January 3, 1926 - October 22, 2016
Dr. Walter Oliver Bumgarner, Jr., 90, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He was born January 3, 1926 in Circleville, Ohio, the son of the late Walter Oliver & Maude Edith (Heistand) Bumgarner.
Walter earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University in 1961. Walter worked as a large animal veterinarian in Mechanicsburg and later in his career; he operated the Westside Animal Clinic in Columbus. He was a member of Ohio Cattleman’s Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Mechanicsburg School Board, Citizen’s National Bank Board and the Lion’s Club as well as serving as a 4-H Advisor for many years. He loved sports and actively supported his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia Bumgarner; his sons, Stephen D. (Ellen) Bumgarner, Walter O. (Carole Ann) Bumgarner III, and Michael A. (Leslie) Bumgarner; his grandchildren, Dr. Jamie (Matt) Davis, Michael (Kelly) Bumgarner, Ben Bumgarner, Stefanie Bumgarner, John Bumgarner; his 6 great-grandchildren; Georgia’s children, Jeff (Joan) Bline, Dan (Susie) Bline, Terri (Mike) Sullivant, Susan (Barry) Boerger, & Liz (Rod) VanTilburg; Georgia’s grandchildren, Luke (Beka) Sullivant, Lisa (James) Hoskins, Sam (Caitlin) Sullivant, Mike (Jeri) Sullivant, Steve Sullivant, Ann Marie (Joel) Box, Greg (Katie) Bline, Mark Bline, Mary Bline, Rebekah Bline, Paul Bline, Molly Bline, Abby (Chad) Snyder, Sara VanTilburg, Ethan VanTilburg, and Jacob VanTilburg; and Georgia’s 10 great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Mary Bumgarner of Wilmington, Ohio and Billie Bumgarner of Cincinnati, Ohio; and his many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rosemary (Mace) Bumgarner; his brothers, Kenneth Bumgarner, Willard Bumgarner, Rev. Warren Bumgarner; and his sisters, Eleanor Cappel and Nell Louise Waliser.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, PO Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or to the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, PO Box 111, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in the SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 31, 2016 in the Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, 42 N. Main St., Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044, with Rev. David Heistand officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Maple Grove Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
We are sending prayers to your family at this very sad time. Sincerely, Earl & Jeanne Evans
Georgia, Steve, Walt, Mike and family,
Tears and words can not express my heartfelt sadness. There are so many memories of the good family times we had as we were growing up….always to be cherished and remembered with love and smiles. In this time of unspeakable sadness, wishing you all unending love. It’s hardest to say good-bye to those who are easiest to love. With sympathy and fondly remembering Uncle Jr.
Sharon Mace Milano
I am so sad to hear about ” Big Walt ” as we called him . Such Good memories ! My parents loved him as did my entire family . You can bet they are all together now laughing and playing cards and whopping it up . 💔