Ronald Bumstead Jr.


November 9, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Ronald L. Bumstead, 61, Humboldt, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 23, 1956, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of the Rev. Ronald L. and Connie (McKinley) Bumstead. Ron graduated from Humboldt High School and from Allen County Community College with police science.
Ron married Marilyn Owens on July 10, 1977, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt. This union was blessed with two sons, Nathan and Matthew.
He worked in hay fields growing up as well as Humboldt I.G.A., and Humboldt Grain. Ron was a Humboldt reserve police officer and worked his way up to become Humboldt police chief. He then became the Allen County undersheriff for seven years. On Feb. 1, 1988, he started working at Gates Rubber Company in the warehouse until the present time. Ron worked on the family farm and also farmed for others for many years.
Ron enjoyed raising cattle and sheep; loved the outdoors, including hunting and fishing. He loved to garden, especially with his grandchildren. Ron and Marilyn always made it a point to make it to their sons’ sporting events. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Iola. He was also a proud member of the Boy Scouts working his way up to the Order of the Arrow.
He was preceded in death by father, the Rev. Ronald L. Bumstead; one brother, Kimberly “Kim” Bumstead; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Ruby Owens.
Ron is survived by his wife, Marilyn Bumstead, of the home; two sons, Nathan Bumstead and wife Monica, Humboldt, and Matthew Bumstead and wife Brooke, Girard; seven grandchildren, Amber Janzen and husband David, Carrie Mock and husband Luke, Sebastian Mock, Sydnea and Jazzmyn Bumstead, Breckin Guenther and Rhett Bumstead; four great grandchildren; mother, Connie Bumstead, Humboldt; two brothers, Kevin Bumstead and wife Sue and Jonathan Bumstead and wife Lynn; one sister, Beth Cave; sister-in-law, Pam Bumstead; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Iola, with burial to follow at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Iola.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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