Joseph P. “Joe” Brumbach, 86, an authority on early farm
machinery, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 22, 1990, at his home
in Caldwell. Rosary Devotions will be recited at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 26, at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic
Church, Parma, with Father David Brumbach of Washington as
celebrant. Burial will follow at the Parma
Mr. Brumbach was born Jan. 1, 1904, in the
area near Adrian where his parents, Ezra H. “Zeke” and Mary
“Mame” Brumbach, were among the first pioneer settlers. For
many years Mr. Brumbach ran one of the major grain-thrashing
operations in the Treasure Valley. When modern combines
replaced thrashers, he centered his attention on farming his
land on the banks of the Sanke River. He helped in the
construction for many of the region’s irrigation canals. Joe
Brumbach driving his 13,000-pound Rumley oil pull tractor have
been featured at such events as Old Fort Boise Days. He was
known throughout the area for his skill in keeping early
machinery in operating condition and his generosity in helping
He is survived by his wife, Jewel of Caldwell; a sister,
Irene Bishop of Seattle; a brother, Ezra T. Brumbach of
Adrian; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Mountain
State Tumor Institute, 151 E. Bannock, Boise.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Flahiff
Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.