Harley "Buzz" Sumpter

Harley (Buzz) Sumpter
Harley H. Sumpter, age 85, of Adams, WI, formerly of Waukesha, WI, passed away on November 17, 2011.

Memorial services will be 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Rev. Martin Nolet will officiate. Military Honors will be presented by the Adams County Honor Guard.

Friends may call at Roseberry’s on Saturday, November 26th, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Buzz was born on July 6, 1926 to Jep and Edna (Boston) Sumpter in Monticello, IL. He is survived by his wife, Joanne, daughter Paula, brother, Wayne (Kate) Sumpter, sister Marjorie Maxine LaFratta, step-daughter Maria (Anthony) Jasenski (Rotterdam, NY) , step-sons Michael (Marissa) Mogavero (Albany, NY) and James (Eileen) Mogavero (Sarasota, FL), granddaughter Cara Jasenski (Rotterdam, NY), grandson TJ Jasenski (Rotterdam, NY), many nieces and nephews, and his very good golfing buddy, Dennis (Sandy) Herfel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jep and Edna Sumpter, his brothers, Homer, Ralph (Shorty) and Morris, and brother-in-law Albert LaFratta.

A proud WWII veteran, Buzz followed in the footsteps of his three older brothers and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served as a tail gunner on a B29 in the Pacific, stationed on Okinawa until his discharge in 1946. Buzz worked as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Waukesha and later became a Journeyman electrician, working construction for many years in the Milwaukee area. In 1978, he married Joanne Mogavero and together they worked and traveled throughout the western United States. In 1983 Buzz retired to Adams County and enjoyed his retirement as an avid hunter and golfer. He served as an elected Supervisor on the Quincy Town Board, Secretary of the Castle Rock Lions Club, was and a former member of the Moundview Golf Course.

Buzz we love you and we will miss you more than words can tell. Rest in Peace

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  1. Linda Madland says:

    Buzzy was a wonderful and kind person. He will be missed but is in a wonderful new home with our Lord and watching over his loved ones.

  2. All of us at Wall Chiropractic says:

    Dear Joanne,
    We are very sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to see Harley in the office, may your memories of Harley bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  3. Michelle Pollex says:

    Sorry to hear about Buzz. I remember him when I worked at the golf course. He was such a kind and loving man. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kay and Herb Theisen says:

    Joanne, We send our love
    We enjoyed the Christmas
    Eves we spent with you and Buzz.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Joanne, very sorry about your loss but heaven has gained a stirling citizen! Buzzy was loved by many!
    Dennis & Peggy

  7. Coral and Larry Smith says:

    Joanne, How lucky we were to share in Buzz’s jokes and laughing and good times. We were just remembering the Country western dance at the Pavilion and what fun everyone had!
    You are in the thoughts and prayers of your friends and neighbors.

  8. Diane Osborn says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family.

  9. Bob & Colleen Galati says:

    Joanne: What a huge loss for those of us who remain on earth; but wonderful gain for heaven.Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to you as you struggle to rebuild your life without Buzz by your side. It was a pleasure to have had him in our lives as both our neighbor and friend. He will be truly missed; but will remain in our hearts forever. We will do all we can to be there on Saturday.

  10. Jane Bader says:

    Dear Joanne, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, Buzz. My prayers of comfort are with you.

  11. Barb Theisen and Family says:

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Lisa Gurecki and family says:

    I am so sad to hear about your loss! I will never forget the good times we used to have at the B-Hive! He was such a fun person to be around, and teased me just as much as I teased him. I’m sure he will be missed by you as he will be missed by all that knew him!
    You have my love and my deepest sympathy during this most difficult time.

  13. Trish Torres says:

    Joanne and Family….You are in my thoughts and prayers…so sorry for your loss….

  14. Teresa Marti says:
  15. Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear of Buzzy’s passing. What a great guy he was. Your in my prayers Joanne.

  16. Jeff and Renee "Dehmlow" Geissler says:

    Sorry for your loss. Buzzy was "hoot" to be around. He was a fun guy and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  17. Kelley Chase says:

    Joanne and family…I can only send my prayers and memories of joy. He always had a smile on his face. May time bring you the comfort. Hugs Kelley

  18. Diane Heider says:

    Joanne, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dedication to Buzzy throughout the years is a testament to your deep love for him. God Bless.

  19. Lois & Don Baum says:

    So sorry Joanne, you have our deepest sympathy.

  20. Lois & Tom Mazur says:

    So sorry Joanne, youhave our deepest sympathy.

  21. Judy Bieri says:

    Joanne, So sorry to read of your loss. keep all the memories close to your heart. Judy Bieri

  22. Amanda & Dan Barnes says:

    Sorry for your loss. Buzz was a great man. All are lucky to have known him. May God be with you during this difficult time.

  23. Brenda Rhinehart says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  24. Chuck & Barb Dehmlow says:

    Joanne, We are so sorry to hear about Buzzy’s passing. Keep all the memories close and know that he is no longer in pain. Our condolences to you.

  25. Christine Brown says:

    I will sure miss Buzzy and his quit wit and wonderful attitude toward life. I am so sorry that you have to feel this pain, Joanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Bill & Mary Gruber says:

    Joanne, our memories are now our treasures. Buzzy always had a smile for us. I remember many years ago our game nights at Dots. Buzzy is up above watching us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Madge&Jim says:

    Dear Joanne we are sorry for your loss.It was a pleasure knowing buzz but now he is in a better place and not suffwring.

  28. Mary Ann & Jim Bays says:

    Joanne, So sorry to hear the news, he will be missed by many. We are here if you need anything. Take care & God Bless,

  29. Dennis & Judy Allen says:

    Joanne, Sorry to hear of Buds passing,may all of your great memories help you through this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  30. Jodi Helgeson & Jim Grabarski says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry to hear about Buzzy. He was such a great guy and it was such great fun for him to come into the courthouse and tell us we could all go home "now". If there is anything we can do for you just ask.

  31. Sandra Green says:

    Dear Joanne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sandra Green and Family

  32. loren lecy & peg says:

    joanne so sorry for your loss. my thoughts are with you during this dark time in your life. hold buzzys memories close. we will keep you in our thoughts.

  33. Robert & Bobbie Anderson says:

    Joanne we offer our deepest sympathy to you,just know Harley is now home and no longer suffers but is with God now.May you find comfort knowing he is in the best hands ever.He will be missed by so many and was loved by many and we will help see you threw this difficult time.God Bless we all love you.

  34. Darlene Primus says:

    So sorry to here about Buss passing.You will be in my prayers.May you find some comfort in knowing that you are surrounded by all the Red Haters that care and are sharring in your loss.You will be in all our thought during this very diffcult time.God bless

  35. Les & Darcie Beckman says:

    Joanne, Our hearts hurt for your loss. We are praying for your comfort and that you know how you are loved by so many.

  36. Crystal & Mike Hiller says:

    Joanne, we are so sorry about Buzzy’s passing. You are in our thoughts during this very difficult time. May you find some comfort in knowing that you are surrounded by so many who care and are sharing in your loss.

  37. Lisa Peterson says:

    My dear Joanne~how saddened I am to hear of Buzzy’s passing. No matter when they leave us it’s never the right time. You have always been a bright spot in my world. I am here in heart and prayer. Much love, lisa