John M. Lumm

October 01, 1950 ‒ December 02, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

John Michael Lumm, 70, of Mansfield, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus with family by his side. Following a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease, he is now at peace with his Heavenly Father, but will be dearly missed by his family.

John was born October 1, 1950 in Avilla, Indiana. He was the son of Joseph & Eileen (Irons) Lumm. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1969. He then attended Indiana University in Fort Wayne, IN. Following graduation he began his career at United Telephone of Indiana in 1972. He was transferred and brought his family to Lexington, OH in 1990. He continued his 40 year career through the various company changes with United Telephone of Ohio, Sprint, Embarq and eventually retiring as a network sales manager with CenturyLink in 2012.

In his spare time, John was an avid golfer and would never pass up a good game of euchre. He also faithfully attended the OhioHealth Delay the DiseaseTM exercise class for Parkinson’s. He was a lifelong sports fan and always cheered for his Indiana Hoosiers, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Bearcats. During the years he enjoyed road trips with his family. Later in life he and his wife enjoyed going on cruises with their friends. He had fond memories of a special trip to Italy in 2012 with his family.

John was a faithful member of Resurrection Parish where he served as an usher. He was also involved with the Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club chapters in both Indiana and Ohio. He was a wonderful loving husband and father. He shared a very special bond with his grandson Sawyer, his “Little Buddy.” He will be long remembered for his dry sense of humor, easygoing and gracious spirit and quiet strength.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Rita (Shanabarger) Lumm; his son, Ryan (Lori) Lumm and grandson Sawyer Michael (age 7) of Delaware OH; his daughter Abby Lumm of Columbus; his sister Cathy (Melvin) Reeg of Columbia City, IN; niece Melanie Reeg; nephew Gavin (Sarah) Reeg and his sister-in-law Sister Joyce Shanabarger, OSF of New Lenox, IL.

In addition to his parents Joseph & Eileen Lumm, John was preceded in death by his wife’s parents Lee & Louise Shanabarger.

The Lumm family wishes to thank the staff at The Inn at Olentangy Trail for the compassionate care and support they gave to John this year.

Friends are invited to call 4:00 to 6:00 PM Monday, December 7, 2020, at Snyder Funeral Homes, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings are required. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Father Matthew Frisbee on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. Burial will occur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (please make checks out to the charity and mail to: Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904). Online donations may be made by clicking here.

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  • To the Lumm Family,
    I am so very sorry for you loss. The loss of a spouse or parent is a point in time no one embraces well but we move forward with the comfort of family and friends.
    Thinking of you all…
    Randy Wurm, Abby’s coworker

  • Rita and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a good friend who I spent many hours with on the golf course. I will always remember the good times we had on our annual West Virginia golf trips. He has been, and always will be, missed at our weekly phone company retiree breakfasts. I’m honored and privileged to have known him.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Mark Meinzer

  • Rita, We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing! He was a wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Bill and Amy Fox

  • Rita and family,

    So sorry to hear about John.

    Hoping the many great memories you have will comfort you during this difficult time.

    My sympathies,

    Joan Ellis

  • Rita and family,
    We send our condolences. We remember fondly our times we shared together playing cards and covered dish dinners with the Indiana gang in Lexington. Cindy and I were happy we got to see you and John when we were back to Mansfield for a visit a couple years ago at St. Peter’s church.
    You are all in our thoughts & prayers!
    Greg & Cindy Hunter
    Overland Park, KS

  • Rita and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing.
    He was a good friend and co worker.
    I enjoyed playing golf with him over the years in our Company league and The Little Apple Course in Bellville.
    We also played golf yearly at Twin Falls in West Virginia,
    He was a good man and I will miss him as will all that ever knew him.
    May he rest in peace always and may God watch over him always.
    Rest in peace my friend.
    I hope to see you on the other side.

    Everett E Larrabee
    Senior Engineer Sprint

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Rennie and Renee.

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. Joe really thought alot of John and they had alot of fun working together in the early years at UTS.

    Prayers for you and your family.


  • So sorry to learn of John’s passing. My condolences to Rita & family . I have fond memories of family dinners with you all and remember his dry sense of humor well. May you find comfort in your many happy memories of John.

  • Rita and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    I worked in Wholesale with John for many years and especially enjoyed his sense of humor.
    With sympathy and prayers of comfort for you and your family.
    Paula Anderson

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry for the loss of John. I worked many years with him and he was such a great man and could put a smile & make you laugh. I pray his journey to his new home is peaceful and that peace will come to you knowing John is in a better place.

    Memories last forever.

    Nance Lefever

  • Rita and family, Talked to Rick yesterday and he told me about John. Our condolences to you, Ryan and Abby. Did not know John well but saw quickly he was a wonderful man and I too enjoyed his unique sense of humor. May God continue to comfort and bless you during your time of loss. Your co-worker Jerry

  • Rita, Abby, Ryan and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    John was a great friend to me at work and we loved being friends with all of you outside of work.

