Oklahoma’s Oldest World War II Veteran’s Son Reflects on His Father’s Legacy After His Passing

Albert Lumm, an Oklahoma resident who served in World War II and lived to be 105 years old, passed away this week in Nowata. His son Rick remembered his father as a man of great sense of humor and always ready with a joke. One of his last jokes involved two oceans exchanging playful banter.

Albert served in the Navy during World War II as a gunner’s mate on the William DuBois liberty ship and the U.S.S Hailey before being honorably discharged. Although he often looked back on the past, Rick said that his father focused primarily on the present and the future. In 1962, Albert became a Christian and dedicated his life to Christ. He went on 40 mission trips, including one to Haiti where he adopted a first grader and supported her through college.

In addition to his mission work, Albert worked as a driller at two Peabody Coal plants between Nowata and Vinita for many years. During his final months, Albert was in a nursing home in Nowata with his caretaker, James Hamilton. The two bonded over their military service and their shared love for the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they did not know about their Super Bowl appearance, Albert was still thrilled to hear about their victory. His memorial service will be held on February 9th at Stumpff Funeral home in Nowata with an escort to the city cemetery by The Patriot Guard Riders.

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