Arthur E. “Art” Drumm, 84, of Marysville, a lifetime resident of Union County, died on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, at Carriage Court Assisted Living, Marysville.
He was born on the Drumm Family Homestead on Dec. 6, 1929, one of 14 children, to the late Francis and Evelyn Warner Drumm. He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Henry and Marilyn Brown; and four brothers, Lloyd, Robert, Stanley and Donald Drumm.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Roberta R. Bumpus Drumm, whom he married March 22, 1952 in Reno, Nev.; three daughters, Jeanene (Ralph Davis) Briggs of Peachtree City, Ga., Kimberly (Randy) Smith of Canon City, Colo., and Rebecca (Tom) Mash of Middlesboro, Ky.; six grandchildren, Kimberly Beightler, Christopher “Matt” (Maria) Beightler, Stephen Beightler, Joshua Bradford, Anna (Shawn) Hyde and Austin “Hunter” Smith; three great-grandchildren, Eric Maxwell Velasco, Cameron Hyde and Kaylyn Hyde; his siblings, Pearl (Betty) Drumm, Carl Drumm, Wilma Noonan, Gloria Oates, Richard Drumm, Rodney (Patsy) Drumm and Francis (Marie) Drumm Jr.; a sister-in-law, Beatrice Hale; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and good friends, including David Green.
He and his wife, Roberta, were the owners of Marysville Rotary Broom Service from 1965 to 1985. In 1986, he established Drumm Industries, a push broom and specialty broom manufacturer. He was awarded multiple patents in the broom industry.
In 2003, he formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Tom Mash, and established Custom Auger Systems, which specialized in horizontal earth augers. The two were granted a patent for the first horizontal boring auger design. He was well-known for repairing farm implements and machinery for his neighbors and friends.
He was a 1948 graduate of Marysville High School and attended tool and die training following his military service. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War era. He was a member of American Legion, Union Post 79.
For many years, he and his family enjoyed weekends at Indian Lake. During his retirement, his daily routine consisted of coffee breaks and his practical jokes with family and friends at Burger King and McDonald’s. He also enjoyed feeding the deer and birds at his home.
Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Underwood Funeral Home, Marysville, where the Rev. Jerry McQueen officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial is at Oakdale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society.