Gerald M. Stambach, 59, a former executive secretary and general manager for the Bradley Lumber Co. in Silver Spring, died Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a long illness.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Stambach graduated from the Chilliotchie Business College and joined the army in 1938. He served during World War II as a field commander in the 1st Armored Division in North Africa, where he was wounded and forced to return to the United States.

Mr. Stambach spent three years recovering at Walter Reed, and then joined the Washington National Insurance Co. as a field supervisor. In 1956 he moved to the Bradley Lumbar Co., where he worked until his retirement several years ago.

Mr. Stambach was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, of the Disabled American Veterans, and belonged to the United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor, of the home in Silver Spring* three sons by a previous marriage, Gerald H., Steven, and Dennis Stambach, all of Wheaton; brothers Max E. Stambach, of Kansas City, Mo., Joe Dennis Jr., of Perkersburgh, lowa, John Dennis of Buckner, Mo., and Jack Dennis, of Kansas City, Mo; sister Marguerite Brock, of Chilliotchie, Mo.; and two grandchildren.

The family asks that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Salvation Army.