Joseph Frederick "Fred" Mumm died at his home in Blackfoot, Idaho on April 23, 1991, of natural causes.
He was born January 25, 1915 in Geddes, South Dakota, to Jacob Bernard and Margaret Gau Mumm. At 13, when his father passed away, he assumed family responsibilities for his mother and seven brothers and sisters. In March, 1941, he married Veronica Ann Novotny; they were later divorced.After selling his own trucking lines in 1955, he became a diesel mechanic, heavy equipment foreman, and contracting supervisor. His position with Western Contraction Corporation led him from the Fort Randall and Oahe Dams in South Dakota to Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah, in 1959. Subsequent employment involved mining and canal projects in Minnesota, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming, and lastly Idaho, where he retired from J. R. Simplot after ten years. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed reading, woodchopping, auto mechanics and pheasant hunting as recreation.
Survivors include a son, Joseph Mumm, Flagstaff, Arizona; four daughters, Judith (Mrs. George) Alley, Logan; Dorothy Atkinson, Petaluma, California; Carolyn Chidester, Sandy; and Pam Terry, Salt Lake City; two brothers, Ralph Mumm, Texas; Gregory Mumm, New Mexico; four sisters, Berniece McCormick and Elfrieda Tronvold, South Dakota; Matilda Schmitz, Iowa; and Dorothy Cronin, Arizona; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Agnes Mumm.
He will be buried at the family gravesite in Geddes, South Dakota, where memorial services will be held.
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