Russell Mummert, 80

Court commissioner

October 10, 2006

Russell E. Mummert, a retired District Court commissioner who was active in Masonic organizations and the Elks, died of unknown causes Oct. 2 at Carroll Hospital Center. The Taneytown resident was 80.

He was born in Hanover, Pa., where he attended school.

Mr. Mummert became a commissioner for the District Court of Maryland in 1983, a position he held for a number of years. Earlier, he worked for 20 years for the Carroll County Elections Board, where he was in charge of the voting machines. He also served on the Taneytown City Council.

He served in the Army during World War II. For nearly three years, he was stationed in Europe as a sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division.

Mr. Mummert was active in an number of clubs and fraternal organizations. In the Elks, which he had belonged to since 1960, he was an exalted ruler of his local chapter, a past state vice president and a ritualistic judge for 14 years.

He also was a member - often serving in leadership positions - of Masonic organizations, as well as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose, the Lafayette Business Men's Club and the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club.

"He had a lot of energy, and he just loved people," said a nephew, Michael L. DiPaula of Baldwin. "His whole life was service."

Funeral services were Saturday.

He is also survived by a sister, Helen R. DiPaula of Ellicott City; a brother, Richard C. Mummert of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and other nephews. His wife of 22 years, Margaret "Snook" Mummert, died in 1987.

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