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Wakely Warren Rumage
OBITUARY: Newspaper: Times Record News; Publication Date: 5 Jan 2004; Publication Place: Wichita Falls, TX, US.
Wakley Warren Rumage
December 29, 2003
Long time rancher Wakley Warren Rumage, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003. Son of pioneer ranching family Claude and Lillian Rumage, Warren was born in Jacksboro, Texas, on Nov. 5, 1919.
After graduating from Jacksboro High School in 1938, Warren attended North Texas State Teachers College on a football scholarship.
After meeting the love of his life, Olive Ellis, at the City Drug store in Jacksboro, Texas, they were married on July 27, 1940, in Mineral Wells, Texas.
In 1943, Warren served in the army as a company medic in the infantry. He served in the Philippines and the Japanese occupation. After being discharged from the Army in 1946, Warren returned to Jacksboro.
In 1952 Warren took over management of North Creek Ranch where he dedicated his life to all of the phases of ranch management. Warren successfully utilized conservation methods and has hosted the annual field day for local sixth grade students now in its 20th year. In 1996 Warren and Olive were recognized as outstanding conservation ranchers through the Texas Conservation Awards Program sponsored by the soil and water conservation districts of Texas.
He was active in the community, serving on the Jacksboro School Board for six years, and was elected to the agriculture stabilization and conservation county committee for 19 years. He also served on the Federal Loan Association for four years. He served for 29 years on the county water control and improvement district. He assisted in inspection and maintenance of flood control sites in North Jack County.
He was an outdoorsman. Dogs and horses ranked on the top of his list. He taught Buzz, his Border collie, to climb trees and ride behind him on his horse. Fields of flowers put a smile on his face, especially the bluebonnets growing on Flat Top.
Warren was preceded in death by brothers, J.T., Carl and Bunk. He is survived by his wife Olive, son Ed and Karen Rumage of Jacksboro, and daughter Ellisene of Angel Fire, N.M. Three grandchildren, Will and Brittni Rumage of Fort Worth, Blain Rumage of Stephenville, Danna Jo and Larry Ritter of El Paso, Texas, Two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Misty, a brother C.M. Rumage Jr., and a sister, Ophelia Henderson.
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