Robert “Bob” Morris Blumer passed away unexpectedly on May 17, 2012, in
Plano, Texas. A former resident and 1955 graduate of Chesterton High School,
he was 74.
He was born July 24, 1937, in Gary, Ind., to Louis and Gladys (Morris)
Blumer, both of whom preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Ava Kay (Fitzgerald) Blumer of Plano; three
children; two grandchildren; brother Jim Blumer of Chesterton; two sisters,
Virginia Stults of San Diego, Calif., and Shirley Scheck of Alamo, Calif.;
and many nieces and nephews.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, served overseas, had a great love of music and
played in a military band. He led a distinguished career as an engineer,
working with McDonnell Douglas in the design of emerging aeronautical
development and research, playing a vital role in early spacecraft design
and testing. He also worked for Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Tex., retiring
in 2005. A vibrant thinker and participant in church and civic
organizations, he touched and inspired many in his pursuit of excellence and
A memorial service was held at Distinctive Life Funeral Home in Plano,
Texas, on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Charitable contributions may be made in
his honor to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.