WARRENSBURG-Finis Edward "Ed" Sumpter, 76, of Warrensburg, MO, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Missouri State Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
He was born April 4, 1937, in Desloge, the son of Poley H. and Lena (Petty) Sumpter.
On March 3, 1962, he was united in marriage to Marlene Rumpf at the Emanuel United Church of Christ in Sedalia, and later had two daughters, Debra Lavon and Teresa Lynn.
Ed joined the U.S. Air Force where he earned his high school diploma and worked as an Aircraft Technician. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. Ed retired after 20 years of service in 1975 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. After his retirement, he and his family moved back to La Monte, so that he could fulfill his dream of farming the family farm. Ed later worked as the Assistant Greens Keeper at the Royal Oaks Golf Course at Whiteman Air Force Base. Golf was a passion in his life and he loved to play every day after he retired. Ed was a great American hero who made the world a little safer and a happier place because he lived and worked in it. He was a devoted loving husband and father. Everyone who knew him loved him.
Ed is survived by his wife Marlene, two daughters, Debra Lavon Thompson and husband Mike of Warrensburg, and Teresa Lynn Sumpter of North Carolina, one brother, Hubert Sumpter of St. Louis, MO, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO, with Reverend Louie Lowe officiating. Full military honors will be provided by Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri State Veterans Home in Warrensburg and can be left in care of Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.
Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on Jan. 29, 2014