Services for Rick L. Rummel, age 61, Otho, will be Tuesday, October 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 North 24th Street, Fort Dodge, with Rev. Gary Snook officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, October 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Bruce Funeral Home in Fort Dodge. Memorial contributions in Ricks name will be accepted. On-line condolences to the family may be left at www.brucesfuneralhome.com
Rick was born September 24, 1952, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The son of Darwin and Darlene (Beddow) Rummel, he was raised and attended school in Fort Dodge. On January 1, 1971 Rick married his sweetheart, LaVonne Jakobitz, at First Church of the Nazarene in Fort Dodge and to this union had two children, Chad and Dawn. That same year he enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corp where he served overseas during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge in 1975, Rick returned to work as a mechanic for his fathers service station, Northside 66. Later he and LaVonne owned and operated their current business, Riverside Auto Repair & Canoe Rental, in Otho.
Rick had a huge heart and he often times worked for free just to give a helping hand to someone in need. To several family members he was known as “Uncle Rick”. He truly enjoyed being a grandfather and traveling to watch the grandkids basketball games. What he truly loved most was his wife of over 42 years and quality time spent with family and friends.
On Friday evening, October 18, 2013, Rick passed away peacefully with his family and friends at his side. He will be missed by his wife LaVonne of Otho; a daughter, Dawn Lund of Sioux City; his parents, Dar and Darlene Rummel of Fort Dodge; his grandchildren, Alyssa, Cassie, Shaeler and Brady; his siblings, Kely Lawler and Jerry Rummel both of Fort Dodge; several nieces and nephews; a host of other family members and friends; and his dog, Thai and cat, TC.
Preceding him in death was his son, Chad Rummel, on June 22, 2001; and a sister, Cindy Wheeler.
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