Louis C. Stidham, 87, of New Castle, passed away peacefully at home attended by his family on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 at Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware St., Olde New Castle. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. April 28, at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, Olde New Castle. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park.


Louis C. Stidham, 87, of New Castle, passed away peacefully at home attended by his family on Saturday, April 24, 2010. He was the husband of Ida Mae Cecil Stidham with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. He built his own home where he raised his family, just one street away from his boyhood home.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Louis was the son of the late Louis and Ellen Stidham. Upon his father’s passing, he went to work at American Manganese Steel to support his family. He retired after 46 years of service. In addition to being a steel moulder, he co-owned a poultry and egg business for many years. After retirement he mowed lawns to stay busy, finally retiring at age 85. With the help of his sons, he also built his family home at the beach . His entire family enjoyed spending time there together.

Hobbies included vegetable gardening, fishing, crabbing, muskrat trapping, hunting, watching the Phillies and Eagles and along with his wife he was a fixture for over 25 years at local softball games rarely missing their son Bill’s games. He shared his love of carpentry with his son Marky, working on many projects together. He enjoyed regular visits from his daughter Nan, where she shared her photography with him.

Lou loved everyone and was loved by all. Most people he met thought of him as a role model. His grandson Dr. Ryan Stidham came home from Michigan to take over care of Lou. A special Thank You to Ryan from his family.

In addition to his wife, Lou is survived by his children: Bill and wife Joy, Mark and wife Terry, Nan Ciuffetelli and husband Al; grandchildren: Ryan, Dana, Karla, Josh, Katie and Emily; great grandson: Anthony. He was preceded in death by siblings: Elsie, Olive and Robert.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27 at Gebhart Funeral Home, 531 Delaware St., Olde New Castle. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. April 28, at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, Olde New Castle.Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: DE Humane Assn., 701 A Street, Wilmington DE 19801.

Condolences may be made by visiting: www.griecocares.com