Business Leader’s Legacy Lives on Through Local Seventh Grader

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Notre Dame seventh grader Ethan Beckett is receiving $2,500 toward his 2017-2018 tuition and is honoring an outstanding business leader at the same time.

Beckett is receiving a Todd B. Rumpke Memorial Scholarship. Rumpke was a vice president at family-owned, Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Todd’s widow Sonya Rumpke established the Todd B. Memorial Scholarship Fund following Todd’s passing on September 7, 2016.

“Throughout his life, Todd liked to anonymously donate money to help students who had the ambition and drive to succeed, but who needed financial assistance to continue their education,” said Sonya. “He did it all the time and no one ever knew. He would just say someone needs help and it’s the right thing to do.”

Sonya decided to go public with this scholarship to further honor Todd. “Distributing these scholarships to worthy recipients is not only a great use of the fund, but it’s also a wonderful way to honor Todd. He always believed in using what he had to improve the lives of others,” she added. “And since Portsmouth is a Rumpke service area, the Portsmouth community has always meant quite a bit to him and Rumpke as a whole.”

Sonya chose to award a scholarship to a Notre Dame student, because of her personal connection to Portsmouth and the family. “Portsmouth is my hometown, and it’s one of the very first service areas Todd managed at Rumpke. We knew this particular family and wanted to help.”

In addition to Ethan’s scholarship, the fund will supply five additional scholarships for students attending schools associated with Todd’s church parish, as well as public schools throughout other service regions Todd managed when at Rumpke Waste & Recycling.

“Todd was a kind and generous man, the very best husband, father and friend you could ask for,” recalled Sonya.

Born June 3, 1963, his friends will tell you Todd was a man of his word. He was down to earth, upbeat and positive and you always knew where you stood with him. He was passionate about life and very proud of his work and involvement in one of the nation’s largest family-owned companies.

From the time he was little boy, Todd adored all things Rumpke. He spent his life working for the waste and recycling business, following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. Rumpke became regional vice president for Rumpke’s Southeast Market, which includes Georgetown, Ohio and parts of northern, central and eastern Kentucky, in 2002. Before accepting the vice president position, Rumpke was district manager for Rumpke’s Portsmouth and Beech Hollow, Ohio, locations. His career also included work as a route manager, driver, general laborer and Rumpke Park employee.

In his role as regional vice president, Todd managed the construction of three landfills and hundreds of employees. During his tenure, he worked to expand those sites and implement new environmentally-beneficial technology. He oversaw the construction of a landfill gas recovery system at the Pendleton County, Kentucky, Landfill, and began planning a second landfill gas recovery facility at the Brown County, Ohio, Landfill which opened this spring. These facilities convert landfill gas into useable energy.

“Innovation and creativity excited him and he possessed an unwavering desire to grow and expand the company beyond its current borders,” said Bill Rumpke Jr., President and CEO at Rumpke Waste & Recycling.

Rumpke earned a bachelor’s degree in General Business and Personnel Management from Miami University (Ohio). Rumpke was also a MOLO and Kentucky State Certified Landfill Manager.

“He was fun. He was fearless. His personality and sense of adventure was endearing to many. He lived life to the fullest and inspired others to do the same,” added Bill Rumpke Jr.

In his free time, Rumpke always enjoyed spending time with his wife and three sons. He volunteered at church. He liked home remodeling, landscaping, and coaching his kids in baseball and hockey.

He also loved auto racing, a passion that began when he was a kid. He competed in road racing, auto crossing and pro touring with his 2006 Corvette. His number was 63 and he had fans everywhere.

Todd is survived by his mother Mary (late Tom Rumpke, Rumpke’s former co-president and CEO) Rumpke, his wife Sonya Rumpke and his sons Rumpke Central Ohio Market Route Manager Tyler (Abby) Rumpke, Rumpke Cincinnati Market Outside Sales Representative Zakk Rumpke and Brock Rumpke, as well as his brothers Mark (Kim) Rumpke and Matt (Kathy Jo) Rumpke and sister Melissa (Brian) Krieger, as well as countless in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rumpke Waste & Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered in Colerain Township, Ohio, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics and Rumpke Haul-it-Away. Please visit for more information.

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