Herman "Dean" Blumer, 81 of Pasco died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Lourdes Medical Center after a courageous struggle with cancer.
He was born June 2, 1930 at Council Bluffs, Iowa to Herman F. and Clara M. (Van Doren) Blumer.
He resided on the family farm near Minden, Iowa. During the depression, the family moved to Igloo, S.D., where his parents were employed at the Black Hills Ordinance Depot.
In 1946 Dean joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served on the USS Indiana (BB-58) stationed in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. After his navy service he joined West River Electric in Rapid City, S.D. as a journeyman lineman. This is where he met Dorothy Richards, and they were married June 14 1953. After their marriage they traveled the west, working construction before settling in Okanogan in 1959 and working for the PUD.
During his time there he volunteered his time as a Little League coach, and a Boy Scout leader.
In 1978 the family moved to Pasco where he worked for the Franklin Co. PUD, retiring in 1990.
After his retirement he operated DB's Cake Shoppe with his wife until 1996, when they traveled to Yuma, Ariz., during the winter months.
Dean was a member of the Winnebago Valley Vagabonds and a 58-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
He is survived by two sons, Douglas of Morrison Colo., and Dennis (Diana), both of Sunnyside; three grandchildren, Charlotte, Alyson and Zackary; two great-grandchildren, Trenton and Dean; and one sister, Mary (Loren) Nielsen of Bennington, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Blumer; and a stepbrother, Melvin Blumer.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Riverview Methodist Church, 4012 W Court Street in Pasco.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Riverview Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2306, Pasco, WA 99302-2306.
Neptune Society of Spokane is in charge of arrangements.