Sep. 14, 1923 - April 22, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Gerald M. Gumaer, 89, went to meet his Lord & Savior on Apr. 22, 2013. He was born Sept. 14, 1923 to parents Ira Wayne & Winnie Dee Gumaer in Kendrick, OK. He graduated from Kendrick High School in 1941. After attending a National Youth Administration radio school in Tonkawa, OK he continued his radio training in Ft. Worth, TX. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Service Group in Dec. 1942.Gerald served as radio & teletype operator and cryptographer while he was stationed in Casablanca, N. Africa. He was honorably discharged from the Army in Nov. 1945. After his Army service, he worked for the Guthrie Register News in the Advertising Dept. and also wrote a column but soon became interested in the pre-press activities. This led to his occupation in pre-press operations and took him to Ft. Worth, TX, Washington, DC, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, Kingman, AZ and Oklahoma City.Gerald graduated from Oklahoma A&M College (OSU) in 1949 with a BA degree in Advertising & Journalism. He was married in 1956 to Dallas Arlene Shifflett and they raised a son, Judge William "Bill" Gumaer of whom he was very proud. While in CA, Gerald served as President of the So. California Chapter of the Int'l Graphoanalysis Society & as President of the Alhambra, CA Chapter of the Toastmasters Club.Gerald moved to OKC in late 1981 and worked for King Graphics for 30+ years. In his life, Gerald worked in various fields including sign painting, car sales, as Chief Civil Deputy for the Mohave Co., AZ Sheriff's Dept. & in a copper wire plant in Kingman, AZ.Gerald is preceded in death by parents, Ira Wayne and Winnie Gumaer, his son, William in 1997, his wife, Dallas in 1998 and his sister, Gwen in 1999. He is survived by many family and friends including his "adopted" family, Mike, Glory, Micah and Luke King, along with his niece and nephew, Johnny and Gerrie Tatum of Piedmont, OK, and niece and nephew on his wife's side, Dolen and Charlene (Cookie) Romine of Virginia.Gerald was a devout Christian who used every opportunity to pass on the love and message of the Lord to everyone who knew him. He was a member of Cathedral of Praise for many years and served as usher, a job that he dearly loved.The family would like to thank Integris Hospice House for making his last days so blessed and special for all of us. Gerald loved the Lord, his church, OSU, the OKC Thunder and King Graphics. Those five things filled his life with tons of pride, joy and memories we will never forget. We love you Grandpappy and will miss you so very much. A graveside funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday April 26, 2013 at the Kendrick Cemetery in Kendrick, OK. Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 25, 2013