Wilbert Gumm, Jr. (1922 – 2007)

Wilbert P. ?Bill? Gumm, Jr., age 85, died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Becker Shoop Center.

Bill was born on April 11, 1922 to Wilbert and Amalia (Froehlich) Gumm in Milwaukee.

He graduated from Washington High School.

He enlisted in the Army Signal Corps August 27, 1940 and served as a radio and radar operator.

He graduated from UW Madison with a Bachelors Degree in Communications in 1949.

He became a radio announcer at WHA Madison, WNAM in Neenah-Menasha, and WRAC in Racine. He was at WRJN for 36 years as an announcer, salesman and in 1969 the manager. He retired on November 30, 1986.

Bill married Nancy (Held) on May 4, 1968 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

Bill was elected County Board Supervisor from 1988 until 2002 and was on the Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Commission.

He was involved in many civic organizations. Being a speech major, he was always involved in the Wednesday Oratorical Contest.

Bill was a member of the Henry Gumm American Legion Post 486 in Jackson Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife; her children Terri (nee: Held) (Tom) Drover, Tom (Heidi) Held; grandchildren Vicki and Jacob Drover; a brother Charles (Carol) Gumm; sister-in -law Margaret Gumm; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Robert and Lester (Marjorie) Gumm; his first wife Dorothy (nee: Seidel) Gumm in 1965.

Thank you to the staff and caregivers at Becker Shoop Center and the Odyssey Hospice Group.

A funeral service will take place at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 6:15pm. (3319 Washington Ave.) Visitation will be at the Church from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. A private family burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gethsemane Lutheran Church Window Fund or the Wednesday Optimist Club Scholarship Fund would be appreciated.

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