Anthony “Tony” John Stempien, 86 of Quincy passed away Monday February 1, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.
In following his wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will have a graveside memorial service at Lester Cemetery. The family was cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home.
Anthony was born March 25, 1934 to Joseph and Helen (Koper) Stempien in Wayne County. He attended Montgomery High School, before enlisting in the Marine Corp, proudly serving his country during the Korean War from 1950-1951 with the 45 Rocket Battalion. When he came home, he met and married the love of his life Carolyn Hall on June 19th, 1954.
Tony was a hardworking man starting out barbering with his uncle & cousin in Coldwater before starting his own business, the Cadet Barber Shop in Coldwater. He later switched to working in the trucking business starting out at ATL in Coldwater and then on the Consolidated Freight in Fremont, where he retired from in 1995. Tony had many interests including hunting and fishing. He had a love/hate relationship with golf. Tony had a passion for gardening and loved trying new techniques of growing with his tomato plants.
Tony is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carolyn Stempien of Quincy; his children Kelli (Dan) Richards of Quincy, Karen (Lee) Swift of Bronson, Kimberly Stempien of Winston Salem, NC, Kevin Stempien of Quincy, and Alisia Poehlman of Escanaba; his grandchildren Leigh Anne (Chad) Fitzpatrick, David (Amber) Richards, Chris (Kelly) Swift, Emily Swift, Sarah (Nick) Shufflin, Adam (Sierra) Stempien; great grandchildren Oliver, Mavis, and Eliza Fitzpatrick, Evelyn Stempien, Raegan, Remington, and Riddick Shufflin, Gwen, Davin, Hailey, Cali, and Maddox Richards, Marley and Koper Peohlman, and Lilith Stempien; his brothers Charles Stempien, Robert (Carol) Stempien, and David (Paulette) Stempien; his sister Patricia Crow and his sister-in-laws Linda and Lee Stempien. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings Richard (Veronica) Stempien, Ronald (Eva) Stempien, William Stempien, Delores (Robert) Linton, Leonard Stempien, Joseph (Mary) Stempien; and his sister-in-law Sherry Stempien.
Memorials may be directed to the Branch County Veteran’s Affairs. www.dutcherfh.com