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In Memory of

Thomas Wayne Mummey

February 27, 1923 - April 21, 2017

Obituary


Tom Mummey of Portland Oregon died in his home among friends and family on Friday, April 21, 2017 He was 94 years of age. Thomas Wayne Mummey was born February 23, 1923 to parents Wayne and Maurine Mummey in Portland Oregon.

World War 11 was a precedent, he enlisted in the Navy and reported for active duty on February 12, 1943. Trained as a radio tech, and on an amphibious landing craft, Tom participated in the largest, sea, land, and air operation in history, known as D-Day--the invasion of Normandy France--liberating France from Germany....

Tom Mummey of Portland Oregon died in his home among friends and family on Friday, April 21, 2017 He was 94 years of age. Thomas Wayne Mummey was born February 23, 1923 to parents Wayne and Maurine Mummey in Portland Oregon.

World War 11 was a precedent, he enlisted in the Navy and reported for active duty on February 12, 1943. Trained as a radio tech, and on an amphibious landing craft, Tom participated in the largest, sea, land, and air operation in history, known as D-Day--the invasion of Normandy France--liberating France from Germany. He was part of establishing communications between Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in England and Gen. George Patton on the battlefield.

The letters and persistence of one young lady paid off. Returning home from the war, Tom married Elaine Durst in the Multnomah Presbyterian Church on July 11, 1945. He established their home and raised four children. They were married for 69 years. Tom graduated from the University of Portland in May of 1949. attaining his B. A. in business administration, preparing him for life as a business man. He soon established a business on Barbur Boulevard. The I-5 freeway project forced him to move to Multnomah where he established a Western Auto store known as Mummey's. As time moved on the Western Auto aspect of the store faded into history and outdoor power equipment sales and repair became the major thrust of the business. Toro mowers were the centerpiece product.

Tom retired from the business in 1989 and went to work for the Toro distributor for the next six years or so. Tom never failed to stay busy. Not far from his former store, at the Multnomah Senior Center he taught the AARP's driver safety course for about 12 years, (three classes spring and fall). He served as an elder at both Beaverton and West Hills Christian Churches. He was an active member of the Gideon's organization for many years, doing his part in the distribution of God's word along with his wife Elaine.

The last few years of his life, he and Elaine would find rest and relaxation on cruise ship centered vacations. Elaine died in June of 2014. The loss of his bride took some of the wind out of his sails. The Multnomah Senior Center had been a part of his life for years , and now even more so. He enjoyed many mornings and afternoons there, visiting with friends and playing cards. His visits to the center tapered off as his health started to fail. He will be missed dearly.

Tom was preceded in death by Elaine Mummey, and by daughter Maurine Ruesterholz. He is survived by his daughter Marcille Wagner of Portland, and sons Daniel Mummey of Waldport, OR and Alan Mummey of Portland, OR; grandchildren Karl Ruesterholz, Kurt Ruesterholz, Elsa Rusterholz, Samuel Wagner, Andrea Roeser, and Korin Mummey; and great-grandchildren Taylor Bradley, Daniel Roeser, Preston Murders, and Brennan Turner. Tom Mummey's service will be at Willamette National Cemetery on Friday, the 19th of May, at 12:30 PM. where he will be interred.

Arrangements under the direction of Young's Funeral Home, Tigard, OR.