Stanley J. Rummel Jr. "Rocketman", 69, of Lothian and formerly of Dix Hills, New York, died peacefully July 29. Stan was born November 12, 1943 in Rockville Center, New York to the late Stanley and Madeleine Rummel. He attended Walt Whitman High School in Huntington, New York. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Dix Hills Fire Department as well as a drummer for the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association in New York. He retired from Grumman Aerospace in New York and later went on to become the Sporting Department Manager both at K-mart and Sports Authority in Virginia. He moved to Maryland in 2007 to live with his daughter and her family. This is where Stan got his nickname "Rocketman" as he would often be seen launching Estes Rockets with his grandchildren in the front yard. Stan enjoyed spending time with his family. He would go hunting and fishing with his son in Virginia as well as fishing his favorite spots on the Chesapeake Bay with his children and grandchildren. Stan enjoyed shooting game birds and would often wait till last to fire and clean up on all game birds missed by his hunting party. Stan is survived by his son, Todd Rummel and wife Joanne; daughter, Stacey Nutile and husband Tom; two sisters, Kathy Specht and husband Bob and Jeanne Felton and husband Jim; four grandchildren, Joseph Rummel and wife Bonnie, Frank Rummel, Domenic Nutile, and Vincent Nutile; three great-grandchildren, Mason, Jersey, and Khloe Rummel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, August 9 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Road, West River. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Deale Volunteer Fire Department, 6007 Drum Point Rd, Deale, MD 20751, www.deale42.com. Online condolences may be placed at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Aug. 4, 2013