John Frederick Mumm

November 21, 1923March 17, 2014
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John Frederick Mumm, 90, of Charlotte, NC, passed away at home Monday after a long illness. He was surrounded by family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothea, who passed away in Charlotte in 2010. They were married 62 years.

Mumm was born November 21, 1923 in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late John Francis Mumm and Pauline Nehr Mumm. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eunice Mumm Rossborough.

He was a World War II veteran and served as a 1st Lieutenant and was a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces, stationed in Lavenham, England. He was part of the 487th Bomb Group in the European Theater. He flew many combat missions during his military service from 1943 to 1945 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Oak Leaf Clusters.

After service to his country, he returned home and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mumm was a professional engineer, with licenses in North Carolina, New York, Washington State, California and Alaska and had a long tenure in the power engineering business. However, he worked on projects around the world. He was credited with a handful of patents in the electric and nuclear power field. During his career, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory, Babcock & Wilcox, Carolina Power and Light, EBASCO and UltraSystems. He retired in 1990.

Earlier in his life, he was an active tennis player and golfer. He was also known to rebuild cars. He had a love for reading and history – and was a life-long student of the Civil War.

He is survived by his five children; daughters, Dorothea Mumm Irwin and husband, Steve, of Kokomo, Ind., and Anita Mumm Wheeless and husband, Randy, of Charlotte, and sons, Jonathan J. Mumm and wife, Roberta, of Claremont, Calif., Frederick F. Mumm and wife, Teresa, of Calabasas, Calif., and Christopher G. Mumm of Charlotte. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild; Jennifer M. Formwalt of Athens, Ga.; Zachary A. Formwalt and wife, Stine, and great-grandchild, Fia of Amsterdam, Holland; Meghan Formwalt Shann and husband, Taylor, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Catalina Mumm of Los Angeles; Andrew Mumm and wife, Elsbeth, of San Jose, Calif., John T. Mumm and wife, Emily, of New York City, Daniel J. Mumm of Claremont, Calif., Jeffrey D. Mumm of Claremont, Calif., Nestor Mumm-Altuve of Tallahassee, Fla., and Colette M. Wheeless, Amelia A. Wheeless and Kent A. Wheeless, all of Charlotte.

A Rosary Service will be held from 6:30 until 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, with the family receiving friends following until 8:30 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Mint Hill. Fr. Patrick Hoare of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Thursday, March 20 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Mint Hill.

A special thanks to Rhonda Gordon, Angela Overton and Blanche Reid, who cared for him at home during his final few years.

Arrangements under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service - Mint Hill Chapel, Mint Hill, NC.


  • Rosary Followed By A Visitation Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 20, 2014

John Frederick Mumm

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Leonard Loflin

March 25, 2014

Your father, your grandfather – John – was a good man. I know he is missed by you in the way only a close relative can understand. I worked with John at CP&L during the mid 1970's. He was my immediate supervisor and a friend. We traveled together from time to time on nuclear project related business. I was always amazed at how much he could carry in his old leather brief case. He taught me many things and instilled a confidence that has served me well throughout my career. I count myself lucky that I was briefly in his presence. I did not know John was in Charlotte. I am sorry I missed the chance to reconnect with him. Thanks for sharing him with me.

Amelia Wheeless

March 19, 2014

I woke up this morning with a text from my Mother informing me that my Grandfather had died this morning a little after 4am. It's amazing how things have changed... How much older we have all gotten....

But I will never forget how excited we would be as kids to go out to Lake Forest, California every other summer to see my Grandparents.

Waking up in the morning and running Into grandma an grandpas room to partake in their coffee and newspaper time.

Taking walks to the "duck pond" and walking up to "Video 99" to rent a movie, then getting slurpies at 7/11 and lottery tickets!

Playing with Grandpas binoculars and flashlights - he had the coolest gadgets!

Going to the club house pool and making sure everyone was watching as I dove off the diving board. Going to the beach ... And making blanket forts with card tables in the backyard.

Grandpa had so many stories to tell and he was such a patient person, I don't think I'd ever seen him get very upset.

Grandpa always had a book he was reading and loved watching old war movies. He loved ice cream just as much if not more than I do!

I will never forget him dishing up my ice cream on night ... We called it an "edgy" where you'd practically take 1/2 the carton in one scoop!

So please pray for my Grandpa's soul and I know he will be with my Grandma now, in a much better place than here.

Brenda Wheeless

March 19, 2014

Although I did not know your Dad personally, I can tell that he was a very special man because of the person that you are. You have been a wonderful and caring daughter and I'm sure that he was so very proud of you.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time. With much love....Brenda (sister-in-law)

Steve Koepp

March 19, 2014

Remembering fondly Uncle John, who will be long revered among his nieces and nephews, including this one. He was a great guy, a man of worldly accomplishment yet one with plenty of time for us kids, a storyteller who always got our attention with the twist at the end, signaled by, "Turns out that..." Well, it turns out that he raised a remarkable family and made an unforgettable impression on the rest of us. --Steve Koepp, nephew, on behalf of all the Koepps

Kathy and Dan Conley

March 18, 2014

Your Dad was truly such a special father, grandfather and loving husband. Though I know the loss of his physical presence is devastating. I hope you can take comfort in how happy your mother and he are to be reunited in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

Teresa Viso-Olsson

March 18, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and take you through this difficult time.
Love Teresa Viso-Olsson and Michael Olsson

Trish Morita-Mullaney

March 18, 2014

What a wonderful legacy your dad has left your family. Sending you prayers and love as you remember him dearly.

Dorothea Mumm Irwin

March 18, 2014

We also want to thank my Dad's devoted Hospice Care Team: Lenee, Tracy, Michael, Carrie, Ashley, Sean, Brenda, Carol, Teresa and all those who showed such love and care for him.

Tina Whisnant

March 17, 2014

Your memories will bring you joy in the future, he must have been a wonderful guy. Wish I had been fortunate enough to know him. God bless him for his service to our country. His genes will live on in you, Anita, and the kids; do not despair, for he will live as long as your memories do. My thoughts are with you and the family. Much love to you all.

Francisca Yarur

March 17, 2014

All my love to the family. I feel honored to have known him and I wish him happy trails to meet his beloved Dorothea.