Norman “Doc” Rumble

Norman “Doc” E. Rumble, age 83 of Prosperity, passed away on September 30, 2022 at the Solace House in Joplin. He was born on January 22, 1939 to James “Howard” Rumble and Hattie Mahurin in Prosperity. He worked for Jim Smith Vending for several years as a field technician.

Norman was a tinkerer, and above all else enjoyed working with his hands, all the while being legally blind. He could fix almost anything. In the 1960s-70s, he and his family practically lived at the stock car race track. Norman and his boys made fond memories during his time working on stock cars. For a short time, he operated K&N Mechanic, furthering his desire to tinker with equipment and machines.

Norman enjoyed camping and fishing with his wife Jean, they were always at the lake. He was a family man. In anything he did, from raising rabbits to black walnut hauling, he made sure to include his family. Their family time included various vacations over the years, but most memorable were the steam train exhibitions he would take the children to as they were growing up. His daughter Norma remembers a certain father/daughter dance- “.. he hopped off his work truck and had my dress in-hand. One of my most fond memories of dad,” she said.


Norman is preceded in death by his parents, James “Howard” Rumble and Hattie Mahurin; his wife Jean Rumble who passed away on October 7, 2001; a daughter Diana Hataway who passed away on October 22, 2009; siblings Junior Rumble, Kenneth Rumble, and Margaret Forcum.

He is survived by his children Norma McNary and husband Chuck of Alba, Jim Rumble and wife Evelyn of Galena, KS, and Darrel Rumble and wife Carrie of Prosperity. Additional survivors include his siblings, Alberta Gerard of Carthage, Martha Swager of Carl Junction, Dixie Lassiter and husband Larry of Carterville; seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. A visitation will be held from 10am until service time. Internment will follow with a graveside service in Webb City Cemetery with Pastor B.A. Austin officiating.

Funeral arrangements are under the personal care of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. The family encourages relatives and friends to visit to share photos and memories of Norman.

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