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Dr. Kenneth I. Gumaer Jr., 72, Middleport veterinarian active in 4-H cattle programs

Oct. 12, 1946 – Aug. 2, 2019

Dr. Kenneth I. Gumaer Jr., a veterinarian in Middleport for more than 40 years, died Friday of Parkinson’s disease while under hospice care He was 72.

Born in Massachusetts, he grew up in the Hudson Valley, where his father established a veterinary practice in 1948. He was a 1964 graduate of Rhinebeck High School.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1968, he enlisted in the Army and completed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. He served in the Vietnam War with a scout dog patrol unit, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Returning from service, he studied veterinary medicine at Cornell. Following graduation in 1976, he joined Ridge Animal Hospital in Middleport, where he became a partner.

With his wife, Dr. Gumaer operated Ladybug Farm in Middleport, raising a large herd of Simmental cattle. Their studies of genetics helped them produce the top gaining and indexing animal in the 2018 Pennsylvania Bull Test.

A leader for many years in 4-H Beef Project under Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, he encouraged many students to pursue agricultural careers. In 1998, he received the Grace Herr Award for outstanding adult leadership.

He was a member of the Western New York and American Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Bovine Practitioners Association, the New York, Pennsylvania and American Simmental Associations; the New York State Beef Producers; and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Douglas and Peter; a daughter, Stephanie; three stepchildren, Alex Spangenberg, Kyle Moore and Justin Adams; a brother, William; a sister, Holly Clemens; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Ave., Gasport.

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