Rick was born at Fox Hospital in Oneonta, NY on January 13, 1949 to Henry and Hilma Aleksa Rumenapp, immigrants from Germany.
As a teenager, he enjoyed raising beagles, working in the garden, going hunting and driving his cars. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School in 1968, first working on a farm, then at the Jamesway Shoe Store and finally 40 years in multiple jobs on the Railroad including Penn Station in Selkirk, D&H in Oneonta, NYSW in Cooperstown, and D&H CP Rail in Binghamton. He spent his entire life in New York State, living in Oneonta, Milford and the last 35 years in Franklin.
He was a Life Member of the NRA, past member of the Crumhorn Oneonta Sportsman Club, the Milford Fire and Emergency Squad, the Eagles and Elk Clubs, and the American Legion. He was an American Red Cross Blood Donor for decades, preaching the importance of changing his own “oil” to save the lives of others.
He loved the Steelers, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, watching the 3 Stooges and MASH reruns, gardening, the Old South and Gettysburg, breakfast at Morey’s with friends, Cans and Clams with Dave Lane, Wednesday lunches with his brothers Frank and Heinz, hunting at Fred’s cabin, watching the sunset from his backyard, his 1973 Dodge Charger, raft trips down the Delaware with Glen and Janet, Sunday rides on country backroads, but most of all he loved his wife Ginny, playing with his grandchildren and spending time with his family.
He was a meticulous homeowner, an avid hunter and loved bird watching. He collected guns, coins, stamps, trains, and Hess trucks. He loved to have a good time and always encouraged others to do so.
He drove us all crazy listening to the fire/police scanner, playing loud music, chasing deer from his backyard and complaining about politics. 🙂
He is survived by his wife Ginny Carey Rumenapp of 12 years; his son Derrick (Amy) Rumenapp and grandchildren Megan and Matthew; his daughter Katie (Jason) Haag and grandson Ryan; stepchildren Carey, Shannon, Kelli, and Daniel Patrick;a total of 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; In-laws Ron and Nancy Lane, Mel and Birdie Painther, William Carey, Mark and Verna Jones; his brother Frank Rumenapp with nephew Josh Rumenapp and niece Jillian Eastman; and his sister Zillah (Jim) Frampton with nephew Jeff and niece Alissa.
Rick is predeceased by his mother Hilma, Father Henry and brother Heinz.
In celebration of his life, calling hours will be Friday, May 7 from 5 to 7 pm at the Bookhout Funeral Home located at 357 Main St., Oneonta, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8th at 11am at the Bookhout Funeral Home officiated by Joe Digorri. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern NY in Albany or to the St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, both causes he cared about deeply.
Dad’s final message: “I had a good time on Earth. See ya all on the other side!” Due to COVID restrictions, please wear a mask and respect social distance requirements.