Evelyn Blumer


Evelyn Blumer, 90, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 9, at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at 3:30 PM in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

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Evelyn Elaine (Roepke) Blumer was born May 14, 1932, to Bernhardt and Edna (Rahe) Roepke in Barnes, KS. She attended rural elementary at Bodaville, KS, and graduated from high school in Clay Center, KS. After high school, Evelyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Home Economics from Westmar College in Le Mars, IA.

Evelyn was united in marriage to Boyd A. Blumer on August 24, 1954, in Barnes KS.

Evelyn and Boyd lived in many towns across South Dakota including Clear Lake, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Hartford, Sturgis, Huron, Mission, and Mitchell along with living in Goodrich and Chaseley, North Dakota. Evelyn was always active in the churches where Boyd served. Her church memberships included the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and AAUW.

Throughout the years Evelyn worked as a school secretary, district school office secretary, and as coordinator of mission projects

Evelyn loved sunflowers as a reminder of her home state of Kansas. She also transplanted her mother’s iris plants to each place they lived. She was an avid reader and kept an impressive diary of all the books she had read. Evelyn was quietly passionate about Mission, especially Tree of Life ministry, where they served for two years on the reservation. Also, LaGonave Alive, a ministry in Haiti. She also organized a mission kit program at Mitchell First UMC. She always had deep interest and involvement in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, Boyd; sons, Craig (Barbara) Blumer of Oshkosh, WI, Bruce (Sharon) Blumer of Tea, SD, and Kurt Blumer of Chicago, IL; daughter, Susan (Ed) Togel of Watertown, SD; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother, Ross Roepke of Tullahoma, TN; and sister, Joyce Heddleson of San Luis Obispo, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Keith Roepke, and sister Arlyss Wendland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to LaGonave Alive (to build a home for women in Haiti) or the charity of your choice.

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