Richard C. Bumba


BLOOMINGTON – Richard Cotter Bumba, 77, of Bloomington, died suddenly on Feb. 13, 2018.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives for a celebration of Rich's life on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Westminster Village, 2025 E. Lincoln St., Bloomington.

He was born Dec. 3, 1940, in Chicago, to Edward and Alicia (Cotter) Bumba. He married Ellen (Rich) Bumba on March 29, 1966.

He is survived by his siblings, Edward (Diane) Bumba of St. Louis, Mo.; Donna (Kent) Smith of Palm Desert, Calif.; Bob (Kalah) Bumba of Salinas, Calif.; and Ron (Leslie) Bumba of New Hampton, Iowa; five children, Scott (Lynn) Bumba of Hoffman Estates; Ronda (Colvin) Lewis of Griffin, Ga.; Jenny Bumba of Dixon; Alicia (Kenny) Haller of Chicago; and Jonathan (Cynthia) Bumba of Austin, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Morgan Spaeth, Jessica (Drew) Gibbs, Cheyenne (Joseph) Lavallie, Brett Lewis, Paige Lewis, Ethan Haller, Grayson Bumba, Zander Bumba, Jeremy Meaker, Jessica Meaker, Jennifer (Jose) Flores; and five great-grandchildren.

Rich was preceded in death by his beloved wife and his parents.

Rich is a 1958 graduate of Mendota High School. An educator for over 34 years, Rich served as a teacher and school administrator in Amboy before retiring in 1997 as a superintendent in Lincoln. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a certificate of advanced study from Northern Illinois University.

Rich was a great storyteller who regularly “held court” with all who were blessed to know him. He never met a stranger and enjoyed the simple pleasures found in spending time with friends and family. In the end, he had few regrets and felt his life was truly blessed. Rich was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his large family and wonderful friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Westminster Village Foundation at