Charles H. "Charlie" Stamper, age 87, of Chandler, Arizona, a long time resident of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at his daughter's home in Chandler. Mr. Stamper was born in Hindman, Kentucky on January 28, 1930, to Hiram and Martha Kelley Stamper. Even as a young boy, Charlie loved music and learned to play fiddle by watching his dad play. He joined the Army as a young man and was sent to the Korean War. He was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, where he met his beloved wife, Akiko. Together, he and Akiko raised four children - three girls and a boy. Charlie was a good family man and provider; he worked nearly 40 years at Sears, Roebuck and Company. Upon his retirement, he built a home on Lake Barkley in Cadiz, where his extended family and grandkids would come and visit; in fact, two of his grandkids - Lacey and Skylar - routinely spent their summers growing up with Grandpa and Grandma, fishing, water skiing, gardening, playing music, and racing around in the golf cart. Charlie also loved a large garden and enjoyed working in it and watching it grow. In his retirement years, he devoted himself to "old time" country fiddling, teaching a whole new generation of bluegrass fiddlers. He also cut an album (with J.D. Wilkes) in his final years and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone, in which he was touted as a "Living Legend" Bluegrass Fiddler.
He is survived by: his wife of 67 years - Akiko Nishii Stamper, Chandler, Arizona; one son - Marvin Terry Stamper, Kuna, Idaho; two daughters - Carol Stamper, Chandler; and Patricia Stamper, Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren - Skylar, Lacey, Scott, John B., and Hayley; and one sister - Julianne Stamper Moore, Louisville, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by: his parents - Hiram and Martha Kelley Stamper; three brothers - Arthur, Matt, and Logan; two sisters - Mable and Sue; and one daughter - Jenette Stamper O'Brien.
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory, 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where the family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017. The funeral service will be at Goodwin Funeral Home and Crematory at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017. Burial with full military honors will be Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.