On March 1, 2016, Gailen Dwaine Dumond “Chic” left us to join his brother Dale, sister Marlys, daughter Gail and infant grandchild, Thomas Dean.
88 years young, Dad was born on December 9, 1927 in Beldenville, Wisconsin to Leaon and Dora (Johnson) Dumond; he joined the Navy and later married his life’s love, Edna Hurtgen on October 19, 1951.
You don’t have to think about Dad very long and the years fall away. The young Chic emerges. His shoulders square, his arms swing easily by his side as he climbs onto his riding mower, or dancing Mom across the floor of the old Lamplighter to an accordion Polka. His eyes sparkle. And that smile. That smile only Chic had. Tell Dad you’re running five miles a day, and he’d say, “You know how long it would take me to run 5 miles a day? Two days.” Dad and Mom were a team. Don’t even think you could bargain one against the other to get your own way, they remained in sync. A favorite supervisor at Smead Manufacturing for nearly 20 years, Dad treated all with storytelling and kindness.
Although hampered by the effects of a stroke, the pilot light was on and the mischief continued. Sitting with Dad in his living room, watching him with the sun coming in the window he loved, you realize you can’t even begin to pay the debt you owe this man.
Dad leaves behind his loving and faithful wife Edna, sisters Darlene Lynum and Doris Bolt, and his children Steve (Michele) DuMond, Jeff (Becki) DuMond, Jerry DuMond and Bonnie Geary. At Christmas his home was also filled with his grandchildren Jenita (DuMond) Hall, Chance DuMond, Steffani (DuMond) Falardeaux, Justin DuMond, Jade DuMond, Jeremy DuMond, Nadine Geary, Brittani (Hamilton) Meyer, Anna DuMond and Aidan DuMond along with twelve great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at Cashman-Hill Funeral home in River Falls on Thursday, March 10th from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be at New Centerville United Methodist Church in Baldwin at 11:00am on Friday with a visitation at 10:00. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.
Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Service of River Falls is assisting the family.