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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 7/28/23

SPY’s Community Newsletter #275


Tim Rumfield is the 2023

Sunfield Farmers Picnic Grand Marshal

Tim Rumfield has been selected as the 2023 Grand Marshall for the Sunfield Farmers Picnic, with a parade theme of “Farmers Feed the World”. Tim is a lifelong Sunfield Area resident and farmer. Born to Robert (Bob) and Joan (Jones) Rumfield. Tim and his wife Amy now reside very close to the Rumfield Centennial Farm on Shaytown Road.

Tim has 3 sons Jeff, Nick and Danny. After a horrific traffic accident in 2001, he lost his son Danny and Jeff was left disabled. After this accident, Tim created the Sunfield SPY’s Danny Rumfield Memorial Scholarship Fund for area graduates studying agriculture and expanding into trades.

Tim has 3 grandsons, Daniel, Noah and Asher Rumfield. After marrying Amy (Livingston/Patrick) he added Blade and Paige and granddaughter Ella Patrick to the family.

As a young boy, Tim joined Cub Scouts with Ardyth Dow being his Den Mother. Then going on to Boy Scouts and Explorers with Delmer England and becoming an assistant Scout Master. He went to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1976. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1977, where he was active in FFA and Auto Shop.

Having worked at Lakewood Automotive and the Sunfield Farmers Elevator, then delivering lumber for Sherm Pranger, he moved on to General Motors in 1978, where he completed the apprentice program and became a Journeyman Truck Repairman for the over the road truck fleet, while continuing to farm and drive his semi full-time.

Tim served on the Sunfield Township Board as trustee for 16 years, helping the township acquire the bank for its current hall and building the recycling program. He was also on the Eaton County Farm Bureau Board. Tim has been a long-standing member of the Sunfield Sponsors of Programs for Youth. The SPY’s organization raises money to pay for many items including youth sporting events and graduating senior scholarships.

Tim built a farm fueling facility and a fertilizer containment facility, becoming MAEAP certified, and earning the Eaton County Conservation District 2014 Cooperator of the Year Award. That same year Tim also received the Monsanto Americas Farmers Grow Communities Award, earning the Sunfield Historical Society some much needed funds.

After 30 years of service, Tim retired from GM in 2008 and semi-retired from farming in 2018, renting his land to the Dow family and working part-time for them.

Tim was a member of the “Thursday Night Riders” motorcycle group, raising money to annually give bicycles to area kids.

Tim and Amy have enjoyed becoming Mr. and Mrs. Claus for the Sunfield and Mulliken area, also doing virtual Christmas for far away friends.

Tim is honored to be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal and looks forward to seeing you all at this year’s event.

Please come to the Floyd Van Buren Park, Friday August 18th at 7:00 pm, for a reception in his honor.

Notice #1

Mapes Furniture is having their 29th annual Tent Sale Thursday, August 10th thru Saturday, August 12th. The hours are 10 AM to 8 PM on Thursday and Friday, and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Stop in and join them under the big top. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and soda pop starting at Noon each day.


· The following made contributions in memory of Kate Mapes:

Julie Hopkins

Roberta O’Toole

Shelly Bushman

· Myra Wilson & Darcy Weaver made a donation in memory of Lindy Hynes.

· John & Sandra Fisher contributed in memory of Lindy Hynes.

Glassware Donations Sought

Clean out the cupboards and round up any glassware, (especially logoed glasses), that the SPY’s can use in their Dime Pitch Booth at the Farmer’s Picnic. If you have anything to donate please contact our project chairpeople, Zeke & Samantha Cappon at 517-331-3360, or drop off any donations at the Best Tax Service office.

Notice #2

The complete schedule of events for this year’s Farmer’s Picnic, Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20th. Is attached at the bottom of this Community Newsletter. Be sure to check it out!

Parting Comments

· Deep Thought-Of-The-Week: Growing your own tomatoes is the best way to devote three months of your life to saving $2.17.

· Notable Quote: "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."---Theodore Roosevelt

· That’s Puny Department: I’m taking care of my procrastination issues; just you wait and see.

· Did You Know Section: The ubiquitous voice of NYC subway announcements lives in Maine. Her name is Carolyn Hopkins and she is also the voice of 200 different airports.

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