Born: March 28, 1923
Jeannette, Westmoreland, PA
Died: January 10, 2006
Age: 82 years
Cause of Death: Heart Attack
George W. Rumbaugh
Robert F., George F., James L., Victoria, Michelle
Daughter of: Francis and Lena Forbes
Born: July 2,
Died: July 1982, Pennsylvania Age:
Cause of Death: Unknown
Buried: Unknown (Probably w/husband)
September 10, 1952
Marriage Location: 1st Presbyterian Church, Meadville,
Occupation of Spouse: Unknown
Army Air Corps veteran, Airline Pilot for Allegheny Airlines
and US Air, Air National Guard
Education: Corry High School, Corry, PA
Carson Long Military Academy
Grove City College
University of Pittsburgh
Health Issues: Unknown
- SSDI: Joan Rumbaugh: SSN
160-28-6157, Born: 2 July 1928, Last Benefit: 15136 McKees
Rocks, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Died: July 1982.
State issued: Pennsylvania (1951-1952)
Corry, Erie, PA., Robert and mother Marion living with Marion's
brother, R. Lawrence Davison.
- Obituary from Pittsburgh Post
Gazette. January 13, 2006 Transcript below.
- Obituary from Pittsburgh Post
Gazette. January 14, 2006 Transcript below.
(image) from The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA,
September 30, 1952, pg. 4. Transcript below.
Obituary: Robert Andrew Rumbaugh
-Swashbuckling pilot who just loved the skies
Saturday, January 14, 2006
By Tim Grant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robert Rumbaugh spent so much time flying aircraft for much of
his life that his sons thought he might have preferred living in
the air to life on the ground.
The swashbuckling pilot, who flew 68 missions behind enemy lines
in World War II, sailed hang gliders during his retirement and
even walked away from a midair crash with another airplane 50
years ago, died Tuesday from a heart attack at St. Clair
Hospital. He was 82.
"He took a lot of chances and he wasn't afraid to do things,"
said his son George Rumbaugh of Robinson. "He had a sense of
adventure. He wanted to do everything and go everywhere and he
An only child, he lost his father at age 4 and grew up in Erie
County during the Great Depression, helping his mother in the
struggle to keep food on the table. He joined the Army Air Corps
to fight in World War II and came back determined to make a
better life for himself.
Mr. Rumbaugh worked two full-time jobs, flying for the Air
National Guard and USAir. Age policies forced him to retire from
the Air National Guard when he turned 50 and from the airline at
age 60, but even in his golden years, he still flew everything
he could get his hands on.
"He flew almost daily," said his son James Rumbaugh.
Mr. Rumbaugh, who lived in Robinson, gave up flying for good and
grounded himself at age 80 when he felt his health declining.
Even then, George Rumbaugh said, his father bought an
experimental boat that floated on a cushion of air, which he
drove in the back yard and on the Ohio River.
"It was a pretty strange sight," he said. "It didn't look too
safe, but he could handle it."
During the war, he flew with a tactical reconnaissance squadron
whose job was to fly over the front lines of battle in Europe
and take photographs of enemy targets.
Mr. Rumbaugh's colorful adventures also included a stint driving
stock cars in the early 1950s in the NASCAR circuit in
northwestern Pennsylvania. He won the season championship, while
crashing quite a few race cars in the process.
But those crashes paled in comparison to the midair collision he
survived in the mid-1950s while flying a T-51 for the Air
National Guard. The pilot who struck his airplane ejected and
lived. Mr. Rumbaugh landed upside down in a cornfield and walked
"He's got a closet full of log books for all the time he spent
on different aircraft that's way more than 25,000 hours," said
James Rumbaugh, also of Robinson. "If you figure that out in
years, that's a long time to be off the ground."
Mr. Rumbaugh also is survived by son Robert F. Rumbaugh of
Chicago; daughters Victoria Templeton and Michelle Calavitta,
both of Bemus Point, N.Y., and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today in Union
Presbyterian Church, 6165 Steubenville Pike, Robinson.
Arrangements are by DeAngelo Funeral Home.
First published on January 14, 2006 at 12:00 am
Obituary published Friday, January
13, 2006 Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA
ROBERT ANDREW RUMBAUGH
Robert Andrew Rumbaugh, 82, of Pittsburgh and Lauderdale By
The Sea Florida, died Tuesday, January 10, 2006 in St. Clair
Hospital. Born March 28, 1923 in Jeannette a son of George and
Marion Davison Rumbaugh. Husband of the late Joan Forbes
Rumbaugh. Mr. Rumbaugh was a graduate of Corry High School in
Erie Co., attended Carson Long Military Academy, Grove city
College and received his Bachelors Degree from the University of
Pittsburgh. A veteran of WWII he served with the Army Air Corps
in France, and later with the Air National Guard in Pittsburgh.
He was a pilot for Allegheny Airlines and USAir for 27 years. He
continued flying, as a hobby, into his eightieth year. Mr.
Rumbaugh was a champion stock car racer, locally, during the
early 1950's and was an avid tennis player. Mr. Rumbaugh was a
member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and various
aviation organizations. Surviving are three sons, Robert F. of
Chicago, George F. and James L., both of Pittsburgh; two
daughters, Victoria Templeton and Michelle Calavitta, both of
Bemus Point, NY and four grandchildren. A memorial service will
be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2006 in Union
Presbyterian Church of Robinson Township at 6165 Steubenville
Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15137. Arrangements in care of the
DeAngelo Funeral Home.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA, September 30, 1952,
Forbes-Rumbaugh Candlelight Nuptials Held
The First Presbyterian Church of Meadville was the setting
for the candlelight nuptials of Miss Joan Forbes, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Frances Forbes of Meadville, and Robert A. Rumbaugh,
son of Mrs. Marion Rumbaugh of Corry and a grandson of the late
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Rumbaugh of Mount Pleasant.
Rev. Hugh Crawford performed the double ring ceremony at 7:30
o'clock Wednesday evening, September 10, in a beautiful floral
setting of ferns and white gladiolas. Tapers in branched
candelabra, provided a soft light.
Organist Emma Shafter played appropriate wedding selections and
accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Steinbrook who sang several
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a floor-length
gown of white satin with a chantilly lace bodice, scalloped to a
net yoke. The sleeves were full length with wrist points and her
fingertip veil of illusion fell from a Juliet cap trimmed with
seed pearls. She carried a white Bible with an orchid marker and
streamers tied with baby chrysanthemums.
Captain Ernest D. Fahlborn, stationed at the Greater Pittsburgh
Airport, was best man.
A reception for three hundred guests was held in the church
parlor after the ceremony and was attended by many region
residents, including some from Scottdale and Norvelt. The couple
will make their residence in Pittsburgh.