D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Dr. Herbert E. Stuelpe

December 15, 1937January 19, 2020

Dr. Herbert E. Stuelpe, 82 passed away Sunday January 19, 2020 in Leo, IN. He was born December 15, 1937, in Grenada, Mississippi to the late George W. and Mildred Stuelpe.

Herbert earned his Doctorate of Education from Indiana University. He was a lifelong educator who concluded his career as the Principal of Leo Jr./Sr. High School, Leo IN and retired in 1993. Herbert was a member of Leo American Legion Post and Leo United Methodist Church. Herbert was a professor, teacher, coach, mentor and friend. He was devoted to supporting the underdog. He is survived by his children Joseph (Rebecca) Stuelpe, Jenifer (Jeremiah) Gibbs, four grandsons; Charlie, Riley, Toby, and De’Avalon and a brother Walter (Judy) Stuelpe. Herbert was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Dr. Bonnie J. Stuelpe.

Funeral service will be held 12:00 pm Friday, January 24, 2020, with calling two hours prior from 10am-12pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN. Burial will follow the funeral service at Leo Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Isaac Hopper will officiate the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com



  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Calling Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020


  • Final Resting Place, Preferred Memorial


Dr. Herbert E. Stuelpe

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Mark e Hartman

January 27, 2020

I always enjoyed the company of your parents. I will miss them both greatly. You are all in my prayers.

Pat Miller

January 25, 2020

So sorry about Doc's passing. He was not only my asst. principal throughout my days at Leo Jr/Sr High School, he was also a neighbor and later in life a friend who I loved talking to and hear old stories from "back in the high school days" while drinking a cold beverage at the Leo Legion. He had some great stories as one could imagine. Doc will be deeply missed. Prayers, Joe, Jenifer and your entire family.

Rob Walters

January 24, 2020

He was a friend of mine and the principal I remember playing Euchre with him at lunch and remember the one time he had to discipline me I say one time because it work . he is a big reason that I liked High School my heart goes out to his family and friends

Richard Hartung

January 24, 2020

Joe and Jenifer sorry I was not able to attend your celebration of Herb's life. Life has a way of getting in the way.
Your dad was one of my greatest friends. He was born to be a principal. He had a radar that could find the truth in the biggest wave of deceit.
I especially appreciated the times we just sat and talked, sometime it was in a boat and sometimes over a cup of coffee. One of those times in a boat was when your mom and dad went with us to Canada. Joe this was your first trip outside the country. Your mom didn't especially enjoy the time but your dad enjoyed it. He caught his limit and mine that he reminded me several times.
A special time was when we had just lost our daughter. Herb called me up and we met at the Cedarville restaurant. His words meant so much to me.
He was very proud of both of you. When we talked we usually included times that he shared the good times you had and the times that you were facing problems. One of the things I remember is that even when he talked about your problems it was always with a confidence that both of you would successfully find a way. He believed in both of you.
May God bless you both and strengthen you through this day.

Randall Artherhults

January 22, 2020

Herb Stuelpe took a chance on me when he encouraged the Leo Jr./Sr. High School interview committee to hire me. They hired me (!), and under the tutelage of the greatest educational leader I ever knew, Dr. Stuelpe helped mold me into a teacher. He was a "guide on the side" to many, many teachers and students, and we all benefited from his leadership, his advice, his gentle correction, and his sense of humor. I am proud to have known him and called him friend. He was an artist in the molding of human beings in the classroom, and men like him are few and far between.

Linda Eubank

January 22, 2020

Herb was a teacher to my husband and the principal to our two children at Leo. He was always so caring & helpful. He then, years later, became a great friend that we so enjoyed being around. RIP Herb. Prayers to Joe & Jen and their families.

Tammy Pursley (Roberts)

January 22, 2020

Dr Stuelpe was my principal when I went to LHS he was a very nice and caring man sorry for your loss

Ruby Kerr (Hare)

January 22, 2020

He was my principal at Leo Jr/ Sr. High. He was a very kind hearted and funny person. So sorry for your loss.

John Glass

January 22, 2020

We were fellow pew-dwellers at LUMC and Herb was principal
at Leo as our kids passed through. He was highly regarded and
respected as a person and as an administrator. We shared values.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss.

Lori Osborn

January 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear the loss of your father. He was my principal in High School at Leo when I graduated in 1986. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.