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Donald John Gumpert


Donald John Gumpert, 100, of Bellefontaine, died peacefully Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at his residence, with two of his loving caregivers, Sharon Hoge and Renee Foster, by his side.

He was born in Urbana on July 14, 1912, a son of the late William Frederick and Dottie Mariah Whitmore Gumpert.

In 1952, he married the former Mary Artz and she preceded him in death in 2007. He is survived by two great nieces, Marcy Foley of Parrish, Fla., and Lissa Teoman of San Mateo, Calif.; two great nephews, Jeffrey Pinkerton of Springfield and Jonathon Pinkerton of Minneapolis; many close friends and faithful caregivers.

A 1931 graduate of Urbana High School, he attended Urbana Junior College before embarking on a sales career that eventually brought him to Bellefontaine from the Howard Supply Store in Urbana to run the company’s new outlet in Bellefontaine in 1952 following World War II. Later he and several of his employees including Dick Lyman, Charley Cozad, John Duff and Junior Bell, founded the A&I Supply Company in 1968, which operated until their retirements.

Drafted into the Army in 1942 and following training in automotive maintenance, he was sent to Egypt via a 40-day voyage, with stops in Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town, South Africa.

Having visited several countries during his Army service, he was inspired to see more of the world with his wife. They traveled through much of North America and overseas including Egypt, Israel, Europe and Asia.

Both he and his wife were pillars in the First Christian Church, where they served as elders, teachers and choir members.

He was a long time active member of the Kiwanis Club and the Loganairres Barbershop Chorus.

Gene Marine officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the funeral Thursday. Burial is in Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to Logan County Weekday Religious Education, P.O. Box 245, Bellefontaine 43311, in his memory and in honor of the late Rev. and Mrs. Keith McNeill.

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