Robert F. “Captain Bob” Rumball, age 74, of Erie, died unexpectedly from a work related accident in Tidioute early Sunday morning, August 21, 2011. He was born in Erie on July 30, 1937, a son of the late Raymond and Ruth Winchester Rumball and son-in-law of the late Harold and Ione Hultman.
He attended East High School and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957. He was a member of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community. He had a good sense of humor and his hobbies included: boating, horseback riding, and watching westerns, especially, John Wayne. He loved to work and enjoyed teaching people “the ropes” in life. Captain Bob was a self-employed “Jack of all trades.“
He owned the tugboat “Jiggs” and operated his own business for the past 40 years at Marina Maintenance and Home Boys/Trash Rangers. He is also remembered for towing the Brig Niagara with the “Jiggs” in 1988 and 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Hultman Rumball; six children, Douglas Rumball and his wife, Serene, of Harborcreek, Kimberly Rumball Miller and her fiancé, Ed Panik, of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Richard Rumball and his wife, Deborah, of Raleigh, N.C., Amie Marracino and her husband, David, of Chesapeake, Va., Carolyn Huff and her husband, Terry, of Eighty-Four, Pa., and April Gambill and her husband, Paul, of Erie. 25 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Leone of Reno, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Arrangements were handled by the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.