Roland Rumph: 1916-2016
Roland Rumph passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at the Powder River Manor in Broadus, MT on Friday, August 5, 2016. He was 100 years old.
Roland was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on April 24, 1916. He was the eldest of seven children born to Clark Levi Rumph and Gertrude Anna (Schaap) Rumph. He grew up on the family homestead 20 miles south of Broadus on Butte Creek. He attended grade school at a country school on Butte Creek and graduated from high school in Broadus in 1934.
After high school he spent two years with the Civil Conservation Corps before returning to the family ranch on Butte Creek.
In 1945 he married Erma Weischedel. They ranched at his parent’s homestead on Butte Creek. In 1949 they purchased a small piece of land and the general store at Biddle, MT where they raised their family. He became postmaster at the Biddle Post Office. They spent the next 60+ years raising children, ranching, running the store and post office. His love of music and dancing was an integral part of his life. He was once asked what his hobby was, he replied “people”!
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Roland is survived by his nine children, Delmar (Jan) of Morrison, CO, Dick (Holly) of Biddle, Donna (Kenny) Dague of Windsor, CO, Kermit (Valerie) of Biddle, Nathan (Connie) of Biddle, Quentin of Biddle, Jim (Sophia) of Tucson, AZ, Tom (Kitty) Riggs of Broadus, and Owen (Mary) of Biddle, twenty-six grandchildren, and thirty-seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Vern Barthuly of Billings, MT and Virginia Robinson of Broadus and one brother Roger Rumph of Napa, California.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 6 pm at the Biddle Community Heritage Center with supper following. Memorials can be made in memory of Roland Rumph to the Biddle Community Heritage Center, Biddle, MT 59314.
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