Jackie Neil Bumgardner, 73, of Burden, Kansas passed away Saturday evening, November 24, 2012 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita with his family by his side.
Born January 18, 1939 in Ericson, Nebraska he was the son of Harold Leon and Frances Cordelia (Page) Bumgardner. He was raised and received his early education in Burwell, Nebraska and then went to High School at Ericson High School, graduating in 1957. After school he joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. While in the Air Force he was stationed at Lowery Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado and later, Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1962 and returned home to Nebraska.
Jack was united in marriage to Wilma “Elaine” Sparks on June 7, 1980 in O’Neill, Nebraska. The couple made their home in O’Neill where Jack managed O’Neill Concrete Plant. He worked in several areas of construction throughout his life including working as a heavy equipment operator on the highways in Nebraska. In 1995 he and Elaine moved to Burden, Kansas to be near family.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ericson, Nebraska and the Burwell American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and tinkering in his shop.
His family includes: His wife: Elaine Bumgardner of the home; His daughter: Brenda Harrison and husband, Mark of Orchard, NE; His stepson: Rick Stewart and wife, Terry of Arkansas City; His stepdaughters: Marcia “Cricket” Kielhorn and husband, Dale of Burden; Alice “Sunshine” Fortner and husband, Ron of Arkansas City; His sisters: Marilyn “Tootie” Weber of White Salmon, WA; Shirley Lowery and husband, Melvin of Burwell, NE; and His 3 grandchildren, 10 step grandchildren, and 9 step great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents Jack was preceded in death by a son, two daughters, and a sister.
Private family services have been planned for a later date at the Kansas Veterans‘ Cemetery in Winfield. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established in Jack‘s name for the Burwell American Legion. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.