Evelyn I. Stammen, 87, of Bluffton and a former Fort Recovery resident, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 11, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Evelyn was born Dec. 22, 1931, to John “Jack” and Edith Bowman Arnold. She lived in Jay and Wells counties most of her life, graduated from Bluffton High School in 1949, and sang in the Bluffton Glee Club. Evelyn worked at Franklin Electric and as a nurse’s aide at the Caylor-Nickel Clinic. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting and singing and taking care of her birds.

Evelyn married Gerald J. Stammen Sr. March 29, 1974, in Wells County and he preceded her in death Dec. 24, 2007.

Survivors include her children, John Stammen of Bluffton, Jessica (Randy) Smith of Greenville, Ohio, Lena (Todd) Cleeves of Van Wert, Ohio, Gerald (Michelle) Stammen Jr. of Fort Recovery, Ohio; along with 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Lyons of Roanoke and Phyllis (Harold) Harness of Plum Tree.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sons, Richard and James Johnson; along with two brothers, Larry and Bill Arnold.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton and for one hour prior to the service. A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton with Rev. Lyle Breeding officiating. Burial will take place at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. 

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com