- 70 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 14, 1937
- Date of passing: May 19, 2008
|Many children have gone further than they thought they could because a parent knew they could. Unknown author|
This memorial website was created in the memory of our father, Gerald "Don" Dumler who was born on December 14, 1937 and passed away on May 19, 2008. He was born in Burlington, Oklahoma, graduated from Wichita State University, worked in the banking industry (Farm Credit Bank) and as a Realtor/Broker; however, his most challenging job was that of "Dad" to 5 children - Kathy, Cheryl, Dwight, Duane and David. We are forever grateful for his love, discipline and the sense of self-reliance he developed in each one of us.
In writing this memorial I also felt it was important to convey one concept that I thought best described my father. The movie "Pay it Forward" was a favorite movie of my father's and a concept he believed in. . Doing something good for someone with no hope of receiving anything in return; other than the hope that the receiver will in turn do something good for another person.
Off and on over his life (even before this movie came out) I saw him do this; usually, rather quietly without fanfare. One thing I know he did in the last 10-years of his life was to help a student through college that wouldn't have been able to go. Donated money to a family in Augusta after one of the floods and I'm sure there are other situations that I never knew about.
Below is a link to a blog, "The Halfway Point," that lists 50 ideas of ways to pay it forward that do not necessarily involve money just time and thought. If you are reading this memorial site and/or knew my father I ask that you do something, in his honor, to pay it forward..
We miss him. .
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