Rumple joins Shelter Insurance

Monday, March 30, 2009
Darlene West, Jennifer Bedwell, Jinsie Bingham, Kevin Miller and Dustin Rumple with Shelter Insurance, Bonnie Hanlon and Kerry McLain cut the ribbon in front of Shelter Insurance as the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce welcomed Rumple as the new Shelter Insurance Agent last week.

Dustin Rumple has joined Shelter Insurance as an agent and is ready to become more involved in the community

He was born in and raised in Ridge Farm, Ill, a 900 population farm town about 20 minutes south of Danville.

"It is so small that we didn't even have stop signs, just yield signs," said Rumple. He graduated from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School in 2000.

"From there I went to Danville Area Community College for two years on a baseball scholarship. I decided I wanted a change of scenery, so I decided to go south for the warmer weather and to finish my college and baseball career at the University of Central Arkansas, where I graduated with a degree in Business Administration," he told the Banner Graphic.

"During my two years as a pitcher for the Southland Conference UCA Bears, we averaged 35 wins and made it to the Southland conference tournament championship in 2005," noted Rumple.

After graduation he wasn't sure what he wanted to do, so he moved back to Illinois and worked for a concrete company for a year.

"A family friend turned me on to Insurance and I worked with his company for a couple of years first in Illinois then over here in Indiana. I moved to Greencastle in 2007 and loved it from the start. Everyone is quite friendly and there is a lot more to do here than in my hometown. Shelter Insurance offered me a position here in Greencastle in October of 2008 and I jumped at the opportunity," he said.

Shelter Insurance is a group of companies with two direct personal lines, property and casualty companies; a reinsurance company; a life and annuity insurer; and a thrift bank with $4 billion in assets.

Officially the company began in 1946 in Columbia, Mo. But its roots are actually much deeper.

On March 10, 1914, seven farmers gathered in the Newcomer School in Brunswick, Mo. and formed one of the state's first farm clubs. Their mission was to pool their resources to buy goods and supplies at volume prices. Three years later they joined with others to form the Missouri Farmers Association.

Having established an outlet for their harvests and sources for their supplies, they looked for other ways to help members. This led to providing farmers with reliable insurance protection at prices they could afford.

The Shelter Insurance began operations on Jan. 1, 1946 as MFA Mutual Insurance Company. They had seven employees and a $100,000 loan from the Missouri Farmers Association.

Before its 70th anniversary, MFA Mutual was the largest mutual casualty insurance company in Missouri.

Since opening our doors in 1946, Shelter Insurance has become one of the most successful and financially sound regional insurance groups in the country.

In 1986, Shelter introduced an international reinsurance operation, specializing in reinsuring property around the world.

The reason for their success is an emphasis on integrity, excellence and a commitment to improvement.

"Our goal is to benefit our customers, our communities, our employees and our agents. Our friendly, professional way of doing business has transformed us from a small company providing affordable care insurance into a leading corporation offering a variety of insurance products in 14 states," say company officials.

Under their umbrella called Shelter Insurance Companies are Shelter Mutual Insurance, Shelter General Insurance, Shelter Life Insurance and Shelter Reinsurance Company, as well as Shelter Financial Bank. These include approximately 2,000 employees throughout those 14 states.

Rumple is one of the company's 1,400 Shelter Insurance agents trained to make sure you have insurance protection when you need it.

"I can't wait to get more involved with the community. Everyone I have met so far has been terrific," said Rumple.

He can be reached at Shelter Insurance, 1208 S. Bloomington St., Greencastle. His phone number is 765-653-8980 and cell number is 217-497-3452. Email him at

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