A. J. Rumely, Sr., 87, of 1410 Indiana avenue, prominent industrialist and the late member of the family of the founder of the former M. Rumely company here, died at 2 a. m. today at the Holy Family hospital.
Mr. Rumely had been in failing health in recent weeks, but until the past month he had continued his activities in his many civic interests, and he remained chairman of the board of the LaPorte Foundry company, the firm he founded here in 1916.
He was a lifelong resident of' LaPorte and the last survivor of the nine children of Meinrad and Theresa Rumely. Meinrad Rumely was the founder of the M. Rumely company here, which was famous for its development of the Oil-Pull Rumely tractor and other farm equipment.
Mr. Rumely was born here Jan. 12, 1876 and attended LaPorte schools. He graduated from the old Notre Dame academy in 1894 and received a degree in engineering from Purdue university in 1898. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity of Purdue university.
President In 1911
He joined the M. Rumely company and served as president of the company in 1911 and until 1916 when he founded the LaPorte Foundry company, of which he was president, until 1956 when he became chairman of the board and was succeeded as president by his son, A. J. Rumely, Jr.
Mr. Rumely was extremely active in religious and civic affairs in LaPorte for many years. He served as president of the LaPorte Chamber of Commerce in 1932-33-34. He was a past president of the advisory board of the Holy Family hospital and was active in support of the hospital for more
than 60 years. Mr. Rumely was a trustee of the St Joseph's Catholic church and of its Holy Name society and was a past trustee of Ruth C. Sabin home.
He was a prominent Rotarian here, having founded and directed for more than 15 years the LaPorte Rotary club crippled children's fund through which Mr. Rumely helped in financing the annual summer camp for crippled children at Camp Koch Troy. Ind.
The project raised approximately $1,000 annually for crippled children of LaPorte county to attend camp. He initiated the Sam Campbell lectures here in which the late author and lecturer appeared annually in LaPorte with films of the out-of-doors.
The Rotary club of LaPorte honored Mr. Rumely as 'Rotarian of the Year' in 1960 for his dedication to the crippled children's movement. District 654 of Rotary International also honored Mr. Rumely that year.
Mr. Rumely was for many years a director of the Gray Iron Foundry society. He received an award from the society in 1950 for his years of service to the organization connected with the industry he headed.
He also was a member of the Elks lodge and was among the organizers of the Civic Music association here, in the early 1920's. Later he served on the board of directors of the LaPorte Community Concert association.
Served On Boards
He was chairman of a number of fund-raising committees for the LaPorte county chapter of the American-National Red Cross and he served on the boards of the LaPorte County Tuberculosis association, the' former American Cancer society unit here, and the local branch of the Indiana Heart Foundation.
Mr. Rumely was married in Chicago on June 9, 1909 to Miss Hannah Berghoff, of Chicago, who survives. Survivors also include two sons, A. J. Rumely, Jr., LaPorte, and Robert, New York City; one daughter, Mrs. Herman Terzino, LaPorte, and 10 grandchildren. Eight brothers and sisters preceded him in death.