    We know he will be missed and pray your memories will give you comfort and strength!

    Love, Vickie and Ed Brown

  • Rita and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We enjoyed knowing your family and having you as neighbors all those years ago. Sending our thoughts and prayers. Dan and Kathy Stenger

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a such a nice man and I will miss his softspokeness and smile. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sandy and Ted Trebonik

  • May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
    JOHN MICHAEL LUMM, CCHS Alumni Class of 1969.
    The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
    to John’s family.

    per TLG

  • Rita and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I greatly enjoyed working with John at Sprint back in the day, and glad to see him at DTD as a fellow Parkie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Prayers for Rita and family. Got to know John when we worked at the phone company. John and I were in the Warsaw morning Kiwanis club and we bowl together. May the Lord welcome him into Heaven with open arms. Joseph Serovy Sr

  • Rita and family, we are sorry to hear about the loss of John. John helped me numerous times at the telephone company over the years on various projects always with a fun and professional attitude. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We send prayers and sympathy to all of you. John was very professional and looked at life with a smile. I was privileged to work with him a number of times. Thank you for sharing him with us at United Telephone. We are all blessed to have known him.

  • Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with my friend John for about 40 years. I always enjoyed working with him because he always did a great job. Even more so. I enjoyed our nearly every day noon time card games in the Warsaw building. Those were fun times! He was definitely one of the good guys!

  • Abby and Family
    So sorry for your loss! God welcomed home a good servant into the gates of Heaven Today.
    John will be truly missed by you all. May God give you all a pease in this time of sorrow.
    Jerry Wisler
    Co Worker of Abby

  • Sorry for your loss, Rita and family. I remember many sports related conversations especially during the IU Bobby Knight era.
    Fondly remember living down the street from his parents and sister in Westgate.
    I know it was hard for the family members to watch him slowly lose his mobility. I can’t imagine how frustrating it was for him too.
    Our thoughts and prayers are all of you.

    Tony and Becky Mangas

  • Rita,
    All my sympathies in John’s passing.
    I am going to forward John’s obituary to all our former Warsaw Chemical coworkers so we can all say a prayer for you. Hope we can get together for a reunion one of these days!
    Connie Stoneburner Jaynes

  • Rita and family…you have and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. We were blessed to be neighbors and friends at Resurrection for 20 years. I washed many of dishes with John after an event at Resurrection and he always had an opinion, that was much like mine, but it never deterred him from being a part for the greater good! Might sound crazy but doing dishes by someone – gives you a new perspective into them and life…and that is what I appreciated most about him. John was indeed a quiet servant. We always left the kitchen at Resurrection better than we found it…it was his goal as well as mine! Please hold on to your memories and your faith and know how very blessed I feel to have known John. Rita you loved him and served him well and I know that John will definitely receive a thank you my faithful servant when he arrives at those pearly gates!

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Jeff and Cindy Hess

  • Dear Rita, Ryan & Abby, my sincere condolences. May GOD comfort you with the many fine memories you have of John. Bob & I were very fond of his sweet nature. Prayers, Muriel.

  • Rita and Family,

    John was a great guy. I spent many years with John, at Kiwanis functions, and at Resurrection Parish. He will be missed.

    Jack Stewart

  • Rita, Abby, Ryan, What a great friend John was!! He helped me so very much after Rod passed! John was such a great friend to Rod during his illness. John was always there to listen to him. I will so miss his sense of humor. Sometimes I wonder if he really meant something to be funny or not. It was hard to tell at times with John. I will miss that sense of humor. He was such a good man!!! Heaven has a great organizer now.

  • Dear Rita Ryan and Abby,
    We are so sorry about losing John. We think you have been an amazing care giver Rita. I have enjoyed reading all the comments by his former co-workers. He did have a great sense of humor, was a quiet servant at our Parkinson’s meetings by helping people sign in and get name cards. It sounds like he was also a great servant at church in washing dishes and being an usher. We know he was a great golfer and friend to so many people. . Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. Albert and Becky Roggio

  • Dear Rita and family,
    Sympathy and prayers for you. I have many great memories of John’s friendship from the golf course and the Y. He was kind, friendly and funny. It was always special to share time with him. Rest in peace my friend.

    Dave Latchuk
    Golf buddy

  • Dear Rita and Family,

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was always a great guy to be around, be it on the golf course or at our retiree breakfasts. We will miss him very much.

    Terry Coates

  • Rita and family,
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I enjoyed time shared with him at Kiwanis, he had a great group of friends there!
    We appreciate the call he made years ago to tell us the house I loved on your street had a “For Sale” sign. It was nice then to become neighborhood friends.
    Prayers during this time.
    Sawyer will have special memories of him!