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Mitchell Dean Ummel

Mitchell Dean Ummel, 53, Vassar, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at his home.

He was born April 1, 1960, in Ransom to Lyle and Mary Lou (Downing) Ummel. He attended school in Ransom school district, graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and computer science, and was a graduate of the Kauffman Institute.

He moved to Topeka where he was employed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment where he had various information technology positions. He rose to the position of the chief information technology officer at KDHE prior to leaving government service to work for Westar Energy as a senior information technology executive. He was the founder and president of Ummel Group International, offering information technology management consulting, staffing and training services. He served as director of Cutter's Government & Public Sector practice.

He lived at Lake Pomona and enjoyed working on his lakehouse with his family. He was a bicyclist, water skier, snow skier, enjoyed fishing and was an avid runner.

He was a member of the Sunflower Striders in which he enjoyed running with his friends. He competed in the Chicago Marathon, 200-mile relay events, and numerous other running and bicyclist competitions.

He was a leader and a kind and caring individual who always lived his life to the fullest and was willing to help other people.

Survivors include his two children, Jenna Ummel, 19, and Harrison Ummel, 17, Topeka; his significant other, Cheryl Haefele, Topeka; his parents, Ransom; two brothers, Mark Ummel and wife, Michelle, rural Burlingame, and Jeb Ummel, Overland Park; a sister, Kelle (Ummel) Schniepp and husband, Charles, Bazine; a niece, Kelsee; a nephew, Garrett; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Mildred (Green) Ummel and Wilkins and Mildred (Murphy) Downing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ransom United Methodist Church, Ransom; inurnment in Ransom Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka.

Memorials are suggested to KSU Cancer Center, 1 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506 or to the Autism Society, 4340 East-West Hwy, Ste. 350, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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