William Stemshorn Obituary

William (Billus) Stemshorn, 74, of 319 Front St., died at 5:15 pm Monday in Portsmouth General Hospital.1

For many years Mr. Stemshorn was a widely-known Portsmouth shoeworker.

He was admitted to the hospital February 13th after he was found in his home with a gun wound in his temple. Relatives said he had been ill for some time.

Mr. Stemshorn, a son of the late Henry and Matilda Stemshorn, pioneer settlers of Portsmouth, was born in the former Stemshorn building at 319 Front Street. He was an employee of the Selby Show Company for many years.

Mr. Stemshorn was a catcher for the Navies baseball team when it played its games in Willow Park in the Scioto bottoms.

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Surviving are a son, Bud Stemshorn, an embalmer at Reisinger Funeral Home in Dayton, and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Oakley of Warsaw, Indiana.

Last rites are to be conducted at Glynn Funeral Home at 2 PM Thursday in charge of Reverend Dr. Carl J. Plummer. Internment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The body will be at the funeral home after 6 PM Wednesday.

  1. William Stemshorn. (1952, April 22). Portsmouth Times, p. 28.
  2. unknown, “Portsmouth Navies Baseball Team,” Local History Digital Collection, accessed July 9, 2020, https://www.yourppl.org/history/items/show/2864.