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Born: Fri., Jun. 16, 1939
Died: Fri., Jan. 11, 2013


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 14, 2013
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Mickey Allen Zumbrun, age 73, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 1:15 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at his home.  Born on June 16, 1939 in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Timothy L. and Lulu (Clingerman) Zumbrun.

He graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1957 and served in the United States Army.  On July 11, 1964 he married Dianne F. Ruckman at Larwill United Methodist Church.  He has been a Whitley County lifetime resident and farmer. He worked at Dana Weatherhead for 35 years. He was a member of Weatherhead Pioneer Club and Wolf Lake United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne F. Zumbrun of Columbia City; 2 sons, Mark A. and Thomas B. (Paula) Zumbrun both of Columbia City; daughter, Brenda (Rockey) Hall of Hixon, TN; 3 grandchildren, Evan, Landon and Cayden Hall; 3 step grandchildren, Virgil, Jr., Crystal and Michael Rowe; 4 step great grandchildren, Zane Mullins, Hayden Kaminski, Ava and Marshall Rowe.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Zumbrun and sister, Charlotte Kyler.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 2-8:00 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Bock of Wolf Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Zumbrun's memory to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Randy Grimes
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Jon and Amy Strack
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Just wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Uncle Mick is in good company, and right now I believe Grandpa, Dad, and Mick are up in heaven talking about tractors. We love you, and if theres anything we can do please ask.

Pat Henson
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Mark and family
So sorry to hear about Mick....I know Austin thought alot of him. Prayers are with you all.

Pat Henson

Keith and Rose Ann (Ness) Harris
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
I graduated from Columbia City High School in '57 with Mickey. We are sorry to hear of his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your lives.

Rod and Tammy Huston
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Aunt Dianne, Mark, Tom and Brenda, Rod and I are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Mick is in good company with dad and grandpa. They are surely talking about tractors. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
May God give you strenght in this time of grief and fond memories of Mickey A. Zumbrun, CCHS ALUMNI class of 1957. The ALUMNI of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Mickey Zumbrun's family.

Ted Gruver, class of 57
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Sorry to hear about Mickey, my classmate of CCHS 1957. I can remember Mickey as a teenager in high school and the fun times we had back in the 50's. All the memories I have of Mickey are wonderful and I am so sorry to
learn of his passing, but the memories are mine to keep forever.

God Bless Mickey, my classmate of CCHS 1957.

Connie Miller
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
Diane and family. I am so sorry to hear of Mick's passing. It was a shock. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I love you, my friend and please feel free to call me at any time. Connie

Marsha Sevits Brady
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
So sorry about Mickey. I graduated with him and if I remember right, he was having his appendix removed the night of graduation. We are praying God blesses you with the peace and comfort only He can give.

Joe & Mona Myers
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
Dianne & family,
Joe & I holding your entire family in Prayer for your loss. We know Mick is in a better place, the place we all are trying to reach, home with our FATHER. May God hold you in his arms during this time and the days to come.

Joe & Mona Myers

Dennis & Joy Bennett &Charles Bennett family
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
Dianne & Family
You have our thoughts and prayers, May Mick rest in peace and watch over your family and know that he will always watch over all of your family.He was a great guy.

