Monday, July 25, 2016

Tragedy strikes family of Bath School Superintendent - UPDATED

Joe Rumsey is the Bath School Superintendent. Sadly, his 23-year old son Timothy, a Marine Veteran, died in a freak accident while working a summer job at a ranch in Nebraska. This was posted on the Rumsey Facebook page:
Dear Friends and Family,
This post is to provide an update to all of you and to answer some of the questions we have been receiving. First and foremost, thank you for the outpouring of love and support you have provided us during these devastating days. Although we are still in a state of shock and very emotional, we are comforted by the many kind gestures and wonderful memories you have shared of 
Tim Rumsey. We are hearing over and over, what we already knew, that our Timmer was a strong, kind, goofy and selfless young man who would do anything for his friends and family. Although he would have hated all this attention, it speaks volumes to the impact he had on so many in his life.
Following his recent departure from the Marine Corps, Tim and one of his best friends from the Marines, Grant Lien, enrolled at Montana State University. He was happier than we had ever seen him, hunting big game, snowmobiling in the mountains, dating the girl of his dreams, working on a ranch in Nebraska for the summer and learning to ride a horse and to rope and brand cattle. On Thursday, Grant and Tim were working late on the ranch removing bales of hay from the fields when Tim suffered head trauma and died instantly. After two deployments to the Middle East, lots of amazing experiences in the Rocky Mountains, and beginning to live his dream in the Midwest, it hardly seems fair that we lost him to such a freak accident. However, we take solace in knowing he was doing what he loved every day.
At this time, services are very tentative as we are running into difficulties trying to get Tim home to his final resting place. After exhausting several flight options, it appears that Tim will be taking his final road trip and be escorted by several old friends from the Corps. If everything goes as planned, services will be held Wednesday and/or Thursday, with a final military ceremony on Thursday at the Bath National Cemetery. Obviously, this is VERY tentative and more details will be posted as they are finalized.
Finally, we are inviting all Marines who served with Tim to join us in our home this week to celebrate Tim’s life. All are welcome and considered family to us for all of your service and your love of Tim. Nothing could make us happier right now than to be surrounded by Tim’s brothers.
We are also setting up a scholarship fund in Tim’s name at Prattsburgh Central School for donations in lieu of flowers.
Again, thank you for all of your love and support.
With much love,
The Rumseys