Obituary for Robert "Bob" Mumford
Robert (Bob) Victor Mumford passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. He was the loving husband of June (Hess) Mumford, with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage. Bob was born on March 2, 1924, the son of the late James Russel and Bessie Stella (Peters) Mumford.
Bob attended William Penn Senior High School and at the age of 17, he proudly joined the Navy. Bob’s Navy career took him from a row home on Princess Street all the way to the White House, where he served as an Honor Guard to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. During World War II, from 1942-1946, Bob served his country as a Torpedoman’s Mate, Third Class, on Patrol Boat 288. He fought in major battles in Okinawa and Borneo and during his service, he earned the following recognitions: the Victory medal, Asiatic Pacific and Philippine Liberation medals, and the Good Conduct medal.
After his time in the service, Bob worked at Naval Ordinance Plant and at Caterpillar, where he retired on April 1st (no joke) 1986. He was a member of the West York VFW and WBE Union #13.
Bob was an avid sports fan and athlete. In his younger days, he was an all-star catcher and played for the Central and Eastern League and was a member of the York High basketball team. He was also a competitive bowler and participated in many leagues. Bob’s love of sports continued throughout his life as he followed his sons and grandchildren to their many sporting events and proved to be their #1 fan! He was a fan of Pleasureville baseball, and of Central and Dallastown School District sports. During the winter months, you could find and hear Bob cheering for his favorite hockey teams.
Bob was also a fan of the York White Roses Drum and Bugle Corp, where he followed his sons and their performances. Additionally, Bob was a true chocolate lover. While at Bob’s house, you could always hear the familiar sound of the candy dish being opened as he enjoyed a piece (or more) of chocolate every day!
Above all, Bob will be remembered as a loving and devoted family man. He loved spending time with his family where he was known for telling jokes and stories, playing games, and making people laugh. His family will remember his special handshake where you always walked away a little richer. He was a cheerful and proud family man who took the time to brag about his family as he easily made friends wherever he went. Bob truly lived each day to the fullest and inspired his family to do the same.
Bob is survived by two sons, Randy A. Mumford and his wife, Andrea of York, Barry V. Mumford and his wife, Barbara of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Heather (Mumford) Lyons and husband, Jason of York, Derek Mumford and wife, Brittany of Arlington, VA, and Tyler Mumford of Charlotte, NC, and his sister Ruth Worley of York. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Roy, Margaret, Clarence ‘Eggie,” Earl, Dot, and Mildred “Sis”.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 East Market Street, York with Pastor John Bell officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Rose Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to one of the following organizations to celebrate his support of veterans and love for his country, and/or to support the York County Parks as Bob enjoyed walking at Rocky Ridge Park: Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011 or York County Parks Foundation Charitable Trust, York County Department of Parks and Recreation, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, PA 17406.
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 East Market Street, York, PA 17403.