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November 28, 2012

John "Mike" Kume, Sr

RICHMOND — John "Mike" Kume, Sr., age 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 26, 2012.

He was born on May 19, 1926, in Premier, West Virginia, the sixth of eight children of Theresa (Vargo) and Steve Kume.

John graduated from Gary High School in 1944 where he found his love for marching band and polka music.  After high school, John was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Philippines.  It was during his service that he found his love & talent for baseball.  He went on to play professional baseball from 1946 until 1957.  As John said "I had a good fastball and a good knuckleball, but I was wild and fast."  

On October 25, 1952, he married his "no other love" Helen Semanco.  She was his greatest fan and traveled with John, sharing his love of baseball and lived in many places including West Palm Beach, Florida, Ottawa, Canada, Savannah, Little Rock and Sacramento.  When John left baseball he settled his family in Richmond, where he worked for Trumbull Bronze for twenty-five years.  He also worked at Sealy Medical and he retired from Parker Hannifan.

Johns greatest joy was taking care of his yard, sitting in the sun and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ethel (Kermit) Lewis, Margaret (Bart) Violet-Uhrin and Katherine (James) Daniels and two brothers, Steve (Helen) Kume and Joseph "Alex" Kume.  

Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Helen Kume of Richmond, Ohio; three daughters, Janet (Tom) Steinman, Renae (Andy) Clouse both of Findlay, Ohio and Deborah (Jim) Pilarcik of Hudson, Ohio; his son, John M. (Donna) Kume of Kingsville, Ohio; two sisters, Julia Yokes and Goldie Lipinski.  He leaves nine amazing grandchildren, Meaghan, Michelle, Andrew, Hannah, Jamie, Sydney, Bradley, Abby and Katie. John was given a gift to be at home for Thanksgiving with his children and grandchildren.  

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