Thomas D. "Todd" GUMMER (08/20/1923 - 11/14/2013)

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GUMMER, Thomas D. "Todd" He was born to Charles and Sylvia Gummer on August 20, 1923 in Gildford, MT and passed away after a long battle with COPD on November 14, 2013 in Spokane. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Donovan, Earl, Morris and Sivert and is survived by Helen, his wife of almost 69 years; daughters, Darlene (Rick) Lockert and Debbie (Gary) McMurtery; grandchildren, Shannon (Scott) Hendrickson, Darcy (Daniel) Brixey, Jeff (Monica) McMurtery, and Gayle McMurtery; great- grandchildren, Jade and Preston Hendrickson, Iain and Helen Brixey and Jamie McMurtery; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. During WWll, he served as a Cpl. in the U.S. Army Military Police, European Theater. He married Helen Parks, December 18, 1944 at Ft. Lawton in Seattle, WA. They returned to Montana in 1947 and in 1949 he went to work for the Great Northern Railroad in Havre as a laborer, working his way up to electrician then foreman. In 1967, he was transferred to Spokane, where he retired in 1981 as general foreman at Parkwater. He described himself as "a Jack Of All Trades - Master Of None," and we all knew who to turn to when we needed help! In retirement, he enjoyed family time, golf, camping, his flower gardens and his elaborate home made Christmas decorations (not necessarily in that order). He was a member of Fowler United Methodist Church, VFW Post 1474, NARVE and a past member of Eagles Aerie 2. He loved his church and he loved children, so in lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in his name, please send it to Fowler United Methodist Church, 3928 N. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99205 or Shriner's Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204. A memorial service will be held June 7, 1:00 PM at Fowler United Methodist Church, Pastor Glenn Kennedy officiating. Arrangements have been made by RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME and a guestbook is available at

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Riplinger Funeral Home & Crematory - Spokane
4305 N. Division St.  Spokane, WA 99207
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