Ernest S. (Ernie) Stoops, 90, of Westfield, formerly of Sheridan, passed away Dec. 17, 2017.

He was born July 19, 1927 near Sheridan, to the late John Walker and Zula (Price) Stoops.

He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1945 and Purdue University (Aero) in 1949. He received a commission as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Air Force Reserves upon graduation and served during the Korean War. He attended additional courses at LACC, UCLA, Penn State, Ohio State, and George Washington University, as well as company sponsored courses.

Mr. Stoops married Dorothy Elizabeth Thompson in 1953, she survives.

Mr. Stoops worked as an Aero Engineer at Douglas, Northrop, USAF (ARDC), and North American-Rockwell-Boeing, retiring in 1988. After retiring he worked part-time at Rockwell and for the Army (MICOM) for 15 years.

Programs of special interest that Mr. Stoops worked with were the development of the Douglas Skyray and Skyhawk, the Northrop XQ-4 Drone, the NAA Vigilante, and the Rockwell HELLFIRE Launcher. He was the first chairman of the AIAA Working Group for Simulation, wrote and presented technical papers for symposia and briefed SAFT, Army, Navy, Marine, and IDA personnel regarding HELLFIRE and other military programs.

He enjoyed softball, pitching for Plant Championship teams at Douglas and NAA. Mr. Stoops liked golf, woodworking, camping, fishing and most sports. He taught a course in genealogy, was active in his church, volunteered and drove people to doctors’ appointments as well as delivered meals. He also mentored students and was a “Remote Science Advisor” from GA for some elementary schools in IN. He wrote two books and assisted in another by his son. He aided Rockwell recruiting at Purdue, Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio State University.

Mr. and Mrs. Stoops, moved from California to Ohio to Georgia to Indiana during the course of their 64 years of marriage. He and Dorothy were known in each of their neighborhoods as kind and giving people. Mr. and Mrs. Stoops modeled the celebration of everything possible – hosting impromptu family parties “just because” it is important to celebrate life and family. He was constant in sharing his love with his wife and children. His legacy to his children and grandchildren, neighbors and friends is that each of us can do or be whatever we set our mind to be. As of the date of his death, Mr. Stoops was √8100 years old. He never found a great story he couldn’t tell endearing him to all of us. He will be missed by all the people whose lives he touched. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield.

Survivors include a son, Stephen (Jessica) Stoops of Virginia; and daughters, Linda (Frank) Hunt of Georgia, and Lori (Scott) Storer of Indiana; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; sisters Jeanette M. Stoops of Fishers and Vera (Stan) Shew of Clinton.

A Celebration of Life with Military Honors is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 at Sanders Glen Retirement Community, 334 South Cherry St., Westfield, with visitation scheduled from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service. Chaplain Joel Flowers will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be presented to either : the Sanders Glen Assisted Living, 334 South Cherry St., Westfield, IN  46074, Attn:  Sue Hamaker, or to the Sheridan High School Scholarship Program, via https://www.cicf.org/donors/give-now/existing-fund/.

Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan has been entrusted with the arrangements.