Richard George Kumpf

October 4, 1930September 2, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Richard George Kumpf, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 12:59 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria.

Born October 4, 1930 in Pekin to Carl Milo and Mary Irene (Twohig) Kumpf, he married Roberta Eileen “Bobbie” Bowman on December 3, 1950 in Pekin. She died May 28, 2021 in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary (Kumpf) Ranney and two brothers, Charles and Paul Kumpf.

Surviving are three daughters, Cindy (Charles) Johnson of Loudon, Tennessee, Becky (Brad) VonDerHeide of Pekin and Connie (Paul) Eames of South Berwick, Maine; seven grandchildren, Penny (Stephen) Wilkinson, Tanya (Scott) Hoskins, Jenny (Justin) Yancey, Elizabeth (Brad) Zimmerman, Jim Conway, Jason (Sara) Eames and Richard (Jodi) Eames and 14 great-grandchildren.

Richard was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army.

He worked at Herget Bank for 39 years serving in many positions, lastly as a Facility Manager, before retiring in 1993. Prior to that, he worked at Broederick & Bascomb Rope Co. in Bartonville, J.C. Penney’s in downtown Pekin and the Arlington Restaurant in Pekin as a cook. He also worked construction with his brother-in-law, Darrell Bowman.

A God loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Richard enjoyed family times, bookkeeping and his church.

Richard was a member of Pekin First Church of the Nazarene and was a former member of Pekin Bible Church, where he had served as a former board member, treasurer and was active in the Men’s Fellowship Group. He also formerly served as the treasurer for the American Cancer Society of Tazewell County and was bookkeeper for multiple businesses in Pekin area.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene. Rev. W. Lloyd Brock will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin. Military rites will be provided by the United States Army and Tazewell Military Rites Team.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The family would like to thank the staff at Pekin Manor for care that they provided Richard (especially those that called him “Dad”).

Memorial contributions may be made to Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, 3514 Broadway Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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  • Paul Eames
  • Jim Conway
  • Jason Eames
  • Greg Ranney
  • Brad Zimmerman
  • Brad VonDerHeide
  • Rich Eames, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ron Walker, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Justin Yancey, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Hoskins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charles Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Wilkinson, Honorary Pallbearer



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021


  • Burial


Richard George Kumpf

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Penny Wilkinson

September 18, 2021

What a glorious celebration you must be having meeting Jesus and reuniting with your bride of 70 years, sweet Grandma Bobbie. You were always, "Waiting on Bobbie" and I know you've been ready to go home all summer. Grandpa, you mark the end of an era for some of us grandkids. Thank you for the good memories of my all the times three or four generations gathered at your home, I can still hear all the laughter, and the year you and Grandma let me live with you while I was figuring out life. See you when God calls me home!

Karen Willis

September 14, 2021

Cindy, Becky, Connie and families,
I am praying for God's peace and comfort for you all during this time of loss.
Precious in the sight of The Lord, is the death of His saints.
~Psalm 116:15~
We can only imagine what glorious things Dick is seeing now, with Bobbie at his side.
The service today, for Dick, was beautiful.
I love you all. I will carry many cherished memories of your dear, precious Mom and Dad, forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing Dick & Bobbie with me and my family. ❤

With love,

Jenny Yancey

September 14, 2021

Grandpa, I am so happy for you! Sad for us but thrilled for you! I KNOW God has forgiven you of all sin, and I wish I could have seen Grandma, in her new body, run to you to welcome you into heaven! I bet she was surprised you arrived so quickly behind her, but I’m sure she was equally ecstatic that you hurried up to get to her. Live it up in your new healthy body and tell the other family members we will see them “soon”. I wonder if you ran to Jesus, dropped to your knees, cried, sang or if you couldn’t even speak. I will know one day. Love you, Grandpa!

Cindy Johnson

September 14, 2021

I'm going to miss you, but so happy that you are with Mom again and both of you with Jesus. I know you were ready for that wonderful reunion whenever God chose to take you home to be with Him.. My sisters and I were so blessed that God gave you so many years to be with us. You listened and gave advice, but reminded us to trust God in our decisions because He is in control. Missing you, but letting you go and looking forward to the day when I'll see you and Mom again.

Becky VonDerHeide

September 13, 2021

Dad…I miss you so much! It’s so very strange not to get to see you every day! Jo misses you on Sunday morning saying, “Get in the car, Chubs…we’re going to church!” I know you are happy to see Mom and meet Jesus…what a glorious day! I’ll miss our cribbage games and all our discussions during our games. Thank you for your positive attitude, sense of humor and the blessing you have been in my life! I thank God for giving me the Dad He knew I would need. Love you yesterday, today and always!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Amy Willis

September 13, 2021

Saying goodbye is never easy.
Especially to someone who was so kind.
Growing up, I could always tell when you got to our house from the sound of your laughter and Jimmy running in to say hi 🙂
I'm sad that you are gone, but I feel a sense of peace and comfort knowing you are at home with the Lord, and reunited with Grandma Bobbie❤
The two of you were such a positive influence, and I will forever be thankful to have had you in my life.
Thank you for the love and kindness given to us. You will be missed.
Until we meet again ❤

Richard Eames

September 12, 2021

Grandpa, I love you and miss you! I have joy knowing you are in heaven with Jesus and grandma. Thanks for allowing me to share your name even if I didn’t think so when I was younger. I will miss the waffles, sausage and homemade syrup. Every t-storm I think “good show Lord”. I love you grandpa and will see you again someday!!

Connie Eames

September 7, 2021

Oh Daddy, how I miss you already!! It seems so strange not to have our nightly 700 pm phone calls and me telling you what was on tv to watch every night. You were the best Daddy a girl could ever ask for. Thank you for raising us to know our great God. He is always in control! I am sure Mom was so very glad to see you!! We love you with all our hearts and miss you terribly. Love your Angel Connie Rae

Kathy Blake

September 7, 2021

Cindy and family my sincerest condolences. I remember your dad from Herget Bank. What a kind and gentle spirit. May God comfort you now and the days ahead.

teresa reynolds

September 7, 2021

I have very fond memories of working with Dick at the Herget Bank at Broadway and Parkway. I opened the facility with him and having the best friends working there as well made for such fun work days. Kris Von Der Heide, Cathy McNeal and myself had the best times with Dick. He thought we were crazy girls and he was like having Dad at work. Many prayers to you and your family.
Teresa Vance Reynolds