Earl Mumford
(1928 - 2017)

Earl Mumford

March 12, 1928

August 1, 2017

ALL ARE WELCOME TO EARL MUMFORD CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE: A Memorial service celebrating Earl Mumford’s remarkable life is Saturday, August 19th at 11am at All Angels Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Rd, Longboat Key FL 34228. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the University of South Dakota Foundation (Attn: E.M. Mumford Memorial Scholarship Endowment, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069). Ann Mumford's address is 6404 21st Avenue West, #M201 Bradenton, FL 34209.

Earl M. Mumford, age 89, of Bradenton, FL and before that Longboat Key, FL and Sioux City, Iowa for many years, passed away on Tuesday evening, August 1, 2017 at his summer home in Hayward Wisconsin.

Earl Mumford was a remarkable man. As a renowned Doctor, people would stop him at parties and on the street for a diagnosis, and he would answer without hesitation. He loved to cook and was as comfortable in the kitchen as he was in the operating room. At Christmas, he would hand deliver his famous fruit cakes to friends & family, despite the freezing temperatures. He was a spiritual man who attended his beloved All Angels Church ministered by Father Danner. Earl served on the Vestry and never hesitated helping others in need. His amazing hands could heal a patient but also fix a tangled fishing pole, repair a crying child’s broken toy, or even mend a couple of broken hearts.

On the day of his passing, he was enjoying one of those picture-perfect cabin days on Grindstone Lake in Wisconsin. The sky was bright blue, the air was crisp, and the lake was calm. He woke up early to treat his visiting son & grandson to his famous Swedish “skinny" pancakes. Earl truly enjoyed spending time with his children & grandchildren and always took interest in the latest news in their lives.

Then, as usual, he read the newspaper, completed the crossword puzzle, monitored the lake, dock & boats, tended his flower pots, and discussed the day’s events with his wife Ann. In the early evening, as is his routine, he carefully mixed that perfect half gin/half vodka martini with not two, but four onions. He sat outside on the porch watching a gorgeous sunset, and ended the day with pizza at one of his favorite restaurants, “Angler’s Haven.” Gazing at the beautiful Northwoods sky, he and Ann debated whether there was a full moon.

Upon returning home, Earl put on his favorite pajamas, took a sip of water from his nightstand and gently set down his reading glasses. Perhaps he gazed out at the bright stars as he bid good night to Ann. He laid down on his left side, those amazing hands gently tucked under his pillow, shut his eyes - and - a short time later, died peacefully in a place he loves so much.

Once in a generation someone special like Earl Mumford comes into our lives. From his humble beginnings, this brilliant, favorite son of small-town Howard, South Dakota, wasn’t ordinary, he was extraordinary: three college degrees, Army veteran, Orthopedic surgeon, devoted husband for sixty-four years, proud father of five, proud grandfather of seven, gourmet cook, avid sports fan, accomplished gardener, outdoorsman, world traveler, talented painter, loyal friend, gifted teacher, and a Disciple of Christ.

He gave us many gifts, particularly the gift of years. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Earl Mumford was truly one of God’s most beautiful children and led a life well lived.

ABOUT EARL M. MUMFORD, M.D. (Official Newspaper submitted Obituary):

Earl M. Mumford, age 89, of Bradenton, FL and Hayward, WI passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. In the day prior to his passing, Earl enjoyed one of those picture-perfect days with family on Grindstone Lake in Wisconsin. He died peacefully in his sleep in a place he loved so much.

Earl Milham Mumford was born March 12, 1928 in Howard, SD the son of Earl and Anna (Matson) Mumford. He was raised in Howard, SD and graduated from high school there in 1946. In his youth Earl was an avid pheasant hunter and fisherman. In 1946, Earl joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Italy. After being honorably discharged, Earl continued his education by attending the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He completed medical school at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He spent his medical career as an Orthopedic Surgeon in Sioux City, Iowa.

On December 27, 1952, Earl was joined in marriage to Ann Miriam Paulsrud in Sioux City and was a devoted husband for 64 years. Earl was one of the doctors to create Iowa Orthopedics in Sioux City and practiced in that area until his retirement in 1990. During that time, he served on the board of directors for St. Luke’s Hospital, Marian Health Center and Norwest Bank. Earl enjoyed golfing, growing orchids and roses, and making artistic gourmet meals. He served on the Church Council at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux City, IA and on the Vestry at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church in Longboat Key, FL.

Earl is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann; five children, David (Sabrina) Mumford of Santa Monica, CA, John Mumford of Calabasas, CA, Joseph (Suzanne) Mumford of Topeka, KS, and Karen (Cheryl Contant) Mumford of Eau Claire, WI, and Kristin Mumford (Sara Atherton) of Nashville, TN; seven grandchildren, Alexander, Benjamin, Drake, Erin, Emma Lyla, Jackson, and Kaitlyn; one sister, Mary Klesney; one brother, Franklin (Aileen) Mumford of Wilmington, DE; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Earl gave us many gifts, particularly the gift of years. He will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Earl’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church in Longboat Key, FL. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the University of South Dakota Foundation (Attn: E.M. Mumford Memorial Scholarship Endowment, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069

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Dr. Mumford took care of my brother, Phil, when Phil was a child. He endured several painful joint replacement surgeries. Even as a child I saw how kind and patient Dr. Mumford was with my brother. He was truly a remarkable man.
Bill Schneiders (Friend)
August 14th, 2017
Dear Dad,
I will forever be blessed and honored to have followed in your footsteps. You were a man of amazing character, you were always there for me, you never raised your voice in anger, and you truly led by shining example And while you left us all too soon and we deeply mourn your loss, I will always treasure the memories you left behind and celebrate the life of an amazing father. Love you Dad, Joe
Joe Mumford (son)
August 12th, 2017
Dear, dear Papa. Not only my Father in Law for the last 24 years, but also acted as my father for the last 15. I will miss him dearly as we all will. So many wonderful times together. A true gentleman, he raised his children to have integrity, passion and empathy. He had a knack for nicknames from McReedy for Ann to Teedle, Juanio and Beep for David, John and Karen; I knew I was one of his family when I became "mi hita mia" -my young daughter; then Drakester & Princess for Drake & Katie. He baited all my fishing hooks without judgement. I love you.
Sabrina Mumford (Daughter in Law (David))
August 11th, 2017
I first met Earl when he was the new Dr. in town, and I was a student nurse at Lutheran Hospital. Everyone enjoyed making rounds with Dr. Mumford as he was so kind an gentle with the patients, and he was very tolerant of the student nurses. I had not met John yet, and I had no idea I would eventually be Earl's sister-in-law. What a joy and honor to part of the Paulsrud/Mumford family. Rest in peace Earl...job well done.
Ramona Paulsrud (Sister-In-Law)
August 6th, 2017
From the moment I joined the family 35 years ago he was "Uncle Earl". I enjoyed and appreciated his intelligence and kindness during all these years, and had the privilege to work for him for 6 years. Even managed to to impress him with a very nice bottle of wine several years ago. We will miss him greatly and send all our love to Aunt Ann and all the family.
Kay Paulsrud (Niece-in-law)
August 6th, 2017
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"Great memories of fun & games together in Sioux City."
August 8th, 2017
"The wonderful memories of you will glow in our hearts like this lovely candle."
Marian Levitt
August 4th, 2017
"Love you so much and miss you dearly:)"
Katie Mumford
August 4th, 2017
"Miss you already Dad"
David Mumford
August 4th, 2017


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