John “Phil” Stoodt

January 10, 1931 ‒ February 05, 2017

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Detailed and organized, Phil Stoodt never stopped learning the history of Richland County.  His postcards of local towns, specifically Mansfield, Bellville and Butler have been used in historical publications, and his postcard collection has reached into the thousands. A collector who loved history and his family, John “Phil” Stoodt, 86, of Ontario passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital following an extended illness.

The son of George H. and Helen (Steel) Stoodt, Phil was born January 10, 1931 in Mansfield.  He graduated from Bellville High School in 1949 where he was a member of the varsity football team.

Phil served in the Air Force and was honorably discharged.  A lifetime educator, Phil graduated from Ohio University earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education.  For 52 years Phil worked for Mansfield City Schools.  First as a history teacher, he also worked in administration and as a GED Test Examiner.

Phil was a lifetime member of the Bellville Historical Society.  He loved cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians.  A supportive father and grandfather, Phil was always his family’s biggest fan.  Someone who shied away from the limelight, Phil will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Linda L. Stoodt of Ontario; children Linda L. Stoodt Neu of Cincinnati and her son Kyle; daughter Susan H. Stoodt Price and her husband Jerry of Richmond, Virginia and their children Sarah, Matthew, and Andrew; son Michael A. Strohminger of Mansfield; daughter Amy L. Strohminger Kitts and her husband Mike of Mansfield and their children Katy Crawford Lang and her husband Rob, Laura M. Kitts and her fiancée Brandon Koster, and Michael R. Kitts; great grandchildren James and Ellorie Lang; brother Horace Stoodt; sister-in-law Marge Stoodt; mother-in-law Velma L. Carpenter; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother George Stoodt, sister-in-law Alice Stoodt, and father-in-law Elery Carpenter.

Phil’s family will receive friends Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his memorial service will be Thursday at 1 pm.  Pastor Tim Davis will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Bellville Historical Society may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Dear Linda

    Joanne and I are vacationing in Florida and we’re unable to visit you on Wed. I do want to send condolences and to tell you that you are in our prayers. Phil was a good man and enjoyable to be around he helped so many people, he’ll be remembered well.

    Joe and Joanne Mudra

  • Linda and family, please accept our condolences on Phil’s passing! I always enjoyed talking to him! Mel and Linda Mishey

  • Linda and family,
    I am so sad to hear of Phil’s passing. However, I do have many fond memories of my days as part of Adult Education at W. 5th St. I always admired how meticulous Phil was with his facts and figures. I knew that if I had a question, he had an answer. I also got a kick out of seeing a grin emerge from that no-nonsense exterior when he was amused.

    Mary Heister

  • Linda, I must start with complimenting you for bringing out the fun side of Phil and keeping our family closer with the monthly eating at V & M. Yes, Phil provided me with the very things of interest to me-the postcards and family info & pictures.
    My memories go back to the little boy who visited with his family during my lonely times on the farm while George was in service in WWII. He was part of a close-knit family and it carried over to all his own.
    My deepest sympathy to all the family, including his beloved daughters and step children he made his own..
    In loving memory,