Roger Metzger
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
To the Zumbrun family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time and in the days ahead. We know you will be lifted up by all the great memories you have of Mick.
When I learned about Mick's death, i began thinking about all the great times we had growing up as neighbors on Etna Road in Thorncreek Township. Our adult lives took us different directions and we didn't see each other often, but we developed a lifetime of memories in those early years.
We were pretty small when we started meeting at the little ditch in the pasture between our houses and had adventures looking for frogs, turtles,
snakes or anything alive. We also explored the "swamp" (that sometimes had water in it!) across from the old Humbarger/Moore place and worked, unsuccessfully, on various types of rafts.
Eventually, we graduated to using a limited number of matches and an old-fashioned folding metal camp stove and were entrusted to frying eggs that we thought were delicious but I'm sure wouldn't pass many people's taste approval.
We spent time climbing trees, looking at clouds and deciding what animals the various cloud shapes represented. We spent lots of time as cowboys, soldiers fighting Indians or anyone else we imagined as a threat ... we began roaming over our neighboring farms pretending to be hunters and trappers.
I began trapping when I was 8 and I think Mick started a few years later. Before we knew it we were old enough to be entrusted with guns and did some hunting together.
We became busy with our family farms ... plenty of work to go around there. And sometimes, depending who finished a harvest season first or needed help for one reason or another, our families worked together in the same fields.
Mick's parents and mine were good friends and visited with each other often. One favorite activity was gathering around the Metzger ice cream freezer as a batch was made. One of the last "rituals" for our parents that I recall, after we'd moved on up Etna Road to what's now the Bennett place, was getting together on Sunday evenings to visit, "watch" (something you have to be a geezer to understand!) the program "Name that Tune" on the radio and then have some refreshments.
Of course, there were some girl interests in our young lives! One memorable event was when Mick and I went with my parents to Old Settlers for the evening, eventually paired off with young ladies and went our separate ways. When I went to meet Mick at the appointed place and time, he was not there. I waited, my parents arrived, and I went on a "scouting" trip for Mick but couldn't find him.
We finally decided he must have found a ride home and we went there, only to learn he was not present! I believe Lulu stayed home, in case he showed up, and Tim went back to town with us. Don't remember where or how, but we quickly found Mick and loaded up the car for what was a totally quiet ride home.
The only words spoken the rest of that evening came from Mick as we pulled in the driveway and every light on the property was on. He said, "Looks like somebody left here in a hurry!" And those were the last words he ever spoke to me about the event ... seemed to be something he didn't want to talk about!
Eventually, jobs and for Mick, the military, put us on separate paths. But I learned an awful lot in my time growing up with Mick about what friendships really are ... what fun and fellowship and dreams and loyalty and respect mean ... and I'll never forget him.
Roger Metzger

Victoira M. Bennett & Family
   Posted Sat January 12, 2013
Diane and family,

On behalf of myself, my family and Charles and Vesta Bennett, I would like you and yours to know that you have our sympathy, and that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Sherry Dowell
   Posted Sun January 13, 2013
To the Zumbrun family, Dad & Mom - Charles and Vesta Bennett - always
enjoyed the friendship they have had with you over the years. They also
like having the "THE BOY'S", both as farmer's at the homeplace and as
friends "down on the corner." Mickey will be missed by alot of folks in the
Columbia City and Whitley County area. At this time, we pray for your
family to be comforted during this time, granted peace, and that you can
enjoy all your wonderful memories.

Kevin McGinnis
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
Dianne, I was saddened by the sickness and then passing of Mick. I'll always remember the day we worked on the church and you made chili for all of us. Ever since, I loved and appreciated both of you. I'm sorry for your and all of our loss of a dear man.

Roger & Lin
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
To Diane, Mick's children, grandchildren, family and friends

We were extremely shocked and saddened to learn of Mick's passing. He was such a good man, loving husband and father. His passing will be missed for so many people.

Love, Roger Johnson

Pamela Kidney
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
Diane our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jayma Adams Hanauer
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Dianne and family, I am so sorry.


Judy Mundy Adams
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Hi Dianne -- so sorry to learn of the loss of your sole mate and friend of 49 years. My heart is saddened by your loss. Please know I will be praying for you and your family.

Dan & Melanie Dahms
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Diane,Mark,Tom,Brenda and Family:

Just found out about Mickey's passing, a little late to attend so we are sorry for that. We pray for your healing and your life in the future. Before my wife found Mickey's obituary today, I had just driven down Etna Road and wondered how you were all doing, seems ironic. Mickey was another great man that will be missed!

Janet Grepke
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Diane & family, so very sorry for your loss. I did not know until a few minutes ago as I was searching through the obituaries and his name came up. I would have come had I known, although I didn't know Mick, feel like the Ruckmans are family. May God bless you all and may you cherish always the memories of Mick and good times.
Sincerely, Janet (Armstrong) Grepke

Janet Grepke
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Diane & family,
So sorry for your loss of Mick. Sorry I missed being there, I just found his name a few minutes ago as I was scrolling through obituaries. Although I didn't really know Mick, I consider the Ruckmans as family. May you feel God's presence and may he wrap you in his peace at this most difficult time.
God bless all of you, Janet (Armstrong) Grepke

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