Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Donald E. Gumm, 75, a resident of Shriner Lake near Columbia City and a former resident of Churubusco, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2011.
Mr. Gumm was born in Salem, Indiana on April 12, 1936, a son of Bleve J. and Katherine (Seals) Gumm. On April 8, 1955 he was married in Hamilton, Ohio to Shirley J. Kent. The couple had spent most of their married lives in this area, and moved from Churubusco to their present lake home in 1996.
He retired from Food Marketing in Fort Wayne after over 30 years of service. He was a member and past master of Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne, Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, Whitley County Shrine Club, Columbia City Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Loyal Order of Moose in Warsaw.
Following his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed wintering in Nokomis, Florida, and in his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and landscaping. Above all else, he loved and cherished his family.
Mrs. Gumm preceded him in death one month ago on July 5, 2011.
The surviving relatives include his daughter Donna ReNa Vanderkolk of Fort Wayne; two grandsons Tim (Ania) Vanderkolk of Fort Mill, S. C., and Kevin (Colleen) Vanderkolk of Oconomowoc, Wisc; four great-grandchildren, and expecting a fifth; two brothers James (Bev) Gumm of Woodburn and John (Vicki) Gumm of Hamilton, Ohio; five sisters Delia Nix of Atwood, Kathleen Schlabach of Penellas Park, Fla., Christine Weade of Ligonier, Geraldine Halsey of Fort Wayne, and Virginia (Raymond Shoda) Baker of Perrysburg, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers Thurman Gumm and Harrison Gumm.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Gene Rohrer, pastor of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p. m. on Monday at the mortuary. Churubusco Lodge 515 F&AM will conduct memorial services at 8 p. m. Monday at the mortuary.
Interment will be in the Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Mizpah Shrine Transportation Fund, 407 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
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