Burdette Verlyn Blumer age 89 died in Denver, Colorado April 4th, 2021. Born January 10, 1932 on a farm near Beresford, SD to Eugene and Winnie (Fredericksen) Blumer, he is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Novello and Delmo. Burdette graduated from Beresford High School and South Dakota State University where he received a BA and Master’s Degree in Economics.
Burdette married Barbara Ann Beaver on July 28, 1956 in Long Beach, CA. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, sons Michael (wife Jane), Marc (wife Patti), four grandchildren, Dustin, Lea (husband Matt), Ryan, Greg, and great grandchildren Caleb, Mathew, and Austin.
Burdette served with the US Army Infantry from 1955 to 1975, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served assignments in the US, Hawaii (territory), Vietnam, and Germany. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal W/V, W/2 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal W/1 oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal W/V, W/3 oak leaf clusters, the Vietnamese Bronze Star, and other awards and decorations.
Burdette volunteered for 30+ years with the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Pharmacy at Peterson AFB. He and Barbara lived in Colorado Springs for 43 years before moving to Littleton in 2018.
A private graveside service will be at Fort Logan Military Cemetery on April 19th. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends at 1:30 PM on Sunday, April 18th at 21892 Tyrolite Ave., Parker, CO, 80138.
Memorials may be made to Pikes Peak Chapter of MOAA scholarship fund, attn. Jeff Wetjen, 719.481.9372.