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Age 88

Date of Death December 27, 2013

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo. Reception to follow at the Latvian Community Center next to church.

Obituary Notice

Mr. Ilmars Dumpis, age 88, of Three Rivers passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Riverview Manor. He was born July 15, 1925 in Riga, Latvia to Roberts and Elizabete Dumpis. The family had two children, Ilmars and his sister Gaida. He started school in Riga, but soon his father was transferred to Melluzi, a small town by the Baltic Sea. He credits the salty waters of the sea for curing his almost paralyzed leg from polio, his case being one of the first in Latvia.
During the Second World War, Ilmars family fled to Germany and settled in Fischbach, a refugee Latvian camp. This proved to be one of the happiest periods of his life. The camp had organized a High School with limited supplies, but wonderful teachers. This is where Ilmars met his future wife Baiba, also a student there. His immigration to America separated them for a while, but they soon met again and were united in marriage on June 2, 1951.
Ilmars and Baiba settled in Chicago, where he became a Tool and Die Maker. Every free moment he spent taking his boys to sport activities, scouting, and volunteering in various Latvian community activities. Upon retiring, Ilmars and Baiba relocated to Three Rivers to be close with friends.
They built a home there and were very happy to be close to the Latvian Camp GAREZERS at Long Lake. Ilmars fell ill to a stroke and three years ago was placed in the loving care of Riverview Manor, whom the family wishes to thank for their loving care, especially nurse Kylee’s care during Ilmars final hours
Ilmars is survived by his wife of 63 years, Baiba Dumpis; one sister, Gaida (Gunars); sons, Peteris (Susan), Martins, and Andrejs Dumpis; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason), Kristina (Lee), Rebecca (Mark), Karlis and Eriks and two great grandchildren, Lily and Paul.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions may be donated to the Latvian Center GAREZERS. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of his arrangements.



Condolence Messages(3)
Though I didn't know Mr. Dumpis personally, my time as an Army Recruiter in Kalamazoo gave me the privilege of getting to know many Latvians and develop a respect and appreciation for their culture. Mr. Dumpis and others came to this country after WWII to seek a better life. Even though the US and other countries sold out the Baltic States to Bolshevik slavery, Latvians came not seeking anything other than a chance to work hard and contribute. Their work ethic and determination are admirable traits that have added much to this country. To this day I wear my Nameja. It is a constant reminder of the heritage of hard work and ethics of a great people. May you rest in peace Mr. Dumpis. Dievs, svētī Latviju!

Rev Ed Lane gave their condolences on 12/31/2013 at 11:29 AM


Baiba and Gaida, I didn't know Ilmars personally but I know many in the Latvian community here in Three Rivers. So sorry to hear about your loss of a loved one to death. What is tragic is having a family member live after a stroke or suffer cancer before death. Many lose their faith in Our Creator. Don't let that happen. As a Bible student I try to comfort folks by way of two booklets based on the Bible. They are: What Happens to Us When We Die? and When Someone You Love Dies.... Any lingering questions people may have are answered using the Bible, even one in Latvian. If you would like one or both of the booklets, at no cost, contact me at my e-mail address. I agree with Mr. Lane's comments about work ethic and determination within your community. Please keep those kind of memories of Ilmars and how he was, in your thoughts. I send sympathy and hope your days can become brighter. Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor gave their condolences on 1/6/2014 at 4:06 PM


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Alice Martin Joe gave their condolences on 11/25/2015 at 1:35 AM

Age 88

Date of Death December 27, 2013

Place of Death Three Rivers, Michigan

Service Details

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo. Reception to follow at the Latvian Community Center next to church.

Obituary Notice

Mr. Ilmars Dumpis, age 88, of Three Rivers passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Riverview Manor. He was born July 15, 1925 in Riga, Latvia to Roberts and Elizabete Dumpis. The family had two children, Ilmars and his sister Gaida. He started school in Riga, but soon his father was transferred to Melluzi, a small town by the Baltic Sea. He credits the salty waters of the sea for curing his almost paralyzed leg from polio, his case being one of the first in Latvia.
During the Second World War, Ilmars family fled to Germany and settled in Fischbach, a refugee Latvian camp. This proved to be one of the happiest periods of his life. The camp had organized a High School with limited supplies, but wonderful teachers. This is where Ilmars met his future wife Baiba, also a student there. His immigration to America separated them for a while, but they soon met again and were united in marriage on June 2, 1951.
Ilmars and Baiba settled in Chicago, where he became a Tool and Die Maker. Every free moment he spent taking his boys to sport activities, scouting, and volunteering in various Latvian community activities. Upon retiring, Ilmars and Baiba relocated to Three Rivers to be close with friends.
They built a home there and were very happy to be close to the Latvian Camp GAREZERS at Long Lake. Ilmars fell ill to a stroke and three years ago was placed in the loving care of Riverview Manor, whom the family wishes to thank for their loving care, especially nurse Kylee’s care during Ilmars final hours
Ilmars is survived by his wife of 63 years, Baiba Dumpis; one sister, Gaida (Gunars); sons, Peteris (Susan), Martins, and Andrejs Dumpis; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason), Kristina (Lee), Rebecca (Mark), Karlis and Eriks and two great grandchildren, Lily and Paul.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorial contributions may be donated to the Latvian Center GAREZERS. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of his arrangements.


Condolence Messages(3)
Though I didn't know Mr. Dumpis personally, my time as an Army Recruiter in Kalamazoo gave me the privilege of getting to know many Latvians and develop a respect and appreciation for their culture. Mr. Dumpis and others came to this country after WWII to seek a better life. Even though the US and other countries sold out the Baltic States to Bolshevik slavery, Latvians came not seeking anything other than a chance to work hard and contribute. Their work ethic and determination are admirable traits that have added much to this country. To this day I wear my Nameja. It is a constant reminder of the heritage of hard work and ethics of a great people. May you rest in peace Mr. Dumpis. Dievs, svētī Latviju!

Rev Ed Lane gave their condolences on 12/31/2013 at 11:29 AM


Baiba and Gaida, I didn't know Ilmars personally but I know many in the Latvian community here in Three Rivers. So sorry to hear about your loss of a loved one to death. What is tragic is having a family member live after a stroke or suffer cancer before death. Many lose their faith in Our Creator. Don't let that happen. As a Bible student I try to comfort folks by way of two booklets based on the Bible. They are: What Happens to Us When We Die? and When Someone You Love Dies.... Any lingering questions people may have are answered using the Bible, even one in Latvian. If you would like one or both of the booklets, at no cost, contact me at my e-mail address. I agree with Mr. Lane's comments about work ethic and determination within your community. Please keep those kind of memories of Ilmars and how he was, in your thoughts. I send sympathy and hope your days can become brighter. Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor gave their condolences on 1/6/2014 at 4:06 PM


Honor and prestige of the humans are increased and measured under the subjects of the study and education. The best writing services acquisition has become the only means of the respect and such position in life.

Alice Martin Joe gave their condolences on 11/25/2015 at 1:35 AM