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WASHINGTON – Ralph E. Gaumer, 94, formerly of Washington, passed away at the Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts on May 29, 2012. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Illinois.
Ralph was born on October 12, 1917, in Lawn Ridge, Illinois to Charles Edward and Emma Georgia (Foster) Gaumer. He married Wilma Jean Grimes on March 2, 1946 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son Randy, his sister Ethel Gaumer Witzig and his brother Charles LeRoy “Lee” Gaumer. He is survived by his wife and three sons: Gary (Cinda) of Winchester, Massachusetts; Daniel (Karen) of Decatur; and Richard (Paula) of Howard’s Grove, Wisconsin. Ralph was a wonderful grandfather to his nine grandchildren and his six great grandchildren.
Before and after graduation from Peoria High School in 1935, Ralph enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities. He set pins at a bowling alley, caddied at a local golf course and mowed lawns. When the Western Open was held at the Peoria Country Club the summer of 1934, Ralph and a friend had a pop stand on the 13th tee and made enough money to attend the Chicago World’s Fair. He also held several jobs at Pabst Brewery and was then hired as a clerk for the Champion Furnace Pipe Company. In 1941, Ralph enlisted in the Army Air Corps and spent six months in Brisbane, Australia at the Central Control Center for fighter aircraft. He spent the remainder of his service time in New Guinea. Ralph rose to the rank of staff sergeant.
After being honorably discharged in June of 1945, Ralph worked as a radio repairman for Block and Kuhl and was then offered a sales position. He spent many years working for the Philco distributor in sales. Ralph was then hired as sales manager for the Admiral distributor. Prior to retirement, Ralph sold real estate in Washington.
Raised in the Christian Science Church, Ralph was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Washington for many years. He served on several committees and was a long-time usher. When he was a resident at Supportive Living of Washington, Crossroads United Methodist members were a particular blessing.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.masonfuneralhomes.com
June 1, 2012, 3:00 P.M.
Crossroads United Methodist Church
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