Wilbur John RummelDecember 12, 2017
Wilbur “Will” John Rummel, Jr. age 91, of Florham Park, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home on December 12, 2017.
Will was born September 3, 1926 in Kearny, NJ to Wilbur John, Sr. and Mary Rummel, attended elementary and middle school in Kearny and graduated early from Kearny High School. He joined the United States Navy as an Aviation Metalsmith and served his country honorably for two years (1944-1945). While working at Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and attending night school at Seton Hall University, he graduated with a BS Degree in Business. In 1988 he retired with 41 years of dedicated service with PSE&G as an internal auditor. In his early years of working at PSE&G, Will heard the melodious tone of laughter coming from the most beautiful woman, fell in love and asked her to marry him. Barbara Theresa Sharp agreed to become Will’s wife on June 3, 1950, they were married in Newark, NJ and shared (67) years of life together.
Will is survived by his wife, Barbara Rummel of Florham Park, NJ, his two sons, Mark A. Rummel and his wife Virginia, of Conyers, GA and Jeffrey Rummel of Princeton, NJ. He enjoyed and shared many memorable times with his two grandchildren, Julia Afton and John Matthew Rummel. He was predeceased by his sister, Rita Rummel Bozar.
Visitation will be at the Leonardis Memorial Home, 210 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, on Monday from 6-9pm. Funeral on Tuesday assembling at 10am followed by a mass at Holy Family Church in Florham Park at 11am. Interment will follow funeral service at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Florham Park Memorial First Aid Squad, 60 Felch Rd, Florham Park, NJ 07932. To the many family members, friends and neighbors who have been a part of Will’s life over the years, those of you who listened, joked and laughed with him, those who encouraged, supported and comforted him, those who provided him a sweet treat to eat or shared a story with him, those who made his days wonderful. ‘Thank you.’
One of Will’s guiding principles in life was “I am not here to be served but to serve.” Will volunteered in many organizations and activities such as the Boy Scouts where he served as Scout Master for 3 troops serving for 8 years, high school band chaperone for 4 years, served on the Board of Adjustment for 6 years and Board of Health for 4 years, served as president of the Senior Citizens Organization for two terms where he was instrumental in getting the Senior Citizens Drop In Center built, very active in the Holy Family Church with the building and grounds committee, involved in parent-teacher PTA, and parish fund-raising activities.
Will never met a stranger, was always positive and encouraging to others, proud of his heritage and family and loved life. He will be missed.