William Deland Stemples
Binghamton, N.Y. — William Deland Stemples, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Binghamton. Bill, as he was known, was born in Binghamton on Sept. 15, 1922, the only son of William Redfield Stemples and Melva Christine Stemples. In 1959, he married Harriette Cooley Osgood of Windsor, Vt.
Bill was an engineer, and from 1944 to 1950 he was involved with the development of jet engines for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the predecessor of NASA) at the Lewis Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. He then had a distinguished 27-year career at IBM in Endicott, N.Y.
Bill was a frequent summer visitor to the Windsor area during the years following his retirement and until the death in 1993 of his wife Harriette. Bill held an Amateur Radio license since 1960 as WA1WVS, formerly WA2KCP.
He is survived by his step-daughter, Jane Elizabeth Osgood and her husband, Ted Hilles of Windsor.
At Bill’s request, a private funeral service was held at Vestal Hills Cemetery, Vestal, N.Y.