Bob “Rummy” Rumberger was born the youngest of three children to J. Walter and Florence Rumberger. He was raised in many small towns located along the C.P. Railroad, where his father worked. Bob followed in his dad’s footsteps and also briefly worked for C.P.R. when he finished high school. After attending a tech school in Saskatoon, Bob settled in Naicam, SK. where he owned and ran a barbershop/pool hall. When his father died, his mother came to live with him in Naicam until her death. Following this loss, Bob returned to Saskatoon to work in a men’s wear store. This led him to relocate to Stettler and open his own men’s wear store, “Rummy’s.” One year later, he fell in love with Sheena Sawers whom he married in 1961. This decade proved to be busy with the birth of four daughters and a return to barbering. He continued with this until facing his first battle with cancer in 1980. During the many treatments that followed, he started working summers as the grounds superintendent at the Stettler Golf Course. The years from then till now were filled with making memories of graduations, weddings, retirement and the addition of son-in-laws and the arrival of nine grandchildren, all of whom gave him some of his happiest moments. He continued to curl and golf as long as possible. Throughout his life, Bob was an avid sportsman who received awards and recognition for his many achievements. He shared a gamut of interests; playing hockey, curling, baseball, fishing, hunting, woodworking, berry picking and making jelly, baking bread and cheering on his Roughriders with pride. He especially loved to hold babies and study their faces or to sit on the deck and watch his garden grow. He truly was a nurturer of his home, garden, friendships and family.
Bob passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Missed and remembered by his wife Sheena; daughters: Maureen (Ed McKay), Lynn Mailer, Lori (Nick Kaeser), Barbara (Michael Saroka); grandchildren: Matthew, Lucas, Amy and Erin (Mailer), Myles and Connor (McKay), Sawer, Anne and Beth (Kaeser); brother Don (Ollie) Rumberger; brother and sisters-in-law Jim (Ella May) Sawers and Jesse Sather. All of his many cousins, nieces, nephews and their children, as well as, the best friends a man could ask for.
Predeceased by his parents Walter and Florence Rumberger; sister Charlotte Urton (Percy Coates and Dick Urton); mother in law Ann Sawers; nephew Ron Coates; great niece Carmel Urton; and brothers and sister-in-law Stan Sawers and Rob (Margaret) Sawers.
Funeral services were held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home on Thursday, April 24, 2014 with Jan Richardson of Stettler United Church officiating. Organist Doug McKay presented his gift of music; Larry and Barbara Dawson and Bob’s family all gave loving tributes. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the Stettler United Church Women. Memorial donations may be made to Kids Sport or SHSF – Palliative Care. Condolences may be viewed or sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com
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