY projects. Their values and knowledge from him will last a lifetime and help keep his memory alive.
Chet was a multi-sport athlete in high school and continued to remain involved in sports and staying active throughout his life, from coaching his daughter’s teams to playing on senior softball and basketball teams. Chet played softball every single year since college all the way up to 2018 when he finally had to retire from the game due to his MSA symptoms. We are so fortunate for the memories and lifelong friends we’ve made through Chet’s participation in softball.
Chet is survived by his wife, Connie (Christensen) Stumpf, daughters Amy and her husband Matt Rodgers of Fairway, KS, and Amanda Stumpf of Atlanta, GA and his beloved dog and granddogs. He also loved spending time with his many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Stumpf and Gloria Jeanne (Stumpf) Monaco, and sister, Vicki (Edward) Moffett.
Chet’s service will be Friday, October 20th at 11:00am in the Wesley Chapel at Resurrection Church. Please join us for a reception luncheon following the service to celebrate his life at Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park, KS from 12:00-2:00.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (www.mulitplesystematrophy.org) that funds research aimed at alleviating symptoms, slowing disease progression, and discovering a cure. They also raise awareness and advocate for those impacted by the disease. Chet fought a long, tough battle since his MSA diagnosis, but never complained. He was blessed to have a large support system including family, friends, and many home health caregivers and hospice nurses that helped keep him comfortable at home.