Robert, known as Bob, grew up in Exeter. He attended St. Stephen Catholic School up through 8th grade and then went onto Exeter High School graduating with the class of 1953. He worked as a mechanic until joining the Air Force in June of 1958. From there, he was deployed for 18 months to Chaumont, France. Once returning home, he joined the Air National Guard and remained involved with them for 32 years. He received several honors and medals during his employment with the Air National Guard. He was proud to have achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Bob retired in 1990 at the age of 55.
Bob met the love of his life, Jane Welch, in 1955 while at Pla Mor ballroom in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since that evening spent full of dancing, they have been inseparable. Bob and Jane were joined in marriage on December 14, 1957 in Seward, Nebraska and to them 2 children were born, Cary James and Lori Ann. In December 2017 they celebrated 60 years of marriage surrounded by family and friends.
Bob was a dedicated member of St. Stephen Catholic Church where he served as a board member. Bob was also a member of the Exeter American Legion. He contributed numerous hours of handy man work around the rectory, church, and American Legion. He took pride in his Village and was always giving a helping hand to the elderly around town.
In Bob’s downtime, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and boating, but his main passion and love were his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He could always be found at a track, whether it was for a track & field meet or a racetrack. Bob restored a Farmall H tractor and enjoyed showing it off in local parades while pulling a John Deere tractor behind. He loved to make people laugh. Bob enjoyed his sweets, jams, cookies & pies. He had great patience. His wife called him the jack-of-all- trades and he never missed an event of his Grandchildren. He was their #1 fan.
Bob is survived by wife Jane; children Cary (Debbie) Dumpert of York, Lori (Rusty) Ruhl of Exeter; grandchildren, Marcus (Angela) Ruhl of Geneva, MiKayla Ruhl (Fiance Bennet Weise) of Fairbury, Kyle (Nikki) Dumpert of Utica, Cory Dumpert (Lindsay Roan) of Exeter; Great-Grandchildren Bryton Ruhl, Jairyn Weise, Eli Dumpert and Lynly Leif; siblings Jean Rich of Bradshaw, Tom (Phyllis) Dumpert of Lincoln, Lois Thomsen of Exeter, Carol (Gary) Aden of Surprise, Arizona, Gary (Sherry) Dumpert of Exeter; and Sister-In-Law Pixie Welch of Seward; and a handful of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy & William Dumpert; brothers-in-law Dean Rich & Warren Thomsen; and Uncle Bud Leif.
Bob’s quotes “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail.” “Trained mind & skilled hands.”
A Funeral Mass for Bob was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Exeter. Monsignor Daniel Seiker and Father Kenneth Borowiak officiated the service. Agnes Anderson was the organist and Greg Rehm was the Cantor, and they led the congregation in the singing of “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “I Am the Bread Of Life,” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Pallbearers for the service included Cory Dumpert, Kyle Dumpert, Marcus Ruhl, Bennet Weise, Tom Dumpert, and Gary Dumpert. Honorary Pallbearers included MiKayla Ruhl, Angela Ruhl, Nikki Dumpert, Eli Dumpert, Lynly Leif, Bryton Ruhl, Jairyn Wiese, and Lindsey Roan.
Interment was held in the Exeter Cemetery with Military Rites performed by the Exeter American Legion William Sullivan Post 218 and the Offutt FSS Honor Guard.
Farmer Funeral Home of Exeter was in care of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.farmerandsonfuneralhome.com Memorials are suggested to the St. Stephen Catholic Church or Exeter American Legion.