Wood County assessor Steve Grimm knew Bennett Stump from childhood. He saw Stump guide the athletic talents of scores of youngsters, notably former Major League baseball player Steve Swisher.
"Benny thought of Steve Swisher as his own son. Steve set the table for others in terms of support, but it was the Benny Stumps who worked behind the scenes," remembers Grimm.
A lasting tribute to Benny Stump is in Parkersburg City Park, where he took part in a lot of his activities with youngsters. The park's ballfield is named for him.
Mayor Jimmy Colombo considers Stump a long-time friend. Like Grimm, he recalls he recalls Stump's heart always was with local youngsters.
"He worked for the entire area, including Marietta, and Belpre, and everything he did, he did for the youngsters," adds Mayor Colombo.
And that devotion never ended. He worked with the Annual Fishing Derby for Youngsters just last spring, and was on the Wood County Recreation Board until early this summer.
Services for Stump are being handling by Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.
Calling hours are set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, and Stump's funeral will be held Monday morning, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in sunset memory gardens.
Stump's family is requesting donations be sent to the Wood county Recreation Commission.