Dale and Patricia Rummer

 A memorial service for Dale Ivan Rummer and Patricia Ann Rummer, both of Lawrence, will be held at 4:00 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Westside Presbyterian Church.  Inurnment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery.  Dale died Oct 5 and Patricia died Oct 6, 2012, both at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor surrounded by family and friends.

Dale was born September 21, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas to James E. and Agnes (Martin) Rummer.  Pat was also born in Wichita, January 23, 1929, to Walter E. and Dorothea M. (Brehm) Burnham.  They met at a church function and were married in 1948 while both were attending KU.  Dale received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Pat received a BS in Mathematics.  Dale began as an Instructor in Electrical Engineering in 1949 and went on to complete his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering.  He served KU for 46 years as Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also worked as an engineering consultant on a wide variety of cases.  Pat was a homemaker and mother and supported Dale’s consulting with office management.  She joined Acme Laundry as bookkeeper in 1976 and worked there for 16 years.  They enjoyed a wide range of hobbies and activities including Scouting, needlework, shop projects, music, camping and travel. 

Pat and Dale are survived by their three children: Kenneth D. (Myrna) Rummer, Corning, Iowa, Gwendolyn K. Lewis, Startup, Washington, and Robert B. (Jean) Rummer, Lawrence; nine grandchildren—Sara, Timothy, Nicholas, Jeffrey, Tricia, Steven, Ivan, Caitlyn, and Joiwyn; and four great-grandchildren—Carbon, Hypatia, Alex, Zoe.  They are also survived by Pat’s brother, Robert Burnham, of Seattle, Washington and four nieces and nephews; Charles, Stephen, Donald, and Jane.  They were preceded in death by their parents and Dale’s sister, Janet Burnham.

They were active members of Westside Presbyterian Church since 1949 and memorial contributions may be made in their name to the church. 

5 Condolences

  1. Karen Rinkenbaugh Jones on October 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Kenny and family, I am sorry about your folks passing. Mother always thought so much of your parents. If you don’t remember who I am I was in your class in elementary school. May God bless you and give you peace.

  2. Steven McCabe on October 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I worked with Dale for many years at KU. What a great person and a great professor of EE. His interests were in teaching kids how to be good engineers and good citizens. A real gentleman. He will be missed.

  3. Kat (Freitag) Cooney on October 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hi Ken, Gwen & Bobby(sorry), I just want you to know how much your mom and dad meant to me. I felt such a loss when mom and dad called to tell me they had died. I am so glad they were together and that one did not have to grieve for the other. I know I had a hard time when I saw them last summer. Your mom was so excited to see me and your dad did manage a big hug for me! They were very special people in my life and I have had a huge flood of memories the last several days. They were like a bonus mom & dad to me with all the events we shared throughout my childhood and young adulthood. All the campouts, the Colo. trip, the get togethers at your house, etc. They were beyond compare in so many ways. I learned so much from them and they had a way of making me feel special and loved. Your mom’s kindness and generous spirit will never leave me and your dad’s bear-hugs and laughter will never be forgotten. They both gave so much of themselves to all who crossed their paths and I know having them in my life made me a better person. Even though I know they are in a better place and with the Lord I will from here on out have a certain emptiness in my heart knowing they are no longer here. I pray that God gives you all peace of mind and comfort in knowing that your mom and dad were loved and respected by so many people. Please take care and God bless you all.
    Love, Kat

  4. Brenda Olson Kappelman on October 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Bobby and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Such a dear thing to have happen with one gone and the other leaving so soon after. God bless,

  5. Ann Hawks on September 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Gwen,
    Just a very belated note to let you know how sorry I am with the passing of your mom and dad. I remember them as very kind and hospitable people when I had the opportunity to visit their home with you. It has been such a long time since our Sellard’s Hall days, but would love to hear from you when possible. Until such time, please take care and may God give you comfort and peace. Ann

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