Pullman – Phillip Arnold Gumm passed away on September 8, 2022 in Pullman, Washington. He was born March 11, 1932 in the back bedroom of the Gumm Homestead, near Seltice, Washington, to William Ford Gumm and Florence Smith Gumm. After spending first grade in Farmington, Phil transferred to the Tekoa School District. He lettered in football and basketball, graduating from Tekoa High School in 1950. He met his future wife, Gail Louise Schalock, on a blind date in Spokane Washington. She was 15 years old, and Phil was 18. Love blossomed a little too slow for Phil, but the wait was worth it since it lasted 70+ years. After a year at Washington State College and a semester at Spokane Trade School, Phil went active in the Naval Reserve. He spent two years in the Korean Conflict on the USS Merapi-38. While on leave, he and Gail married in Spokane’s Hayes Park Methodist Church on June 21, 1953. After completing his naval service, Phil returned to Farmington where he began farming with his father, Ford, and brother, Dean. Throughout his 60+ years of farming Gumm land, Phil developed many other interests. He loved to design, build, and repair anything on the farm. Phil was an active community member, serving on the Tekoa School Board and on the Amer- ican Stabilization and Conser- vation Service Committee. He was also a member of the Tekoa Jaycees and received the coveted JCI award. He earned the District Conservation Award for Pine Creek District in 1965 and Farmer of the Year, in 1972, from the Tekoa FFA. Phil and Gail were co-chairmen of the Washington State Junior Miss Program and were recognized nationally for the outstanding state program. Phil and Gail had many adventures. His love for travel took them to every state in the union, Mexico, Canada and many countries abroad. Phil lovingly maintained the fifth wheel and motor home that brought them to their destinations. He also had a private pilot’s license that carried them to many more. Some things never changed throughout Phil’s life: his love of his land; his love of driving the tractor, the combine and the motor home; always a friend, sharing interests and hobbies with his children and grandchildren; and most importantly, his love for his wife, Gail. Phil is survived by his wife Gail of Pullman, WA; his children: Terry (Evie) Gumm of Farmington, WA; Darlene Gardner of Worley, ID; Kim (Roy) Schulz of Tekoa, WA; Brian (Shannon) Gumm of Tucson, AZ; and Stacey Harris of Selah, WA. He leaves behind eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Carol Sturman of Tekoa, WA; Neil (Sharon) Gumm, Green Forest, AK; Linley (Cecil- ia) Gumm, Beaverton, OR; and sister-in-law Donna Gumm, Spokane, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Joyce and Warren Nelson, Dean Gumm, and Gary Sturman. The family would like to thank the staff of Bishop Place, Pullman WA, for their loving care of Phil during his final days. Memorial services will be Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 A.M. at Mountain View Cemetery in Farmington, WA. Please join us in celebration of Phil’s life at the Tekoa Community Center (next to the Empire Theater) immediately after the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending memorials to Tekoa Community Church, P.O. Box 846, Tekoa, WA 99033.
Published by Spokesman-Review on Sep. 18, 2022.
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