HAROLD R. BRUMMEL
Harold (Dick) Brummel, 95, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away on November 14, 2020 at the home. Dick was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Harold J. and Helen (Stretz) Brummel on September 29, 1925. He graduated from Rockhurst College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree after having spent two years in Europe during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years Mary, sons Dick (Jane), Mark (Carolyn), David (Denise), Mike (Diane), daughter Patty Brummel and daughter in law Susan Forward, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his parents, son Phil Brummel and grandson Benjamin Brummel.
Dick worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a salesman for over twenty years and then in private accounting for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1989. At that time, he Mary, and Patty lived in Joplin, Mo where they called home for 15 years, moving to Lee’s Summit in 1995.
Dick was a proud man. He was proud to be a son of parents that raised him through the depression years. A time that caused moves from Kansas City to Boonville, Mo, Bedford Indiana, California Mo and finally to Lee’s Summit where he grew up and graduated from the Lee’s Summit High School.
Dick was proud of his service to his country serving in the Army from 1944 through 1946. He spent the winter of 1944/1945 marching across Europe and was part of a small contingent of soldiers that met up with the Russians at the Elbe River in April 1945. He always said that he got cold in December 1944 and never warmed up! Dick received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.
Dick was extremely proud of his sons’ accomplishments through life. From sports to college degrees, business accomplishments and especially raising their own children.
Dick reserved a special type of pride for his daughter Patty, who he described as a true light in their lives. Patty attended State Schools for the Mentally Retarded until age 21 and then began her work career at sheltered workshops in Joplin and Kansas City. Patty lived with Dick and Mary until 2005, when she moved into the Cabrini house with five other ladies and still lives there today. Dick would say that the day she moved in was the toughest day of his life!
Dick, Mary and Patty enjoyed many driving trips throughout the United States. His last big trip was to Washington DC with the Heartland Honor Flight for WWII veterans. He made this trip even though he had been in the hospital just weeks before. When he set his mind to something it generally happened.
Dick’s entire family will miss his level-headed, logical thinking, quiet manner and the love he showed them.
Mass services will be 11:00AM Wednesday November 18, 2020 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, Lee’s Summit, Mo with visitation prior from 10:00 – 11:00. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Raytown, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Presentation Church or Bishop Sullivan Center.