Dieter Zumpe, of Ellington, on December 30, 2020, my best friend and husband of 31 years left this earth suddenly to be in the stars with our Heavenly Father. Dieter was born to Marianne Zumpe of New York and the late Ben Zumpe. He eventually moved to Saugerties, NY where we met and were married, then moved here to CT. He taught me to ski how to enjoy a live concert like no other, and especially how to have the Faith I have today. He was an amazing runner, and has made many running buddies along the way, he particularly liked half marathons. He was a Syracuse basketball fan like no other and was lucky enough to attend more than once a live game at The Dome with our son, Trevor. Fishing ,Kayaking, and the band Rush ,along with just "puttering in the yard" were other favorite past times for him. Dieter was one of the MOST generous people I have ever known, and on more than one occasion would give his only dollar to a stranger, because "They need it more than me". He is survived by me -his wife Patti and his pride and joy, his son, Trevor, and also beloved his "Puppin Dog" Zeke. Dieter also is survived by his loving friends, Billy, John, Yosh, and others that I cannot even think of right now. Dieter will be dearly missed by his brothers and their wives and children. Eb (Kelly)Zumpe of South Windsor, Chris (Becky)Zumpe of North Carolina, and Jay (Rica) Zumpe of Southington; his sisters and their husbands, Eva (Hans-Peter), Bea (Chris), Brigetta (Gil), Jane (James), and Ester(Steve). He is predeceased by his sister, Suzanna and brother Daniel. Dieter will be especially missed by his brother-in-law, Philip Overbaugh of NY as well as his in-laws, Phil and Winnie Overbaugh of Manchester. Seth and Ryan Zimmerman of Colorado, you were very special nephews to him, and he loved sharing stories, music and plain silly stuff with you both. Also, a special thank you to the "Knollwood Gang"---you know who you are. BFF keep the parties going! I would like to offer special thank you to our "other son" Ryan Browne, who befriended our son Trevor at a young age and had turned into one of Dieter's best friends, for all your help and support, THANK YOU! Your actions have been immeasurable. Also, thank you to all the were involved in his rescue efforts, particularly, the officer that was first on the scene from Coventry Police. I would like to thank you in person someday. I leave with a line form one of Dieter's favorite Rush songs The Garden , "The future disappears into a memory with only a moment between-forever dwells on that moment-HOPE is what remains to be seen"- Rush His family will receive friends for calling hours on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 4 – 7 p.m. and also on Tuesday, January 5th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. A memorial service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6th at a time to be announce at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 239 Graham Road, South Windsor. Burial will be private. Face coverings are required for the calling hours and the service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, The Bridge Ministry, 400 Chapel Road, Unit 1J, South Windsor, CT 06074. For online condolences and guest book, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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