Robert "Bob" Richard Rumer, age 90, died peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Woodhaven Hall in Williamsburg with family members at his side.|
A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; FISH- Emergency Services or the
Bob was born on October 11, 1922 to Richard O. and Margaret Hauer Rumer in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 19 he graduated from Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, and Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Theta honor societies. He served as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy from 1944-46, and worked on the Manhattan Project.
He married the love of his life, Shirley Pemberton, in 1944, and they lived in Oak Ridge, TN, Yorktown and Washington D.C. during his Navy service. An industrial career led Bob and Shirley and their growing family of four children, to live in Columbia, TN, Soda Springs, ID, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Bob worked as a chemical engineer and then executive for Monsanto Company for 25 years, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Agricultural Division. He went on to work for Mobay (Bayer) Corp. for 16 years. When Bob retired in 1985 as Executive Vice President of Bayer, they moved to Williamsburg.
Bob was active in the Presbyterian Church throughout his life- teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving as an elder and deacon. He served for 9 years as Chair of Finance on the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In Bob's retirement years he volunteered for FISH (community food and clothing distributor) serving for 4 1/2 years as its President. He also served as a tutor to young readers at Rawls Byrd School. Bob was a voracious reader, loved fishing, was a world traveller into his late 80s. He was a patron of music and the arts. He became an avid breadmaker and gourmet cook in his retirement years.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley Rumer; four children: Susan Billin (Geoff) of Moscow, ID; Barbara Rumer of Bend, OR; Dr. Richard R. Rumer (Barbara) of Durham, NC; and Roger Rumer (Betsy) of Wexford, PA; two sisters: Elizabeth Weeks of Midlothian, VA and Margaret Barrow of St. Louis, MO; seven grandchildren: David Billin (Kate) of Pullman, WA; Margaret Billin of Rhinebeck, NY; Benjamin Rumer, Elissa Rumer and Nathan Rumer of Durham, NC; Christina Rumer Genes (Jake) and Anna Rumer of Wexford, PA; and two great granddaughters.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23, 2012