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Michael (Mike) Lee Jumper


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Michael (Mike) Lee Jumper, loving husband, father, and patriot, died on July 21, 2017, at the age of 72. Michael is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janice (Johnson); daughters Sally (Robert) Gradle, Michelle (Michael) Yates; grandchildren Melissa Gradle, William Gradle, Joshua Yates, and Lucas Yates; and brother Bill Jumper . He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Merle (Petty) Jumper, and sister Phyllis (Jumper) Salzman. Michael was born on June 20, 1945 in Lawton, Oklahoma, to William and Merle (Petty) Jumper. When he was a child the family moved to Hagerman, New Mexico, where they had a cotton and dairy farm. He graduated from Hargerman High School and then attended New Mexico State University. In November of 1965 Michael enlisted in the Army, graduating from Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill in April, 1967. He married Janice Johnson on August 26, 1967, and was deployed to Vietnam in 1969. During his service he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Air Medal. Upon discharge from the Army in 1972, the family settled in Roswell, New Mexico, where Michael ran a hardware store with his father, joined St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, was a member of the Lions Club, and ran Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in southern New Mexico. In 1979, the family moved to St. Charles, Illinois, where Michael worked in the warehouse and traffic management industry for many years. There they joined St. Mark’s Church in Geneva. A lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, he attended many games and was overjoyed when they finally won the World Series. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., August 5, 2017 at St. Mark’s Church in Geneva, Illinois, with a reception to follow. The Rev. Dr. Mark Tusken will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org, or The Ability Experience, www.abilityexperience.org. The family would like to thank Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital for their care and dedication.

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