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Kenneth Carl Dumler
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Birth: May 8, 1927
Lincoln
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 2009
Hebron
Thayer County
Nebraska, USA



Kenneth Carl Dumler, the son of Rev. Henry and Elsie (Paulsen) Dumler, was born on May 8, 1927, at Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, Nebraska. He passed away at Thayer County Health Services on Saturday, July 18, 2009, at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 2 days.

Kenneth was baptized in June, 1927, at Hampton, Nebraska by Rev. Henry Dumler. He lived in Hampton then moved to Hildreth until 1937. In 1937, they moved to Davenport where he attended school and graduated in 1945. He was confirmed on April 6, 1941, by Rev. Henry Dumler at Christ's Lutheran Church, Davenport. Kenneth entered the US Army on July 19, 1945, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He took basic training at Camp Fannin, Texas and was assigned to the 86th Black Hawk Division in Okinawa for invasion of Japan. In March 1946, he was assigned to C Company 16th Infantry Division Landshut,Germany. He served at Dachou Concentration Camp and his unit was moved to Vienna, Austria in October of 1946. He rotated to the States in April of 1949 and was assigned to A Company 14th Infantry, Camp Carson Colorado. There he took ski and winter training and in January 1950 he participated in Artic maneuvers. Upon his return to Camp Carson he learned mountain climbing and related mountain training exercises. When the Korean War broke out in June of 1950 he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division. He sailed from Tacoma, Washington to Pusan, Korea in August 1950. He became a squad leader of Fox Company 23rd Infantry Division. He fought in battles at Teague, Chang-yong Sector of Naktong River. The fight continued north to Kun-ri North Korea where they fought rear guard action to protect withdrawal to the south. Kenneth was wounded and evacuated to a hospital in Japan in December of 1950. He returned to Fox Company in January of 1951 and again returned to the hospital. After a five month stay in the hospital he returned to the States in May of 1952 and was assigned to F Company 200th Infantry 31st Division at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was discharged in September of 1952 and re-enlisted in April of 1954, going to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland as a test gunner. He then became a small arms repairman for the 556th Ord Company in Zirndorf, Germany. Upon his return state side he attended Explosive Ordinance School in February of 1959. After 19 weeks of training he was assigned to Detachment G3 Range Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In October of 1965 he was assigned to E.O. D. Det. Hq and Hq 184th Ord. Bn. and sailed for Vietnam December 9, 1965. He worked with the 1st Cavalry Division and the 101st Abn Division. He returned home in November of 1966 and retired at Fort Stewart, Georgia on June 1, 1967. He received the following awards and decorations: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with V (valor) Device, 1st Oak LEAF Cluster, Purple Heart, WWII Victory, Occupation Ribbon Germany, Occupation ribbon Japan, Good Conduct w/4 knots, National Service Defense, Korean Service Ribbon 3 battle stars, U.N. Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal 2/s battle stars, Vietnam Commendation Medal, EOD Badge, Distinguished Unit Citation, and Syngman Rhe Presidential Unit Citation. On January 20, 1956, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Waldron at Zirndorf, Germany and also at the Chapel on Post by Colonel Sherry. They lived on the German economy before receiving quarters on the post. Upon their return to the States in February of 1958, they lived in wherry housing at Aberdeen proving ground. They moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma in July of 1958, where they resided until Kenneth was assigned to Vietnam in December of 1965. This union was blessed with three children: Cindy, Mark and Jon. Kenneth was an active member in his church in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he taught catechism and served on the church council. He was a life member of the 2nd Division American Legion Post #335, VFW Post #10579, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and a charter member of GI, Chapter #632. He was also a charter member of the National Explosives Ordinance Disposal and the 23rd Infantry Regiment. He was a member of the Nebraska Admirals Association, Grand Island Port. He served the Davenport American Legion Post as a commander and many years was in charge of the firing squad for Memorial Day and helped put flags out at the cemetery and downtown for patriotic holidays, until his health gave away. Kenneth was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as a section man from 1952-1954 and 1969-1984. Kenneth enjoyed his children and grandchildren, always telling them stories of his service days. He talked to his great-grandchildren on the phone learning about activities. He traveled to many functions for service organizations with Bonnie and visiting with other members of the armed forces. At home his favorite time was spent rocking in his rocking chair and listening to classic music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Corinne Weyhrich. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Waldron) Dumler of Davenport, NE; daughter, Cindy Dumler of Cheney, WA; sons: Mark Dumler and wife, Vicky of Hastings, NE; and Jon Dumler of Fairfield, NE; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Dumler and companion, Karen of Austin, TX, and Martin Dumler and wife, Jane of Denver, CO; two sisters, Connie Cogger and husband, Bill of Kitty Hawk, NC and Elsie Holtzen and husband, Marvin of Davenport, NE; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services: Friday, July 24, 2009, at 10:30 AM at Christ's Lutheran Church, Davenport, Nebraska

Interment: Davenport City Cemetery, Davenport, Nebraska

Memorials: to the family's choice 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Dumler (1896 - 1968)
  Elsie Paulsen Dumler (1897 - 1966)
 
 Siblings:
  Kenneth Carl Dumler (1927 - 2009)
  Corinne M Weyhrich (1934 - 2003)*
  Elsie Dorothea Dumler Holtzen (1939 - 2012)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SP 6 US ARMY WW II KOREA VIETNAM
BRONZE STAR METAL W/V
PURPLE HEART
 
Burial:
Davenport Cemetery
Davenport
Thayer County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Block 9 Lot 78 Grave 8
 
Created by: Marilyn Sanner Keim
Record added: Jul 19, 2009
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Kenneth Carl Dumler
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