John Boyden Rumsey, 51, died at his home April 2, 2013, from a sudden heart attack, with his wife, Sharon, by his side.
He was born the fourth child of Marisa Caldwel and Frank Rumsey on June 4, 1961 in Tucson, Ariz. His parents divorced when he was 3 and his mother moved the children to Monterey Bay, Calif.
The family lived in the Philippines a year, then returned to California, living in Fresno and in Monterey Bay, where they lived through his first year of high school. Then an adventure took place. Car camping and fishing through California, Washington, Idaho and Montana in a 1967 Ranchero the family searched for a new place to live.
John, Scott, and Glen moved to Central Point, Ore. for one year, then Hood River, Ore. When he was a junior at Hood River Valley High School due to graduate the following year, he met father figure Don Graves. He landed a job at Heights Chevron in 1976, owned by Don, where he worked for 17 years. The Chevron folded in 1993 and he found a money-making opportunity restoring Ford parts found at swap meets.
In 1981, John’s father died.
He married Angela Rhodes Aug. 11, 1984. They remained married until 1998 and had three children, Jon (Little Jon), Nic, and Kaylee.
In 1997, he went to work for John Taylor’s automotive in Hood River, where he worked until 2006. During this time, he found Christ.
In 2002 he met and married Sharon, who brought three children, Jacquelyn, Britney, to the family.
They moved from Mosier to The Dalles in 2007 where he worked at Precision Automotive for a year. Then he and Sharon decided to open their own shop, Johnny’s Automotive.
Services were April 7 at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Hood River. Spencer, Libby and Powell had care of arrangements.
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