Van M. Rumple

Born: Thu., Feb. 14, 1946
Died: Tue., Aug. 24, 2021


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 27, 2021
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

6:00 PM Fri., Aug. 27, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Van M. Rumple, age 75, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Illini Community Hospital. He was born on February 14, 1946 in Pittsfield, IL to George and Eileen Shelton Rumple. Van married Rita Hammitt on April 24, 1965 in Hermann, MO and she survives.

When Van was born, he was one of the first sets of triplets born in Pittsfield, IL. He and his brothers were very athletic and Van was always very proud of the fact that they were the only set of triplets that played basketball and went on to win the Illinois State Tournament for the 1958 Griggsville Eagles basketball team. He graduated from Griggsville High School in 1964. Over the years he worked for National Starch and went on to begin his career as a policeman. He took his law enforcement training in Belleville, IL. After completing his training he worked as a deputy sheriff in several counties, spending the bulk of his career in Brown County as a K-9 officer retiring in 2004. He loved to fish and enjoyed woodworking, crafting numerous pieces for family and friends. One of his greatest joys was attending and watching his grandchildren in their activities. He enjoyed watching/listening to the news and always knew how to take a good nap with his fur buddy, Romeo.

Van is survived by his wife, Rita Rumple; son, Marc (Linda) Rumple of Troy, MO; six grandchildren, Bradley (Kelsey) Rumple of Pittsfield, IL, Brock (Alesha) Rumple of Troy, MO, Brett (Kristen Smith) Rumple of Waverly, IL, Emily (Brian) Chabue of Cincinnati, OH, Rachel (Micah) Lasater of Troy, MO and Josh (Claire) Patterson of Hannibal, MO; two great grandchildren, Gannon and Reagan; three step great grandchildren, Noelle, Viola and Ella; brothers, Vern (Lynn) Rumple of Swayzee, IN and Val (Julie Potter) Rumple of Springfield, IL; and brother in law, Jeff (Shirley) Hammitt of Stuart, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Eileen Rumple; son, Eric Milton Rumple; and in laws, Norman and Alberta Hobson Hammitt.

Cremation rites have been accorded and funeral service will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home with visitation to be held prior to the service from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to be made to Pike County D.A.R.E. program. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Van's memory to the following organization:

Pike County DARE Program

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Mike Bradshaw
   Posted Wed August 25, 2021
Sorry to hear of Van's passing. Our condolences to Rita and the family.

Robin L Hobson
   Posted Thu August 26, 2021
Rita so very sorry to hear of Van's passing. Prayers for you and the family.

Travis Dunlap
   Posted Fri August 27, 2021
Sorry to hear the news. Our heart goes out to the whole Rumple family. Travis & Stacy Dunlap

Larry Bartlett
   Posted Sun August 29, 2021
OH My! So sorry to read of Van's passing. I remember when the Triplets were born and how excited everyone was. I remember the teasing that George took about the triplets. And watching them grow into fine young men and all the excitement and pride they brought with their athletic prowess. Rest in Peace Van! You will be missed......

Curt & Annette Hannig
   Posted Wed September 01, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear of Van's passing. We have so many memories of Van of the many years of working with him here in Brown County. He was a very good man. He always liked to give us a hard time too!! He was a very good deputy here in our county and served us well, being very fair but stern when needed! We worked with him on many occasions some good some bad. He was always professional. Van had a compassionate heart and really cared for the residents of the counties that he served. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He will truly be missed by so many!! May God wrap his loving arms around you all and help you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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