Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX


Bernard E. Stumfoll

April 4, 1925June 4, 2018

Bernard E. “Bernie” Stumfoll, 93, of Victoria passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018. He was born in Chicopee, Kansas on April 4, 1925 to Edward and Frances Mertz Stumfoll. Bernie was the founder of Bernie’s Boats and Motors in 1957, but prior to that endeavor he was a partner in the 5-Point Texaco between 1946-1950. In 1950 he opened Bernie’s Sinclair until 1957 along with the opening of Chris-Craft Kit Boat Builder in 1952, the first in South Texas. Bernie was also involved in ranching. He was very active in the community serving as president of the Victoria Jaycees (1955-56), past president of the Mid-Coastal Sportman Club and past president of the Texas Boating Trade Association. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Koehl Stumfoll, of Victoria; daughters, Shirley Jean (Rance) Wilson of Pleasanton, Mary Ellen Stumfoll of Victoria; son, Dennis (Barbara) Stumfoll of Victoria; sister, Loretta Lawrence of Victoria; five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 6-8 pm. Graveside services will be at 10 am on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Bernie proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy so full military honors under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council will be conducted at the graveside. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Allen Stumfoll, Dub Wilkinson, Ted Love, Chad Koehl, Rance Wilson, Shannon Pilat, Brandon Lala, Edward Koehl and Dr. Larry Riedel. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 106 N. DeLeon, Victoria, TX 77901, Hospice of South Texas Dornburg Center of Compassion, 1005 Mallette Drive, Victoria, TX 77904 or charity of donor’s choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.


  • Edward Stumfoll, Father (deceased)
  • Frances Mertz Stumfoll, Mother (deceased)
  • Joyce Koehl Stumfoll, Wife
  • Shirley Jean (Rance) Wilson, Daughter
  • Mary Ellen Helton, Daughter
  • Dennis (Barbara) Stumfoll, Son
  • Loretta Lawrence, Sister
  • Bernie is also survived by five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

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  • Mark Allen Stumfoll, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dub Wilkinson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ted Love, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chad Koehl, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rance Wilson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shannon Pilat, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Lala, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Edward Koehl, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Larry Riedel, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Hospice of South Texas Dornburg Center of Compassion


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 9, 2018

  • Graveside services

    Monday, June 11, 2018


Bernard E. Stumfoll

have a memory or condolence to add?

A. Jeannine Atzenhoffer

June 17, 2018

Bernie was a Victoria fixture, an icon, everyone knew him! We were all blessed to have him for 93 yrs in Victoria! My heartfelt sympathy to his family. Rest peacefully, Mr. Stumfoll. You have earned it!

Diann and Dave Marlow

June 12, 2018

Our prayers and sympathies to the family may Bernie rest in peace.

Diann and Dave Marlow

June 12, 2018

Our prayers and deepest sympathies to the family. May Bernie rest in peace.

Muriel Cullen Argen

June 12, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Joyce and family. I shared many good times with you and Bernie

Barbara Gillig-Yanta

June 11, 2018

What a wonderful Life. Walter and I thought so much of him whether in Jaycees Mid Coastal Sportsmen or any of the numerous places he touched our lives. He will be missed!

Ernie Miller

June 11, 2018

So sorry to hear of Bernie's passing. I've always had a great respect for Bernie especially after he offered me a job at the boat shop. At that time boating and water activities were my favorite things. He was a great boss and I really enjoyed working there until the military called me. I passed by the shop the other day and wondered how he was doing since I had not seen him in years. Anyway I want to express my sympathy to the family.

Ernie Miller

Carolyn Vogt

June 10, 2018

I want to extend my sincere sympathy to all of the Stumfoll family for the loss of Bernie. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of time spent with Bernie and his family throughout my childhood and I know he will be missed.

B E Leissner

June 9, 2018

So sorry to learn of your loss. I would like to attend but am not physically able. My best to the family B E

Gorman Prince Jr.

June 9, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You and I met once in the early 1960s, over the telephone by accident - back when phone lines could be crossed. I rode my bike over to you house to met you in person. My Dad owned Prince Machine & Welding at that time. I now live close to Sugar Land.

I don't recall if I ever met you Dad or not, but am sure that my Dad knew him and just wanted to express my condolences to you and your family.

Gorman (Bill) Prince, Jr.

Muriel Cullen Argen

June 8, 2018

My dear Joyce and family,
How very sad I was to see Bernie’s picture in the obituary column. He was a dear friend of many years...service station, Jaycees, boat dealership. His smile and warm hug always brightened my day.
I regret that I am unable to attend his service as I now live in Hilton Head , SC but know all the Stumfoll’s will be in my prayers and forever in my memory.
RIP Bernie
Muriel Cullen Argen


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