Herbert George Gumpf (“Bert”), 89, of Chippewa Township, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Born on November 6, 1928, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to John and Elizabeth Gumpf, Bert graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1946 having played football for the Tigers. He went on to graduate from The Pennsylvania State University in 1956 with a degree in landscape architecture.
He was married to Boblyn Elaine Olson for 63 years until her passing on June 26, 2015.
Bert was a Korean War veteran, a longtime member of the Rotary, volunteer for the Salvation Army, member of the NRA and a lifelong hunter. Golf was his favorite pastime golfing 18 holes twice a week until the very day before he died. (He won his last round.)
Bert was a prominent businessman owning and operating Gumpf Gardens’ Landscape Company and, with his wife, Gumpf’s Garden Center. Bert was named Nurseryman of the Year by the Pennsylvania Nurseryman’s Association where he had served as president. His creativity and knowledge of landscape architecture and plants was unsurpassed.
In 2016, Bert endowed a scholarship that will last in perpetuity in his and his wife’s names at his beloved Penn State.
He is survived by his children, James (Amy) Gumpf and Janice (Barb) Weeks; surviving grandchildren are Stephen (Nicole) Gumpf, Allison (Anthony) Burns, Kristen (Stephen) Gregory and Michael (Logan) Gumpf; and as close as a grandchild to Bert is Zachary (Deanna) Sullivan. Bert was also blessed with great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Sarah Gumpf, and Alexander Burns. Bert also has two surviving brothers, Thomas (Kathryn) Gumpf and John (Vivian) Gumpf and many nieces and nephews. Bert enjoyed spending time with his family.
We were all blessed to have had an early 90th birthday party for Bert not two days before he passed. It was quite a crowd of friends and family.
Friends and family will be received Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Bert will lie in state Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chippewa United Presbyterian (CUP), 530 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Pastor Scott Graham will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, Bert would have wanted donations made to the Salvation Army, 721 13th Street, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills.
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Pastor Kimberley and Perry Small
Sue Weber and the BHS class of 1978.
My heart is heavy knowing your grief first hand. I will be praying for God's comfort and peace through the days ahead, many memories to share at family gatherings and much laughter till we are all together again.
Denise Dripps Stewart
He lives on at our house when we look at the trees and bushes he and his crew planted to beautify our yard!
I will always remember sitting on our front step and talking to Bert the day they had transplanted 3 pine trees from our old house.
Why was it special? It was his 50th birthday.
A very special man — in the church and the community. Gone but not forgotten .