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The two favorite seasons for a farmer are springtime and harvest. Donald Edward Rump of Fort Loramie Swanders Road, Sidney was born during harvest on September 24, 1930 and left his earthly home at the beginning of spring when he passed away on Wednesday evening, April 4, 2018 after spending 87 years with us.
Don was born to Walter W. and Jeannette (Grubemeyer) Rump and has two living brothers, Vernon Rump of Muncie, Indiana, and Robert Rump of New Bremen, Ohio.
He married the love of his life, Imogene (Copeland) Rump on September 3, 1960 and together they had two children, Dora (Greg) Gerzina of Texas, and David (Phyllis) Rump of Lewistown. The two children blessed them with eight grandchildren, Anthony, Michael, Christopher, Daniel and Patrick Gerzina, Whitney (Corey) Shreves, and Jaysen and Shawnie Rump.
Imogene, along with Dora and two grandsons, Anthony and Michael Gerzina met Don at the gate and welcomed him home.
Don was a U.S. Navy Korean War Veteran who served his country from June of 1948-June of 1952 and was a member of the Sidney American Legion Post #217.
Maybe it was his profession of lineman for Dayton Power and Light that prompted the zipline adventure on his 85th birthday! He retired in 1993 after 30 years of service for DP&L.
Family was important to him, including the monthly family dinners, birthday celebrations, hunting, and even a king salmon fishing trip.
He also enjoyed woodworking, raising white faced Herford, NASCAR and baseball, GO REDS!
Don enjoyed farm life and didn't quit until the task at hand was done perfectly.
Services will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Saint Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Ohio where he was a longtime member. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service which will be conducted by Pastor Charla Grieves and Pastor Bill Halter. He will then be laid to rest in Pearl Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorials can be made to St. Jacob's Lutheran Church in memory of Donald E. Rump.
This life long, hard working farmer has just picked up his hammer… and gone home.