David Alton Brumbaugh was born on August 18, 1935 in Roanoke to Helen Collins Brumbaugh and Frederick David Brumbaugh. His family had the privilege of surrounding him with love as he drew his last breaths on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.
David attended primary and secondary schools in Roanoke, where he earned his Eagle Scout rank. He was a 1957 graduate of Roanoke College in Salem with degrees in physics and mathematics. As a teen and young adult, he was instrumental in taking care of his mother who suffered from severe rheumatoid arthritis.
David moved to the Washington, D.C. area after college to work for various engineering and technical companies, performing research and development work for the U.S. Navy. He had a long career as a “Beltway Bandit” (a term he loved to use), becoming an expert in mines and mine countermeasures. His work contributed to the successful demining of the Suez Canal and of Haiphong Harbor.
Mr. Brumbaugh and Beverly Mae Leffell, of Vinton were married on July 29, 1961, celebrating their 56th anniversary last month. Although they grew up just a few miles apart in Vinton and Roanoke, they didn’t meet and begin courting until they were both working in the Washington, D.C. area. He used to like calling Vinton a “suburb” of Roanoke.
David was an active leader in the churches he belonged including Heritage Christian Church, Silver Spring, MD, Faith United Methodist Church, Rockville, MD, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington and Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg. He made significant contributions to the communities in which he lived by serving in leadership roles on homeowner boards and committees. David was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. In all these roles, he was known and valued as a quiet but effective leader who allowed all opinions to be heard and who could distill consensus from even the most divided constituencies.
When he retired in 1999, he and Beverly fulfilled their lifelong dream of traveling the world. They hiked in England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland and explored ruins in Turkey. They sailed the Danube River, and recently returned from a canal boat trip in Alsace-Lorraine on the French-German border. They traveled the United States from California and Alaska to New England and Florida, and led mission trips to support disaster relief in various communities in the Southeast.
The return of Major League Baseball to Washington rekindled his boyhood love of the game, and in his later days he became one of the Nationals’ biggest fans. His sole complaint in the hospital was that his cable TV selections did not include the baseball channel.
David is survived by his wife, Beverly; his son, David, Jr. (Anne) of Durham, N.C.; his son, Michael (Andy) of Gaithersburg, MD; his sister, Alice Vierra of San Francisco, Calif.; and his granddaughter, Jocelyn of Richmond.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor David’s legacy of leadership and service by making a donation to the church’s newly-formed Brumbaugh Mission Scholarship Fund to support youth mission trips, an activity that was near and dear to his heart (http://www.fumcva.org/brumbaugh/).
Fredericksburg United Methodist CHurch
Saturday September 9th, 2017
308 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg , VA 22401
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Although it's been awhile since we've visited, I'll always remember Dave as such a warm and energetic spirit who enjoyed every moment with his family and friends.
I'm sure he was comforted surrounded by his family.
You, Dave, Mike and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Submitted by Francene on Sep 7 2017 11:56:16 PM
What a loss to those of us on Earth but what a gain for Heaven!! David was heavenly throughout his Earthly abode and presented such a quiet, effective model for us all. I knew him as a Christian at FUMC but also as a constant contributor and worker with the Stafford County Historical Society. My condolences to Beverly and the family as you grieve the physical presence of this truly kind gentleman!
Submitted by Becky Guy on Sep 5 2017 07:52:46 PM
David and Beverly Brumbaugh were close neighbours of ours when we moved into a rented house in Canyon Road Silver Spring in 1966. We were from Australia and Ken worked as an attache at the Australian Embassy in Washington. David and Beverly made us very welcome and introduced us to many aspects of American life, including membership of Heritage Church. They and their children remained friends when we returned to Australia 3 years later and we have remained friends for all these years. Families such as the Brumbaughs ensure that the close bonds between the United States and Australia will remain firm in the future. We feel very sad to hear of David's passing but all feel assured that his memory will not be lost on those who love and admire him.
Submitted by Ken and Christine Barnes on Sep 5 2017 02:30:50 AM
My introduction to David and Beverly was thru three trips to the Gulf Coast with their leadership and prayer. An experience that I cherish and shall keep close to my heart.
Although not a member of the church David and Beverly and the team made me feel welcomed and teamed me up with Hank for many projects that today the folks of Houston now must face in cleaning up. I wonder if the Good Lord needed help dealing with the massive storms impact on all those souls. Well I like to think that and my thoughts and prayers are with you Beverly and family and friends. Wings of an Angel David .
Submitted by John Roberts on Sep 4 2017 08:38:04 PM
Beverly and family,
Nancy and I were shocked and sad to hear of David's death. You two were very special to us at Mount Olivet. Don't believe we can attend his service on Saturday. Know that you have our prayers for strength, grace and peace for the days ahead. Love to you and yours.
Submitted by Larry and Nancy Tingle on Sep 2 2017 10:48:05 AM
Holding you in our hearts and prayers.
Submitted by Cathy and Clayton Hill on Sep 2 2017 10:47:21 AM
Beverly and family, I am so sorry to hear of David's passing. I have great respect for David. He had such a calm quiet, but confident manner. It was always so clear to me how much he loved others through his dedicated service. I am glad to have known him. My prayers are for you as you live on without David.
Submitted by Kitti Mann on Sep 1 2017 05:38:29 PM
I am saddened to read Dave's obituary in the Washington Post this morning and extend deepest sympathy to his family and friends. We were close colleagues at Presearch for several years and his steady ways and strong expertise were an inspiration to all of us.
Submitted by Harry Burt on Sep 1 2017 02:58:31 PM
May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult period, please accept our sincere condolences.
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