Christopher Joseph "Joe" Alumbaugh

Born: Mon., Jan. 25, 1965
Died: Sun., Oct. 26, 2014


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 03, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Mon., Nov. 03, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mr. Christopher Joseph “Joe” Alumbaugh, Age 49

Christopher Joseph “Joe” Alumbaugh, age 49, of Bloomington, Illinois, formerly of the Hardinville vicinity, went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his brother’s residence in Bloomington, of an apparent heart attack.

Born January 25, 1965 in Vincennes, Indiana, he was the son of Maurice “Junior” and Betty L. Graham Alumbaugh (Crossfield).

Joe attended the Zion United Methodist Church, Robinson, Illinois in his younger years and was raised on the family dairy farm south of Robinson. He attended elementary school in Robinson, later moving to Jerome, Idaho, and returning to Robinson High School to graduate in 1983. Later marrying Patti Murphy, Palestine, Illinois and having two sons who survive. Joe was formerly employed as a technical engineer for IBM Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.

Survivors include sons, Aaron Michael Alumbaugh, Woodridge, IL and Alexander Paul Alumbaugh, Woodridge, IL: brothers and sisters-in-law, Shawn M. and Carol Alumbaugh, Bloomington, IL; Carl J. Alumbaugh, Robinson, IL; Jonathan M. and Tammi Alumbaugh, Naperville, Illinois; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dawn K. and Ron Adams, Robinson, IL; Diana M. Smith, Robinson, IL; Donna K. and Greg Norgard, Jerome, ID; Debra E. and Kyle Fulling, Robinson, IL; Maureen A. Hays, Robinson, IL; uncles, Jack and Betty Graham, Spencer, IN; Tom Graham, Swinsboro, GA; aunt Dorothy and John Jeffers, Falcon, MO and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Joe was self-taught in computer repair and security, enjoyed talking about current events, a history buff, a voracious reader and an avid Star Trek and Lord of the Rings fan. He accepted Jesus as his personal savior at the age of thirteen and began his talks with the Lord. In his early teens he worked the irrigation fields in Idaho moving pipe until coming home to Crawford County, finishing high school and getting a job as a roofer and later a dairyman like his parents. As a technical engineer for IBM, Joe was in his element. Joe’s smile was contagious and his discussions were heartfelt.  Joe’s life’s message would be that we “Live long and prosper,” and bring the laughter with you when you come home.

Preceding him in death were his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents, Samuel S. and Marie Graham, Maurice and Opal Alumbaugh; a brother in infancy, David W. Alumbaugh, a sister in infancy, Melissa Marie Alumbaugh; uncle Gerald and aunt Wilma Alumbaugh, and uncle Robert Graham.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Grand Prairie (Eaton) Cemetery, rural Robinson, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Robinson Township Library foundation with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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Sandy Hille
   Posted Tue October 28, 2014
Words can not express how much I will miss Joe. I have so many memories of him and his brothers and sisters. He was a brother to me. Hugs to his boys Aaron and Alex, and to his brothers and sisters.

Sharon Trimble
   Posted Tue October 28, 2014
I remember him when when we were in high school. He was a very kind person to be around. I am so sorry for your loss. He will not be forgotten as as fellow classmate.

Dan Kelley
   Posted Sun November 02, 2014
My deepest sympathy to the Alumbaugh family and friends. I was in the class of 1983 with Joe. I just remember some of the simple things from school, like hanging out in between classes with Joe. He was fun to be around, was always smiling and laughing. We had some great conversations.
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with all of you.

Jody Bedwell
   Posted Sun November 02, 2014
You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful person. I loved to see him smile. He had the cutest dimples. He was always upbeat never seen him upset. He will be truly missed. God bless you Joe.

Jill (Berry) Dunahee
   Posted Sun November 02, 2014
I am a classmate of Joe', very sad for your loss. I remember Joe was always nice and polite. And will be missed, will always be remembered by the Class of 83.

Charlenea Zimmerman and family
   Posted Tue November 04, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Joe. I remember him as a cool, smiling, happy person. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

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