George Harvey Rummel • July 11, 2022
George Harvey Rummel left for his eternal reward surrounded by his family at his home in Cameron, Missouri on July 11, 2022, concluding a long full life of 91 years. George was born to Charles Christian and Nina Mae Rummel on March 15, 1931, in Vancleave Mississippi where the family were temporally residing before returning to their home in Pensacola, Florida. He is preceded in death by his Brother Bernard Christian Rummel and Sisters Martha Mae Rummel Truman, Shirley Elizabeth Rummel Ziegler, and Carol Joyce Rummel Bryan. He is survived by his sisters Gloria Ann Rummel Furrow and Connie Jean Rummel Jackson.
George married his high school sweetheart, Gwendolyn Louise Watson on September 29, 1950 at Pensacola, Florida. This marriage would last nearly forty years. Gwen left for her heavenly reward on June 13, 1990 in Pensacola. God would bless this union with three children: Larry Richard, Gary Lee, and Lisa Diane who survive him. Also surviving him is five grandchildren and four great grandchildren with one on the way. One great grandchild, James Henry Hallman tragically passed shortly after birth.
George would marry his second love, Ruthelma Jane Granberry, on April 24, 1991. This union would bless George with 31 years of loving companionship. Ruth, who survives him, became his helpmate in everything as they both were dedicated to serving the Lord. This blended family yields a total of eight children, 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren who survive him. His numerous descendants could never outnumber the loved he had for each.
George’s life was dedicated to service. In service to his Lord, George gave both leadership and ordained ministry in many congregations of the Community of Christ. Later in life he served in Baptist congregations in Louisiana and Missouri. In service to his country, George served 28 years enlisted in the US Air Force. Earning Flight Engineer status, George logged over 13,000 hours of flight time with 104 combat air missions in Southeast Asia.
Perhaps, George’s greatest service was his being the spiritual head of his extended family and a role model for those he knew. He performed the marriages of his three children and many of his nieces and nephews as well. He performed too many baby blessings to count. “Uncle George” was a favorite addition at any family gathering and almost always was asked to use his booming voice to offer the blessings over the food. He will be greatly missed.
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