Walter E. "Gene" Kumpf
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age 83, of Canton, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Jan, 31, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the type of person who never complained. He never let his cancer dictate how he lived, he lived every day to the fullest. Gene was born in Canton on Nov. 22, 1929 to the late Walter and Eva Kumpf. He graduated from Lehman High School in 1947 and attended Kent State University. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy in the Seabees during the Korean War. He served in Japan, the Philippines and Kwajalein and was honorably discharged attaining the rank of Petty Officer 1st class. Gene married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Schmitt, they were married for 58 wonderful years. After the service, Gene worked in the construction industry, both commercial and residential from 1952-1964. He then began his career with the United States Postal Service from which he retired in 1989. He also was vice-president/treasurer of the Panel House in North Canton which he owned with his son, Kevin. Gene and Pat enjoyed taking cruises with friends on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers aboard the Mississippi Queen, American Queen and the Delta Queen. Gene was a very loving and giving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be truly missed by family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat and son, Bill.
Gene is survived by his loving sons, Kevin and Dave (Lori) Kumpf of Jackson Twp.; grandchildren, Ryan (Megan) Kumpf, Cory Kumpf, Joshua and Seth Kumpf; and great-grandchildren, Kayley and Reagan Kumpf.
Per Gene's wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The Reed Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements and burial at Sunset Hills Burial Park. The family would like to thank his Aultman Hospice nurse, Jo and all of his caring hospice aides for there comforting support. The family wishes any donations be made to the Aultman Hospice Program or to the Aultman Compassionate Care Center. Those wishing to send condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed On-Line Guestbook at
Published in The Repository on Feb. 3, 2013