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Richard C. "Rich" Bumba    

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[March 17, 2018]  BLOOMINGTON - Richard Cotter Bumba, 77, of Bloomington, died suddenly on February 13, 2018.

Celebration of Life: April 7, 2018, 10 a.m. to Noon at Westminster Village, 2025 East Lincoln Street, in Bloomington

Funeral home:  Quiram Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta


Richard Cotter Bumba, 77, of Bloomington, died suddenly on February 13, 2018. He was born December 3, 1940, in Chicago, to Edward and Alicia Cotter Bumba, and married Ellen Rich Bumba on March 29, 1966. An educator for over 34 years, Rich served as a teacher and school administrator in Amboy, IL, before retiring in 1997 as a superintendent in Lincoln. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University; Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and Certificate of Advanced Study from Northern Illinois University.

Rich was a great storyteller who regularly “held court” with all who were blessed to know him. He never met a stranger and enjoyed the simple pleasures found in spending time with friends and family. In the end, he had few regrets and felt his life was truly blessed. Rich was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his large family and wonderful friends.

He is survived by his siblings: Edward (Diane) Bumba of St. Louis, MO; Donna (Kent) Smith of Palm Desert, CA; Bob (Kalah) Bumba of Salinas, CA; and Ron (Leslie) Bumba of New Hampton, IA; and his five children: Scott (Lynn) Bumba of Hoffman Estates; Ronda (Colvin) Lewis of Griffin, GA; Jenny Bumba of Dixon; Alicia (Kenny) Haller of Chicago; and Jonathan (Cynthia) Bumba of Austin, TX.

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He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Morgan Spaeth, Jessica (Drew) Gibbs, Cheyenne (Joseph) Lavallie, Brett Lewis, Paige Lewis, Ethan Haller, Grayson Bumba, Zander Bumba, Jeremy Meaker, Jessica Meaker, Jennifer (Jose) Flores; and five great-grandchildren. Rich was preceded in death by his beloved wife and his parents.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives for a celebration of Rich's life on April 7, 2018, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Westminster Village, 2025 East Lincoln Street, in Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Westminister Village Foundation at http://www.westminstervillage

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta is assisting the family with arrangements.

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