Charles N. Rumpelt
Charles N. Rumpelt
  • July 3, 1925 - October 29, 2017
  • Jericho, New York

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Charles Newcomb Rumpelt, of Jericho, N.Y. and Ocean Beach, Fire Island, born July 3, 1925 passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 29 Surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, he attended Stony Brook Prep School in 1941 prior to attending Lafayette College. Drafted into the Army in 1943, Charles served in the 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron during WWII. He was a decorated WWII veteran having received the Purple Heart. He returned after the war and continued his education at New York University, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. On November 19, 1948 Charles married Katherine "Cookie" Kates who was an Army Cadet Nurse. His loving wife, Katherine predeceased him in 1990. Charles and Katherine resided in Jericho where they raised 6 children. He was a dedicated father and took great pleasure in sharing his love of sports and nature with his children. He coached their teams, took them fishing, boating and skiing and brought them to hockey & baseball games. He was a fixture on Fire Island and a lifelong summer resident of Ocean Beach. He was passionate about fishing and always seemed to "hook the one that got away". He loved playing beach volleyball, and sitting on the beach in the late afternoon. He was an avid Brooklyn Dodger and Yankee baseball fan. Charles was a great historian and an avid storyteller. His memory was impressive until his last day. He "thought" he could fix anything and everything- and was famous for his repurposing- nothing went to waste. He was endearing to some and had a fun quirkiness to others. Many who met him would describe him as a "character". He was an animal & nature lover and enjoyed the companionship of the many dogs & cats throughout his lifetime. Charles is survived by his 6 children: Winifred Rogers, Frye Island, Maine; Katherine Rumpelt, Syosset, NY; Louise & Michael Esposito, Syosset, NY; Caroline Fanelli, Katonah, NY; Charles Rumpelt Jr., Babylon, NY; Andrew Rumpelt, Albany, NY; and 10 grandchildren & three great grandchildren.