Leo Walter Blumer

May 26, 1926 - November 22, 2011
Leo Walter Blumer

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Age 85

Hendersonville, NC

Leo Walter Blumer was born to Walter and Mae Blumer on May 26, 1926 in Hancock County, Iowa, and died on November 22, 2011 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, North Carolina under the loving care of Four Seasons Hospice.

Leo grew up on a farm near Klemme, Iowa and graduated from Klemme High School. He briefly attended Waldorf College in Forest City, where he met his wife, Dixie. Leo served in the Navy for two years and then attended Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed by Northwestern Bell, beginning a 35 year career with the Bell System. He retired in 1984 and he and Dixie moved to Henderson County, North Carolina in 1986 to spend their retirement years.

Leo loved to play golf and bridge, and he and Dixie spent many, many days hiking in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. He also enjoyed the time he spent building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Travels took Leo and Dixie to many foreign counties and throughout the US, with western and southwestern United States being special destinations.

Leo is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dixie; 1 son and 3 daughters: Kendall Blumer (Celeste) of St. Louis, MO; Barbara Blumer (Ed Martini) of Eagan, MN; Jeri Skelton (Richard) of St. Charles, IL; Alicia Henderson (Steve) of Lincoln NE; 8 grandchildren: Jessica and Libbi Hoel, Erin and Kerri Blumer, Kati and Jack Skelton, and Becky and Meghan Henderson; brother Ivan (Bonnie) Blumer; sister Mary Ann (Luverne) Schmidt, and sister Marlene (Cecil) Jacobs. His brother Glenn and his sister Margie preceded him in death.

Shuler Funeral Home in Hendersonville is assisting with arrangements and will accept condolences on behalf of the family at 125 Orrs Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792 or shulerfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Friends of DuPont Forest at PO Box 2107, Brevard, NC 28712, Four Seasons Hospice at 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock NC 28731, or to the charity of donorís choice.

The memorial service will be held in the Midwest at a later date.

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  • November 26, 2011
    Lores Vlaminck says:
    Barb, Dixie and family, I hold you in my heart... as I have learned of Leo's passing. What a blessing for him to have the physical and spiritual presence of his family specifically in the last weeks as he journeyed through a decline in health but with a renewed sense of love and family! What a legacy of attention to detail, honesty and planning he leaves to all of you. May God hold you close in your grief and loss, but also in the celebration of Leo's life.. Warmly, Lores

  • November 27, 2011
    Eunice and Al says:
    What a shock to read of Leo's death in today's paper!mzwy We have fond memories of all the Blumer family. May God's promises give you comfort. With love and sympathy to Dixie, Barb, Ken, Jeri and Alicia and families.

  • November 28, 2011
    Lee Luebbe says:
    Dear Dixie and family, The mortality of all of us comes close to home when we lose any one we know and love.May all your great memories of your good husband and father along with the support of many friends ease your loss at this time and in the future. When you have some time, I hope we can stay connected. Know that I will welcome staying in touch. Peace! Lee

  • November 29, 2011
    Chuck McGrady says:
    My earliest activism in Henderson County started at Dixie and Leo's home out in Etowah. Dixie got me engaged and pushed me forward, and Leo jumped in to help. I talking with him out in their front yard after some meeting at the house laughing about how he seemed to always get involved in whatever issue Dixie got involved in. He was just someone I enjoyed being with ... and I wish more folks had his temperment.

  • November 30, 2011
    Array says: