Evelyn Blumer

Evelyn Blumer


May 14, 1932 - July 16, 2022


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.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at: https://www.sfumc.org/

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, and 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.



Tuesday, August 9, 2022
10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
401 S Spring Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


3:30 PM Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jan Quenzer on August 9, 2022
I'm sorry about Evelyn's passing. She was one of the kindest women I know. I know all Blumer's will miss her. My heart goes out to you Boyd...
Posted by Bruce Schiefelbein on August 8, 2022
Boyd, Craig, Bruce, Susan and Kurt; Peace be with all of you as you mourn, but also relive the memories of Evelyn. What a beautiful woman! She was always so tolerant, patient and caring. How she put up with all of us kids when we would gather at your house in Clear Lake to play with Craig and Bruce is beyond me! God rest her soul and God bless all of you.
Posted by Donna Gerlach on July 31, 2022
Dear Boyd and family, my deepest sympathy to all. Love and prayers, Donna
Posted by Robbyn Gauger Givens on July 26, 2022
Another beautiful soul has gone to join our Lord! It doesn't matter at what age we lose our mother, spouse, grandmother, etc., it leaves a hole in our hearts. Boyde and family, I pray that our loving God will hold you all in His arms and comfort you. Godspeed!
Posted by Joel WInckler on July 26, 2022
Boyd and family, I am praying for you to be strengthened by the peace and hope we have in Jesus Christ during this time of mourning and loss.
Posted by Craig and Tanya Magee on July 25, 2022
So sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy for you Boyd and your family. May God comfort you as you celebrate her life.
Posted by Judy & Jerry Miller on July 25, 2022
Our prayers are with you as you celebrate Evelyn's life. We
always enjoyed visiting with her when she & Boyd would come to Watertown to visit Sue and family. Jerry & Judy Miller
Posted by Gary and Debra Ball-Kilbourne on July 23, 2022
We have admired Evelyn and her work with the UMW and missions, her gracious ways, her love and support of family and her sense of humor. Our sincere sympathy! May the memories of Evelyn be rich, warm and fun— and may each help as you grieve.
Posted by JoAnn Ditta on July 23, 2022
Evelyn was a wonderful AAUW member. Enjoyed our conversations. She contributed much to society.
Posted by Pat & George Breidenbach on July 23, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. She was such a lovely person, always friendly and gracious in her quiet way . . . both of you greatly missed in Mitchell. Sending our love and prayers to you, Boyd, and all of your family.
Posted by Ardis Beck on July 22, 2022
Thoughts and prayers being sent your way. I always loved visiting with your mom at AAUW meetings.
Posted by Mary Jo(Jody) Hartung on July 22, 2022
Boyd and family: thinking of you and keeping you in prayer.
Posted by F Dan Baker. on July 22, 2022
Prayers go out to the family. Especially for Bruce and his family.
Posted by Alvin Ave on July 22, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She had this great smile and that twinkle in her eyes. Very graceful in all she did .
Posted by Rose Andersen on July 22, 2022
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Boyd. Evelyn was a very special lady and will be missed.
Posted by Eugene & Marilyn Moeller on July 22, 2022
Our sincere condolences on your family’s loss. When I think of Evelyn, I think of her quick smile and the twinkle in her eye! She was filled with love and vitality, and I am thankful our paths crossed!
Posted by Steve Ziebarth on July 22, 2022
Losses like this are incredibly painful and difficult. We send our deepest sympathy. You will all be in our thought and prayers.
Posted by Jeanette Johnson on July 22, 2022
Boyd, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lovely lady
Posted by Peg Zerface on July 22, 2022
Boyd and family,
So sorry to read of Evelyn's death. I didn't know her well, but each time I visited with her, she was so filled with grace. My prayers are with you.
Posted by Neil Jordan on July 21, 2022
So sad to hear of Evelyn’s passing! Such great people and always caring and serving others. I so remember the waffle feeds!!!! God bless you at this difficult time Boyd
Posted by Roger & Janell (Hart) Krueger on July 21, 2022
Boyd and family, we send our deepest sympathies to each of you. I always enjoyed my visits with Evelyn even though they were very few and far between. I remember the stories my parents shared of the young pastor and his wife to the stories shared by both of you. Memories to cherish and keep in our hearts forever. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏
Posted by ronald fuchs on July 21, 2022
prayers for the Blumer family
Posted by Pastor Carli Steffes on July 20, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Evelyn was a beautiful person. She will be missed.
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