Roger Lee Mumma was born in Winterset, Iowa, on Nov. 3, 1956. He moved to Lineville, Iowa, with his parents, brother and sister in 1962. He graduated from Wayne Community High School in 1976.
Soon after he moved all over the country to places such as Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Tennessee and Indiana doing different construction jobs and enjoying life as a bachelor. He moved back to Iowa in 1987 where he continued working construction.
On Dec. 22, 1989, he married Debra Rae Scales in Corydon, on the coldest day of the year, in the Assembly of God Church that he built. He, his new wife and children, Tim and Heather, returned to their home in Allerton. The following October they joyfully welcomed their daughter, Leanna.
In 1996 Roger went to Indian Hills Community College for computer aided drafting and graduated in 1998. He soon after got a job in Amana at Amana Refrigeration and moved there while the rest of the family stayed in Allerton until 2002. He and the family then moved to North English, Iowa, and began working at Case International in Burlington. After deciding Case was not for him, he moved on to working in Dubuque at John Deere as a drafter designed. He enjoyed his work there and worked there until he retired.
Roger was a respectful, kind, loving and intelligent man that was always eager to learn new things. In his retirement he learned new skills, such as woodworking on a lathe, smoking excellent meats and creating new recipes for his friends and family to try.
With anything he did in life, he found ways to improve it. “You may never get perfection, but there is always room for improvement.” He was so passionate about the things he did and was always excited to tell everyone about it in hopes that it would get them excited too!
Roger was blessed with three grandchildren. They were the light of his life! He loved crafting and cooking with them. He was even known to watch whatever “stupid kid shows” they wanted. He also loved the endless tickle wars and wrestling matches.
Roger is survived by his wife, Debra, of North English; daughters, Leanna Holeton (Chevy) of Brighton and Heather Clay (Cody) of Palestine, Texas, and son Tim Long of Waterloo; brother, Larry Mumma of Burlington; sister, Margo Mumma of Minnetonka, Minn.; and grandchildren Kaylan and Kai Holeton of Brighton and Madilyn Clay of Palestine, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Mumma; his mother, Margaret Mumma; a nephew, Israel Mumma; and a beloved pet/son Beau.
Graveside services were held May 25, 2018, at the Corydon Cemetery. A memorial service was held May 28 at North English.