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Twila Bumgardner


Twila Noretta (Reschke) Bumgardner, 91, passed away in Grove, Oklahoma on June 2, 2021. Twila was born October 10, 1929 to Otto and June Reschke in Springfield, Colorado. Her sister Dorothy named her Noretta after her grandmothers Cora and Etta; she also had a brother Clell.


Otto and June owned a farm at Campo, Colorado and had homes at both Campo and Springfield. When living in Springfield, Otto, worked with the undertaker, Mr. Rich. The Rich’s had a son Bobby, the same age as Clell, who spent a lot of time at Twila’s house and they considered Twila a “pest”.


In 1935, Twila became very ill and the Dr. told them to move out of the “dustbowl” or they would lose her. They were living in a dug out at the time. The family moved to Kansas, where June was from. They rented a farm west of Dexter, KS and lived there until buying a home near Otto, KS in 1947. Twila attended school at Dexter for 12 years. She was active in sports, music, played softball in grade school and basketball in high school. She also played trumpet in the band, sang in the choir, a quartet and also sang solos. After graduation, she attended Wichita Business College and at the end of the semester was offered a secretary’s job at the Farm Bureau at Winfield, KS.


Twila met Wayne at a friend’s taffy pull when she was 14. They corresponded and after Wayne was discharged from the military, he decided to drive to Dexter and see Twila. After seven months, they married on June 27, 1948.


They always attended church, taking their kids from the time they were born. She belonged to the Golden Builders class at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell. Twila worked outside the home as a bookkeeper at different places, the last being Home Lumber in Caldwell. Wayne and Twila enjoyed playing golf together, Wayne would go to work early to get home so they could go play golf.

Wayne grew a large garden and Twila would can the produce and they enjoyed it all winter.

Twila was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and June; husband, Wayne and sister, Dorothy.

She is survived by her son Tony and his wife Barbara; daughter, Debbie Kubeczka and her husband Tom; brother, Clell; four grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.


Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Caldwell United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Braman Cemetery in Braman, Oklahoma.


Memorials may be made to the Caldwell United Methodist Church and sent in care of the mortuary.


Visitation will be held 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday.




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