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BLUMEYER, Richard L. 1932-2013

BLUMEYER, GROOTERS, ROBERTSON, HECTOR

Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 4/7/2014 at 22:31:41

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Wednesday, January 1, 2014]

WATERLOO - Richard L. "Blu" Blumeyer, 81, of Waterloo, died at ManorCare Health Services, Waterloo, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, of natural causes.

He was born on July 13, 1932 in rural Matlock, son of Ed and Mildred Grooters Blumeyer. He graduated from Sheldon High School and Sheldon Junior College with an Associate's of Arts degree, and from Morningside College, Sioux City, with a Bachelor of Science degree, where he also was a student athlete. Later he attended graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa.

He taught and coached boys basketball and baseball teams in Twin Rivers High School, Bode. Later he was a salesman for Craft Cochran Athletic Goods Co., Waterloo, for 15 years. He was the general manager of the Waterloo Royals and Waterloo Indians professional baseball teams for three years, where he served on the board of directors for 25 years and was a part owner. He also was the general manager of the Waterloo Black Hawks for one season. He scouted baseball talent as an associate scout for both the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals for a number of years.

He helped organize the Waterloo Merchants as a player and helped co-manage the team for 35 years, winning nine state championships. With athletics being a big part of his life, he officiated basketball for 35 years and baseball for 25 years. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association and Iowa High School Athletics Association Officials Halls of Fame. He was president of the Waterloo Sports of Sorts Club for 25 years and the Iowa Amateur Baseball Association for 15 years. He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a follower and shareholder of the Green Bay Packers football team and loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for many years. Over the years, he enjoyed supporting Cedar Valley area high school athletics and attending his grandsonsí sporting events.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Robertson of La Porte City; two grandsons, Dallas and Damon Powell, both of Waterloo; a sister, Marlys (Harold "Booty") Hector of Sheldon; three nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and niece Debbie Hofmeyer.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo.

Committal services will be noon Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Sheridan Township Cemetery, Boyden.

Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Locke Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to American Red Cross (Black Hawk County Chapter) or (Greater Northwest Iowa), East High School Athletic Association or Cedar Valley Hospice.


 

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