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Joe, 88, died January 5, 2016, at his home in Monitor, Washington. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1945 and studied forestry at the University of Idaho for a year before being drafted into the Navy in 1946. He returned to Idaho after being discharged in 1947, and graduated in 1952 with bachelor's degrees in both mining and metallurgical engineering. He made his career with Alcoa, beginning at Wenatchee in 1956, and transferring to work as ingot plant superintendent at Point Comfort, Texas, and Badin, North Carolina, retiring in 1987 with thirty-one years of service. He had bought an orchard near Wenatchee in 1970, and returned to manage it upon retiring. He was very active, enjoying running, biking, racquetball, skiing and hiking. He took up paragliding at the age of 70, and hiked the Appalachian Trail, finishing at age 76. Joe jumped at Missoula 1949-51.



Publication Date

March 2016


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


Forest Management

Smokejumper Obituary: Rumble, Joe N. (Missoula 1949)