Anthony "Tony" Edward Ruminer

August 14, 1923March 13, 2013
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Anthony "Tony" Edward Ruminer passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at home with family. Tony was born August 14, 1923, in Mount Vernon, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Helena (Niemeier) Ruminer; wife, Eileen (Behme) Ruminer; and sisters, Angela Golterman, Venita Sweeney and Arlene Perkins.

Tony is survived by his sister, Louise Ruminer Noelle; children, Ann (Mark) McDonald, Jane Ruminer, Brad (Nancy) Ruminer, Kent (Geralyn) Ruminer and Linn (Chuck) Brown; grandchildren, Karra McDonnell, Nancy McDonald Ladd, David Ruckman, Lena Ruminer, Anna Ruminer, Elissa Ruminer, Jessie Ruminer, Mattia Ruminer and Connor Brown; great-grandchildren, Eve Bilderback, Ruth Ladd, Charlotte Ruckman and Dorothy McDonnell; and nieces and nephews.

Tony was raised on a farm and had a lifelong love of nature, animals, trees and birds. He was a long time member of the Indiana Bluebird Society and provided nesting boxes and habitat for bluebirds.

He was an electrician and substation construction supervisor at Vectren/SIGECO for 42 years and enjoyed 27 years of retirement.

He and his late wife, Eileen, were active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church (County) since 1948, they received the Simon Brute Society award, were members of the Carpenter society, and he was a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul for most of his retirement.

Tony was a humble Christian man with great wisdom and he would be embarrassed that his children are saying these things about him. They think he was the greatest Dad in the world. He worked hard to provide a great life for his family and help his friends and neighbors. He always told his children that they were the pride and joy of his life and they always knew how much he loved them. By his quiet and consistent example he taught his children the importance of treating everyone with kindness, patience and understanding. He did not give them everything they asked for but instead gave them everything they needed and therefore gave them so much more in life.

Friends may visit from 2:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Alexander West Chapel, 2100 West Illinois Street, with a memorial service at 5:00 PM, and on Monday from 10:00 AM until service time at St. Joseph Catholic Church (County).

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 18, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church (County), 602 West St. Joseph Road, with Father Eugene Schroeder and Deacon Mark McDonald celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Deaconess Hospice, 600 Mary Street, Evansville, IN 47747 or St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry & Emergency Assistance, 809 North Lafayette Avenue, Evansville, IN 47711.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Deaconess Hospice, especially Lisa, Lori, Carolyn, Nancy and Tom, granddaughter Anna, and caregivers Karen, Sharon, Mary and Diane for the compassionate and gentle care they gave to our Dad. We also wish to thank Glenn, Joe, Rick, Rob, and Jim for their unselfish assistance whenever we called day or night.

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  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 18, 2013

Anthony "Tony" Edward Ruminer

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Kristy Steinhauer Misplay

March 21, 2013

~To the Ruminer Family~...You Have Our Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy in the Loss of Your Special Dad and Friend!!!...Our Prayers are With Each One at this Time...Really Enjoyed All Your Pictures You Posted Such Wonderful Memories of a Great Man, Dad and Grandfather and Great Grandfather...Mr. Ruminer will be Missed by Many,...Hold on to All the Special Things He Taught You...God Bless You All in the Coming Days,...Sending Christian Love and Hugs, Mike and Kristy Steinhauer Misplay and Kim Alan Steinhauer and (Our Momma Joyce Steinhauer)

Anita Layton

March 20, 2013

Dear Jane, I am sorry for your great loss. The photo gallery is a testament of the memories you will have to cherish always. God bless.

March 20, 2013

Jim Weikel

March 18, 2013

To all Tony's kids.
Tony was a great man and my family will forever love and cherish him. He was too wonderful, kind and generous to be just the patriarch of your clan. When my Mom and Dad passed he masterfully assumed that role with us.
We will love him and you all forever.
The Weikel's are so much better off for being a part of Tony's life, and he of ours. That is one of God's great blessings to us. Thank you all for the love you have shown us.

Don Montgomery

March 18, 2013

Jane, sorry to here about your dad. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Scott and Gina Titzer

March 18, 2013

Brad,Nancy and Family-
Sorry to hear about your father's/granfather's passing. Reading his obituary made me understand where you got your strong religious convictions. May you all remember the good times and not dwell on the difficulties at the end.

Ted?Marian Niemeier

March 18, 2013

Many a Weekend my parents,Whip and Kate Niemeier with my brother Jim and I {Ted} visit Uncle Roscoe' house. Being small children, we always looked at Anthony as a gentle giant. As the year went by, I had many chance to meet that quite gentle man. Because of the long wait at the funeral home, my wife and I were not able to stand for a long period of time. Please accept my deep sorrow for the lost of Anthony.

Steve Ritter

March 18, 2013

So sorry to hear of Chief's passing..... I have many fond memories at the Ruminer home. Whether it was playing with mercury (guess we will survive that one), watching our dads overhaul the Scout bus engine, working on a '64 Impala's rust problem or rescuing my drunk girlfriend from the lake, things were always fun and memorable.

Not sure why I started calling him Chief. I guess it was my way of being personal, but not so disrespectful as to call him Tony. Mr. Ruminer was a great man that I always enjoyed seeing. Time continues to march on, but I will always cherish the great memories of my childhood that I shared around him.

My sincere condolences to my friends, the Ruminer family.

Mark Wannemueller

March 17, 2013

I'll always cherish the memories of fishing with my Dad at your family's lake. My deepest sympathies to your family in this difficult time.

March 16, 2013

To all of Tony's Family,
The short time I cared for him I saw how much you all loved him & he knew it. May the memories when he was in better health comfort each one of you. You are all in my prayers.
Mary Johnson