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Jerry Lee  Brumbelow
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Obituary for Jerry Lee Brumbelow

Jerry was born during the ‘Centennial of the Texas Republic,’ on April 30, 1936 in Kilgore, Texas to James and Irene Brumbelow. He passed away on July 28, 2018 sue to multiple medical challenges after living a full and exciting life.
He had a varied educational background staring with his early years where he spent time from three days to two years for a total of 16 different schools in three states. He graduated from Fair Park High School in Shreveport, LA in 1954, the only school he attended for more than two years. His college career was extensive and varied where he attended Louisiana State University, along with Centenary College, Florida State University, Anne Arundel Community College, and finally graduating with a History degree from the University of Maryland University College, only taking 18 years, and full use of the GI bill. He also used a portion of the GI bill to obtain his Commercial/Instrument pilots rating.
Mr. Brumbelow served with the Army Security Agency for six years throughout the world including exotic locations of: Kyoto, Japan; Luzon, the Philippines; with the 18th Airborne at Fort Bragg; and Homestead, Florida. While at Homestead he had the pleasure of working for Mr. James Donovan, helping in the processing of the Cuban Bay of Pigs returnees.
In 1964, he moved to Maryland to work for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade and over the next 27 years served in the following groups: A, C, G, I, K, P, S, T, and W. He spent of State in Honduras, Germany, and China; and with the Army as an instructor in South Korea.
While at the agency he met Maryann Travers who he later married and recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Together they raised their daughter Paula in Crownsville.
Mr. Brumbelow was actively involved within the community during his 44 years of living in Anne Arundel County. He officiated youth sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and softball. He served as a volunteer Anne Arundel County Police Reserve Officer, spending many rainy cold nights directing traffic around accidents. After retiring from the Agency, he went to work part time with the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s office, entering data into law enforcement computers which he kept until the age of 81.
While working with the Sheriff’s office, Jerry took several writing classes at Heritage Harbor which encouraged him to self-publish five adventure novels, in the ‘Blueman’ series. While nowhere near the ‘best sellers’ list, it was at the top of his 'self- satisfying' list.
Most of his life he was an avid traveler, with his first trek being across the State of Texas at eight years old on Greyhound buses. At fourteen he traveled for three days on railroad trains, from Louisiana to Los Angles, to rejoin his parents. This continued for many years, with a pinnacle trip from St. Petersburg, Russia to Irkutsk, Siberia and then continuing to Ulan Bator, Mongolia and Beijing, China. From there he flew to Baltimore, completing his around-the-world solo trip. Jerry visited six of the seven continents where he explored the people, places, and food that make each unique. Mr. Brumbelow mined for amethysts in the Australian Outback, stayed at a former (maybe not) brothel hotel in Tasmania, snorkeled the reefs in Tahiti, went on a Curry Quest in Tokyo, ate raw fish at the Fish Market in Hokkaido, traveled the Panama Canal three times, crossed the prime meridian, equator, and international dateline by boat, and straddled the equator in Ecuador.
Mr. Brumbelow has been fortunate to have long term friends in the community and appreciated their support with his life, and thanks them for all their support.
There will be a memorial service held at Lasting Tributes located at 814 Bestgate Road, Annapolis on Friday, August 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a private internment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery - Crownsville, which is just down the street for his former home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lighthouse, Inc. of Annapolis, 10 Hudson Street, Annapolis MD 21401 or the USO (www.uso.org/donate)


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Lasting Tributes Cremation & Funeral Care

814 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Friday

3

Aug

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Lasting Tributes Cremation & Funeral Care

814 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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