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Robert Raymond Rumph

April 27, 1938 — January 16, 2024

Robert Raymond Rumph

Robert Raymond Rumph, known to his loved ones as Bob, passed away at Kempton of Charleston, South Carolina on January 16, 2024, at the age of 85 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on April 27, 1938, in Fort Jay, Governor's Island, New York. Bob was a very organized, logical, intellectual, and helpful individual who had a caring nature towards others and was very supportive of his family members. He possessed a funny dry sense of humor that brought joy to those around him.


Bob was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Rumph, his mother, Helen Rumph and his first wife, Ginny.   He is survived by spouse Paige, his sisters, Nancy Butzer and Joann Wurzbacher, his daughters, Wendi Rumph and Betsy Cullen, as well as his granddaughters, Valerie Cullen and Rachel Cullen, and many other family members and friends.


Bob had an impressive educational background. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1962. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master of Science in Education with a focus on Guidance and Counseling from Long Island University in Greenvale, New York, in 1974.  He returned to USMA Department of Tactics as a Senior Air Defense Artillery Instructor. There were also a multitude of other military educational programs that he completed throughout his military career.


Bob dedicated a significant portion of his life to military service. He served in the Army, specializing in Air Defense and Artillery from 1962 through 1988, ultimately retiring as a full Army Colonel. His commitment and contributions to the military community were commendable.  He served in the Vietnam war and further shared his leadership skills amongst many tours of duty. His military decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.


Following his military retirement, Bob became the president of RBC Enterprises and the owner of ACCEL Temporary Services of Charleston. He also worked as an adjunct professor, sharing his knowledge and expertise in mathematics curricula at Trident Technical College and Central Texas College.


In his leisure time, Bob enjoyed challenging himself with crossword puzzles. He had a talent for drawing and painting, expressing his creativity through these mediums. Bob was an avid supporter of the Friends of the Library organization and enjoyed shopping for cars. He also kept himself informed through his interest in Fox News.   He often enjoyed his favorite candies of black licorice, turtles and tootsie rolls.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration service honoring Bob's life, which will be held at the J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel located at 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway in Charleston, SC on Thursday, February 1st at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob's memory to West Point, a cause close to his heart.

Bob will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy of dedication, humor, and kindness will forever be cherished.

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