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Gene Rumsey

Gene Rumsey, 83, formerly of Columbia and Richmond, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he has lived since his retirement in 2003.

Gene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Valera Rumsey, whom he met at age 14 when his family moved to McPherson, Kans.  He attended the University of Kansas where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.  His college education was cut short by his service during the Korean War as an Army officer and artillery instructor.

The family moved to Columbia, in 1969 where Gene worked as sales manager and co-owner of Ralls Aluminum Company of Richmond.  Gene and Val purchased the company in 1984 and moved to Richmond.

Gene played the saxophone in a dance band in his early years and took up golf later in life.  He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout and a Shriner.

Gene is also survived by his three children and their families; daughter Jane Kruse, her husband Rick and their daughter Karla; his son Bruce Rumsey and his son Alex; and daughter Nanette Rumsey, her husband Peter Domer and their sons Matthew and Paul.  Gene is also survived by a sister, Erlene Rumsey.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Jim, and his parents.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements are by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.

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