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Franklin T. Schrumpf
Franklin T. Schrumpf, 81, of Kerrville, Texas passed from this life on September 14, 2013 at Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Frank was born in Red Lodge, Montana to Ted and Florence Schrumpf on May 7, 1932. Having lost his mother at the age of 12, Frank was fortunate to receive the love and guidance of so many in the Red Lodge community where he developed his strong work ethic in the local bakery before school and delivering bread. Frank's skill with horses began in his youth while working on the ranch with his father and neighboring ranches. He was driving a team before he was big enough to reach the brake, and he carried this love of the horse and all animals throughout his life and was well known for his ability to finish a horse, allowing him to win in both the show and roping arenas. Match racing and chariot racing were the subjects of many wonderful stories. In 1952, Frank joined the U.S. Army serving his beloved Country in Korea where he received a Purple Heart for his work with the medics in the 88th Division. Upon his return home, he and Clarice Branger were married and moved to Worland, Wyoming where he worked for Mobil Oil; they celebrated the birth of their first daughter, Barbara. Given the opportunity to return to the beautiful country of the East Rosebud as foreman of the Lazy E L Ranch, Frank and his family relocated to Roscoe, Montana.
During his time at the E L, he and Clarice added to their family with daughter, Tina and twin boys, Peter and Phil. This was a time of countless and very special memories working for the Mackay family; a time Frank cherished even more as he grew older, often waking Mimi up in the morning and saying: "well, I was calving heifers all night in Wiggin Basin, I'm cold and ready for breakfast!" (and he liked to have it served in bed!) After many years on the ranch, Frank and his family moved to Livingston, where he managed Inverness Horse Village, then moved to Billings. Frank was generous with his time and talent often seen judging livestock events and working with young riders. His knowledge of cattle was well known and respected and he was a skilled farrier, who put on well attended shoeing schools. While working for Walco Animal Health in Billlings, Frank met and later married Mimi Winters Schrumpf and they have shared an amazing 20 years together. After working for Ken Wilson Ranches in Montana and South Dakota, they "retired" to Kerrville in 2002.
Frank immediately went to work for Comanche Trace where he has taken great pride in helping to maintain the golf course. Frank took special care of the little Rock Barn because it brought back fond memories of Barney Hines, who worked for him at Inverness. He loved the early mornings and remained convinced that he was richly blessed to have the best job last! Frank was deeply touched last year when his children flew in from Utah and Montana to surprise him for his 80th Birthday; they came to the shop and invited him to lunch! It was a very special time for Frank with his family and he spoke of it often. Frank was a member of numerous Methodist Churches including St. Paul's where he loved singing in the choir and a member of the American Legion. Frank was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Frank was preceded in death by his mother and father, his daughter Tina, his sister Anna May and his two brothers, Edward and Louis Lee.
Frank is survived by his loving wife Mimi, daughter Barbara and her husband Rod Boettcher, sons Peter and Philip; sister Barbara Pollari and grandchildren Jason Schrumpf and Timi Christina Schrumpf. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at the Comanche Trace River Park on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. with Eldon Sheffer officiating. A reception will follow at the Club House. As he wished, Frank will return to Montana where a celebration of his life will also be held in the little School House in Roscoe at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Jr. Livestock Association, Wounded Warrior Project, or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of the doctors and nurses in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System both in Kerrville and San Antonio, who have provided such wonderful care for Frank during these past 11 years. The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.