Malcolm Stoppelbein

March 3, 1923 - March 24, 2008
Malcolm Stoppelbein

Gifts & Memorial Donations

Malcolm G. Stoppelbein, Sr., 85, of Fletcher, NC, died Monday, March 24, 2008 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock.

Born in Thunderbolt, GA, he was the son of the late Lorenze Echord and Mabel Toomer Stoppelbein. He was also preceded in death by his son, Malcolm Stoppelbein, Jr., three brothers, and two sisters.

He was a WW II veteran, having served in the US Navy. Before retiring in 1985, he was Vice President of Distribution in the Industrial Gases Industry. He had resided in Henderson County for 22 years and was a former First Responder with the Bat Cave Volunteer Fire Department. In honor of his late son, Malcolm Jr., he was a frequent platelet donor at the American Red Cross in Asheville, donating over 70 gallons of platelets. He loved birdwatching, music and his family. He and his wife would have celebrated their 67th anniversary May 20, 2008.

He is survived by his loving wife, Irene S. Stoppelbein of Fletcher; son, Kenneth Stoppelbein and wife, Joyce, of Greer, SC; two daughters, Karen Rigling and husband, Chris, of Hendersonville, and Rena Stoppelbein and husband, Dick Canal, of Bat Cave; daughter-in-law, Judy Stoppelbein of Birmingham, AL; sister, Myrtle Pryor of Universal Healthcare in Fletcher; five grandchildren, Amie Stephens, Laura Stoppelbein, Natalie Stoppelbein, Renny Bessler, and Adam Canal; three great-grandchildren, K.J., Alex and Colby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Monday, March 31, 2008 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home with the Reverend Jane McKown officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14. Burial will be at 2 PM Monday at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends from 4 – 5:30 PM Sunday at Shuler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Monday, March 31, 2008
12:00 AM

Kirby Memorial Chapel - Directions
125 Orrs Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Monday, March 31, 2008
12:00 AM

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery - Directions
962 Old US 70 Hwy. West
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Purchase Flowers

Subscribe to this Obituary

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Tribute Wall

Please feel free to sign the guestbook or share a memory

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • March 31, 2008
    Wayne & Jan Stoppelbein says:
    We are saddened by Uncle Malcolm's passing. He was such a delight to visit with. His laugh was infectious. He is fondly remembered.

  • March 30, 2008
    SGM John A. Ohmer says:
    Ken, Joyce and I send our deepest felt sympthoy for the loss of your father. Our prayers and thoughts go with you. John and Joyce Ohmer Severn, Maryland.

  • March 30, 2008
    Kathy & Jan Ozolins says:
    Dear Stoppenbein family: Our hearts and prayers are with you at this most trying time. It appears from Malcolm's bio that he was a generous and honorable man -- giving to his country and to his fellow man. We are sure he will be greatly missed by your family and the people he touched along the way. Fondly, Kathy & Jan (friends and neighbors of Ken and Joyce)

  • March 30, 2008
    Jan Collins says:
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The ascension of one we love can be so bittersweet; our earthly loss so painful in our hearts in stark contrast to the gladness that the angels welcome him and that you have another angel now to watch over you here. Love and Light ~ Jan Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. ~Kahlil Gibran

  • March 29, 2008
    Dear Irene, Ken, Joyce & family: We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Know that Malcolm is at peace and there will be no more suffering. We love you all.