Loren J. “Jake” Brumbaugh: 1936 – 2008

brumbaugh-loren-1.jpgLoren J. “Jake” Brumbaugh, 72, widely-acquainted Noble County farmer and a resident of rural Albion, died at 3:23 p. m. on Monday, October 27, 2008, at the family residence in Green Township.  He had been in declining health for the past year.

Mr. Brumbaugh was born in Green Township on April 7, 1936, a son of R. Gerald  and Beth E. (Cooley) Brumbaugh.  He spent his formative years on the family farm in Noble County and graduated from Albion High School in 1954.

As a young man he served in the U. S. Army, and was married to Janet Roe of Ligonier on August 23, 1957 in Tacoma, Washington.  The couple lived all of their married lives on their farm in Green Township, where he was engaged in farming all of his adult life.  He had also worked as a driver for Helena Chemical in Kimmell for five years.

In addition to his agricultural endeavors, his life was marked by community service and memberships in several organizations.  He was a member of the Albion American Legion Post, Noble County Farm Bureau, the Maine-Anjou Cattle Association, and had been active in 4-H in Noble County and throughout the region.  He had served on the Green Township Advisory Board, had also served on the Noble County Co-Op Board of Directors, and attended the Columbia City Church of the Brethren.

Most importantly, he was a loving husband, son, dad, grandpa, and brother, and was a friend to many.

The surviving relatives include his wife Janet, to whom he was married for over 51 years; five sons Marty (Pam) Brumbaugh of Milford, Mike (Carla) Brumbaugh of Albion, Brent (Julie) Brumbaugh of Churubusco, David (Trina) Brumbaugh of LaOtto, and Jeff (Julie) Brumbaugh of Churubusco; his mother Beth E. Brumbaugh of Albion; a brother Ken (Sue) Brumbaugh of Albion; a sister Karen (Paul) Helmkamp of Fort Wayne; and thirteen grandchildren Kayla, Beau, Tim, Courtney, Katie, Teegan, Ashley, Haley, Ross, Remingtin, Redmin, Samantha, and Audrey.

He was preceded in death by his father, and by a granddaughter Ryliegh Gracelynn Brumbaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. Friday at the Sugar Grove Church of God, 5019 East 500 South-57, Churubusco, with Pastors Dennis Beckner and Tim Grable, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment with military graveside rites will be in the family plot at the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health & Hospice, 2270 Lake Ave., suite 200, Fort Wayne, IN  46805; or to the family. 


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28 Responses to “Loren J. “Jake” Brumbaugh: 1936 – 2008”

  1. Jennifer Bremer Says:

    There are so many things I could say about “Grandpa” Brumbaugh. I always enjoyed seeing him and sitting with the whole family at the state fair. He will be greatly missed – I especially always liked to be greeted by his smile. A truly great man! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

    Jennifer, Kassidy and Klayton

  2. Chad and Shawn Flora Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family,

    Our sympathies go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Chad & Shawn Flora

  3. Angela Studebaker Says:

    I will always remember Uncle Jake’s smile. I never saw him without it. We will miss him and his jovial spirit. You are all in our thought and prayers.
    Michael and Angela Studebaker and family

  4. Rick & Melissa Wagner Family Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Jake. You are all in our daily prayers during this difficult time. We loved getting to know him at church. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Jennifer Lilly Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have missed seeing you. I will always remember running into you at the State Fair years ago. You and your family will be in my thoughts through this difficult time.

  6. Mike Clouse Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family.
    I am very sorry for your loss. Growing up around the conner from your farm I have some great memories.
    As I am currently stationed in IRAQ I can not attend the services.
    My thaughts are with you.

  7. Steve and Beverly Trahin Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family:

    Our sympathy to the entire Brumbaugh Family for the loss of Jake. Our son-in-law, Jonathan, talked many times about his uncle.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  8. Beth Anne Riecke Says:

    Janet & family,
    Please accept my condolences to your family. Jake was a great man and will be missed by the entire community. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen some of you – but whenever I did you were all so nice.
    Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Wayne & Ina Moore Says:

    To Janet and family,

    We will remember Jake as always being happy and full of fun.
    Our prayers are with all of you.

  10. Randall and Mary Zeigler Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family,
    IWe are very sorry to hear the loss of Jake. The family will be in our prayers during this difficult time. We will always remember the many times of sneaking up on Mary and the laugh that went with scaring her. He will be greatly missed!
    Randall and Mary(Moorhouse)Zeigler Family

  11. Mark Kritzman Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family,
    Words hardly seem like enough at times like this. Just letting you know we are praying for all of you. I trust in god he knows what is best for all of us. Seek him and he can help in difficult times like this.
    Mark, Diane, Karrin and Miles

  12. Judy (Snyder) Kline Says:

    To the Brumbaugh Family,
    I grew up in Green Township and went to school with Marty. I remember having homemade ice-cream at the Brumbaugh farm – Yummy! I just wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Judy Kline

  13. Penny Leatherman Says:

    I will always remember that huge smile and ornary look. Marty you have that same smile and look – what a treasure we will have to continue to see your dad in you. You are in our prayers!

  14. bill & marilyn truex Says:

    to the brumbaugh family we are very sorry to hear of your loss our deepest sympathy goes to your family at this time our prayers are with you and your family



  16. Danny Worrick Says:

    Very sorry to hear of your lost our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Larry and Kathy Shively Says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Jake’s death. He always had a smile and laugh when we talked to him. Our prayers are with all of you.

    Larry and Kathy Shively

  18. John Strong Says:

    To Janet and family

    Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Many good high school memories included Jake.
    He was a fun guy and a delight to be around.

  19. Robin Howard Says:

    Dear Janet and family, I send my deepest sympathy to you on the homegoing of your husband and father. Jake was such a fun guy to know, and my life was enriched by his happy outlook everytime I was at a family gathering or somewhere Sharon and I were ministering that you (Janet) and he attended.

    I’ll be praying God’s comfort to hold you close as you walk through a new phase in your life. Blessings upon you.

    Robin Howard

  20. Phil and Kim (Malle) Allen Says:

    Dear Brumbaugh Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Jake’s passing. I know how difficult it is to let loved ones go. I remember Jake with a smile on his face. Treasure your memories and find peace that he’s no longer suffering.


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  22. Rhonda Johnson Says:

    Dear Janet, Marty, Mike, Brent, David, and Jeff,
    You are all on my mind and in my prayers. Cherish your memories and take care of each other. Love to all Mrs. J.

  23. Bob and Sarah Menefee Says:

    We both send our sympathy to the family. He was such a great guy and always had a smile. A great person that will be greatly missed. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in the love of friends and family.

  24. The Wyss Family Says:

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    We certainly enjoyed Jake’s enthusiasm for life and his grandkids’ activities…especially sitting near him at basketball games. He will be missed by so many!

    God bless all of you.

  25. Jennifer & Shane Buchmiller Says:

    May you find comfort in the friends who care and joy in your memories. We have your family in our prayers.

    Thinking of You, The Buchmillers

  26. Steve and Becky Workman Says:

    Janet and all the Brumbaugh family – We were very saddened to hear about Jake’s passing. We will so miss seeing him at all the fairs. Our thoughts are with each and everyone of you.

  27. Brian, Tina, Jazzmyn and Nathanael Collett Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. His memories and presence will continue to felt by all who knew him. Love and miss you all

  28. Nancy (Schmidt) Ritchie Says:

    Brent and family, my prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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