James Eugene Dumm

April 27, 1918 Nov. 18, 2013

James Eugene Dumm, 95, Altoona, died Monday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, after a short illness.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Leo and Sarah (Morning) Dumm. He married Eileen O’Leary on May 23, 1943, who preceded him in death.

Left to cherish his memory are eight remaining children: Maureen Orr and husband, Steven, John, Catherine Doherty and husband, Timothy, James Jr. and wife, Barbara, Patricia O’Kelly, Mary Rita Kane, Thomas and wife, Judy, and Therese Brown; a daughter-in-law, Ann; 16 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Sarah and Alma Dumm; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death his youngest son, Denis Michael; and his four younger brothers: Daniel, Edward, Harold and Leo Jr.

Jimmy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-46 as a master instructor, traveling across the country to instruct bombardiers during WWII. After his release from the Army as a first lieutenant, he worked as an underwriter and manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 30 years and later served as an insurance ombudsman for the State of Pennsylvania Insurance Commission before retiring.

Jimmy married his sweetheart, Eileen, who was a classmate of his from Altoona Catholic High School. Before her death, they celebrated their 57th anniversary, and she was the light of his life. Together they raised their nine children with a devotion and love that many found inspiring. Many things brought Jimmy pride, including his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Additionally, he loved supporting the Democratic Party, particularly for the help that Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave to Americans during and after the Depression. His family delighted in his interpretation of the many historical books he devoured. He was the last living veteran of WWII from Altoona Catholic High School. His passing brings sorrow for the loss of his companionship as well as his outlook on the amazing history of Altoona, Pennsylvania and these United States of America for almost a century.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Stevens Memorial Chapel by Father David Rizzo. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity.