Richard D. 'Dick' Rumbaugh
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Richard D. "Dick" Rumbaugh, 70, of Pine Ridge Drive, Chicora, a longtime Chicora businessman and former borough councilman, died Sunday morning, shortly after his arrival in the emergency room at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Dick was born on Nov. 15, 1941, in Kaylor, Armstrong County. He was the son of Wilbur Parks and Helen Viola McElhaney Rumbaugh.
He was a 1959 graduate of East Brady High School and attended New Castle Business School.
He was a notary public. He was a longtime member of the Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society. Dick served on the Chicora Borough Council and was a life member of the Chicora Volunteer Fire Department. Dick enjoyed landscaping and NASCAR, and he especially enjoyed the company of his children and grandchildren.
In his early years, Dick worked for Parker Appliance in Chicora. In 1979, Dick and his brother, Bernard, bought Fugini Ford in Chicora and the business was known as Rumbaugh Motors. At that same location, they later opened the Rummy Mart convenience store. Dick sold the business in 2007 and retired after 28 years in business.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Fugini Rumbaugh, who he married at the Mater Dolorosa Church in Chicora, on July 3, 1965. Also surviving are three children, Mitchell D. Rumbaugh and his wife, Kolleen, of Butler, Sue Surrena and her husband, Dave, of Chicora, and Curtis Rumbaugh and his friend, Robert Drew, of Washington, D.C.; four grandchildren, Raeanne and Ryan Rumbaugh of Butler and Megan and Dillan Surrena of Chicora; six brothers, Walter Rumbaugh and his wife, Emily, of Harrisville, Howard Lee Rumbaugh and his wife, Cheryl, of Cabot, Robert "Bob" Rumbaugh and his wife, Dolly, of Chicora, Alvin Rumbaugh and his wife, Tanya, of Chicora, Bernard Rumbaugh and his wife, Diane, of Chicora, and Dennis Rumbaugh and his wife, Leann, of Butler; three sisters, Virginia Rumbaugh of East Brady, Helen Maxine Smith and her husband, Bill, of East Brady and Lois Rumbaugh of East Brady; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Rumbaugh of Butler and Catherine Rumbaugh of Saxonburg; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Jack and Donald Rumbaugh; and a sister, Ruthie Rumbaugh.
RUMBAUGH -Friends of Richard D. "Dick" Rumbaugh, who died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora-Fenelton Road, Chicora, from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church, Chicora, with Dick's brother-in-law, the Rev. Francis Fugini, O.F.M. Cap, and the Rev. Joseph Pudichery, church pastor, concelebrating.
Interment will be in Hemphill Cemetery, Chicora. A parish prayer service will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Dick's memory may be made to the Miracle League Baseball of Southwestern Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1519, Cranberry Township, PA 16066, or to the
, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hilefh.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Oct. 1, 2012