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Roger Stump Jr. Remembered as Father and Friend

The 24-year-old Perry Hall High School graduate died in a car accident on the Baltimore Beltway.

His friends called him "Roger That," a phrase that means someone hears or understands you. 

It was a fitting nickname for 24-year-old Roger Stump Jr., who died on June 3. The resident of Sparks Glencoe, who was raised in Perry Hall, was the victim of a in Towson.

"You could call him in the middle of the night and he would answer ... he would pick you up from anywhere," said Danielle Wiley, Stump's girlfriend of six months. "He was a great guy." 

Another friend, Jessica Duke, described him as the life of the party. "He was a lot of fun," Duke said.

But while he enjoyed spending time with his friends, Stump was also known as a hard worker and devoted father to his 4-year-old daughter, Alana. 

"He took on responsibility. He had a caring nature," said his mother, Shelly Gerner. "Since he had a daughter, he was willing to do whatever he had to do to support her." 

"He had her every weekend. He was not a part-time father," said his stepfather, Kip Gerner. "She loved him so much." 

Stump worked two jobs and had been saving money for a house and new car, Gerner said. He was a supervisor at a UPS processing plant and an employee at his stepfather's business, Baltimore Glassware Decorators

"He took his job seriously, meticulously, he took a lot of pride in what he did," Gerner said.   

Stump was also popular in the workplace. "He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to help," he added.  

Stump began working immediately after graduating from  in 2005.  He was an athlete during his teenage years, playing both soccer and basketball, his mother said. He also enjoyed playing guitar and taking care of animals, including pet snakes and rats. 

"He was a great kid—it's a tragedy," Stump's stepfather said. "But tragedies happen." 

Services were held for Stump at the . 

Buzz Beeler June 15, 2011 at 04:11 AM
My sincere condolences to the Stump family. I would like to ask is this the family of Mr. William Stump, who was an editor at the News American? He also was a great man whom I admired for his friendship and professionalism.

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