Joseph Paul Rumberger Jr.

July 27, 1929 ~ December 30, 2020


Jan. 4, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Larkin Mortuary Riverton 3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, Utah
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  • Joseph Paul Rumberger, age 91, departed this life on December 30, 2020. He was born on July 27, 1929 to Joseph Paul Rumberger, Sr. and Helen Africa Kline. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather,great grandfather and great-great grandfather. He was greatly beloved by all of his family. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in the temple for many years. He was a humble man but had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. He loved attending church and serving others.

    Joe was preceded in death by his parents, a younger brother, Robert, his wife of 55 years, Pauline Marjorie Worthington, and their first child, Steven. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Young and his sweet wife, Leona Mae Makemson. His surviving posterity includes 3 daughters, Susan Romney, Karen Spencer, and Janet Hale; 17 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

    Joe was a man of many talents and interests. As a young man he served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a 2nd class electrician. He was a contractor by trade. He loved animals, gardening and farming. He also loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors. His real passion for many years was competing in equestrian competitions such as cutting and team penning. He also loved helping and serving his family, neighbors and friends.

    Our family wants to express our deepest gratitude and thanks to his neighbors, friends, ward members, and health care providers for the countless ways they helped him, served him, and loved him. He will be greatly missed by so many because he touched so many lives.


    I had the opportunity to work with Joe off and on with a home health company. I enjoyed feeding the calf with him, driving in the golf cart, attending to his garden, attempting to fix a broken pipe that watered his garden where we got drenched and last but not least, getting to make eggnog sugar cookies with him. He was a kind man whom I enjoyed getting to know. I'll miss you, Joe.

    - Allyson Douglass
    Joe was a wonderful friend and neighbor. We seemed to connect with Joe and Leona right after they moved into the ward and have enjoyed many happy hours together since. Joe is amazing. When most are content to sit in their easy chair, he was working in his garden, feeding the neighbor’s horses, tinkering in his garage, or traveling to visit friends in his golf cart. He always had a project in mind and couldn’t be dissuaded from finishing it. Often neighbors and friends stepped in to help. A broken hip slowed him down, but didn’t stop him. At age 90 he bought a calf to raise, and keeping it fed and happy kept Joe content and happy as well. We miss you, Joe, your many phone calls, your ever positive attitude, taking you to the doctor, helping with your projects, and your faith in our Savior. We look forward to associating with you again. Steve & Patricia Sonntag

    - Steve & Patricia Sonntag
    Joe is deeply resting in my mind. Serving with him in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple was my privilege. He is a kind and loving gentleman , whom I look forward to again put my arms around. I expect that on that day his arms will be stronger than our last embrace. Love you Joe❤️ Ken Asay (President)

    - Ken Asay
    We love Joe’s so much! He was such a great neighbor and friend. We learned a lot from Joe. Especially, how important it was to live life. He never gave up and was always doing something that he enjoyed. He was amazing!

    - Jay and Laurel Hill
    Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will miss Joe very much. He was an asset to our neighborhood and Ward. He was an excellent example of faith, personal strength and perseverance, and was a good friend. We will miss seeing him driving down the road in his Cadillac (golf cart). We hope to see him again.

    - Gene & Janice Wright
    You will be forever missed Grandpa❤️ God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to Me” With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away and although we love you dearly we could not make you stay. A Golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.

    - Jennifer Rodriguez