Michael Gordon Rumsey
Michael Gordon Rumsey, 56, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He lived in rural Viroqua, Va. Mike was born March 1, 1951, in Viroqua, to Gordon and Arlene (Rood) Rumsey. He attended Viroqua High School prior to voluntarily enlisting in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal while serving as a vehicle mechanic in Vietnam from Sept. 3, 1969, to July 22, 1971. He was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and VFW Post No. 2123 of Winchester, Va. A dedicated hard worker, he lived for several years in Colorado while doing carpentry for housing construction. He had many friends in the Glenwood Springs area. He was also employed through the years as a welder and heavy equipment operator. Survivors include his father and his father’s spouse, Rose White, of Viroqua; sisters Cheryl (Richard) Nelson of Purcellville, Va., Debra Bankes of Mauston, Wis., and Lori (Robert) Amundson of Cashton, Wis.; and three step-siblings, three aunts, two uncles, several nieces, nephews and a plethora of cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers, Mark and Patrick; and his mother. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of service on Saturday.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Thorson-Reetz Funeral Home in Viroqua, with Pastor Lori Kleppe officiating. Burial will be in the Asbury Methodist Cemetery on Irish Ridge, rural Viroqua with Military Rites by the Running-Johnson-Ray VFW Post No. 3032. In lieu of flowers, the family has expressed and would greatly appreciate memorials be given in Michael’s name to the American Liver Foundation.
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