GLENN F KUMMER , FORMER FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES PRESIDENT AND COO PASSES AWAY AT AGE 87
Manufactured housing has recently been saddened with the passing of two larger than life leaders and competitors with parallel careers that have shaped today’s manufactured home industry. Art Decio, Skyline Corporation passed away on November 6th, 2020. – “Art Decio. Manufactured Housing Pioneer And ‘The Heart of Elkhart’ Has Passed Away At Age 90.” – Glenn Kummer, Fleetwood Enterprises passed on November 7th, 2020.
GLENN F. KUMMER
1933 – 2020
The manufactured housing industry along with a large family and circle of friends and admirers mourn the passing of Glenn Kummer, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Fleetwood Enterprises, who died on November 7, and laid to rest in Lindon, Utah. He was 87.
Born in 1933 in Park City, Utah, in 1933 married his sweetheart, Marilyn Stevenson (deceased), together they have six children: Dixon Kummer (Dana), Christine Dillenbach (Drew), Cynthia Baumgardner (David), Amy King (David), Michael Kummer (Jennifer) and Linda Gallacher (Bryan). He is also survived by his brother Duane Kummer, 26 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shortly after graduating with honors with an accounting degree from the University of Utah, the family moved to southern California where he began his professional career with Ernst & Ernst. In 1965 he found a career home with Fleetwood Enterprises in Riverside, California, and they discovered a leader in Glenn.
He started with Fleetwood as a purchasing agent and moved up the leadership ladder. In 1982 he was named President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, Fleetwood grew to become the manufactured housing industry’s first Fortune 500 company and largest producer of manufactured homes in the nation.
Two phrases that inspired him and that he shared often were: “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” and “If you think you can or you can’t, you will.”
He made many friends and fond memories at Fleetwood. Glenn was also very involved in his community, serving on boards of numerous charitable, educational and corporate organizations. As a lifelong member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, Glenn attributed his leadership skills and talents to lessons he learned at church.
Glenn always had a love of sports and was a great competitor. He was an avid and accomplished golfer and won many tournaments and served on the board of the Victoria Golf Club in Riverside, California.
While many remember his professional accomplishments, those who knew him well, loved his stories, wisdom, humor, generosity, and one who was a friend to all. Rest in Peace.