Joseph“Joe” Clinton Rumbach, 81, of McWhorter Road, Jane Lew, passed away at 10 a.m., on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Weston on January 13, 1936, a son of the late James William Rumbach and Virginia Blanche Ervin Rumbach.
On August 21, 1965, he married Erseline Leon Gainer Rumbach who will miss him dearly after 52 years of marriage.
His talented, hard-working nature will be carried on by his two children: Christina J. Rumbach of Weston, Andrew E. Rumbach of Jane Lew; one treasured grandchild, Alexis P. Rumbach, who was his pride and joy; three siblings: William E. Rumbach and wife, Janice, of Ocala, FL, Mary Katherine Rumbach Kemper and husband, Charlie, of Weston, and James M. Rumbach and wife, Pam, of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Joe was an honored veteran of the United States Army having served from 1959-1961. He graduated from Glenville State College with a B.A. Degree in Education, and from WVU with his Masters Degree in Biology. After teaching biology and art for the Lewis County Board of Education for over 20 years, he retired to devote more time to his true passion, the arts. In addition to oil painting, he enjoyed wood-carving, especially gun stocks, knife handles, pitchforks, and scrimshaw powder horns. With his teaching experience, he was a natural at demonstrating and exhibiting his skills and talents to share the art form with the public. He was also a long-time volunteer with the Museum of American Glass in Weston. Above all else, he was lovingly devoted to attending his granddaughter’s athletic games, so he could support and encourage her to achieve her goals. He was Presbyterian by faith.
Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, at 144 Hackers Creek Rd., in Jane Lew, from 4-7 p.m., on Sunday, October 1, 2017, and from 1-2 p.m. on Monday. Funeral Services followed, at 2 p.m., at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Bruce Macbeth officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew. Full military honors were accorded by the United States Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joseph Clinton Rumbach. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com