Robert Bulman

Robert E. Bulman, 89, of Waukon, formerly of New Albin, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at the New Albin Community Center with Pastor Paul Burgess officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, rural New Albin.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the community center. Wearing of masks and social distancing are required. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hope Cemetery Fund.

Robert Edward Bulman was born December 2, 1931 in Preston, MN to Alton and Helga (Sadler) Bulman. He was baptized and confirmed at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in rural New Albin, attended English Bench country school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1951, where he was active in vocal and drama productions. During high school he was honored to be selected to attend Boys State in Des Moines.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and served between 1953-1957. Bob achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and flew with reserve officers as a flight engineer on C 45, 46 and 47 aircraft.

September 20, 1953, he married Shirley Weymiller at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church. To this union six children were born. Bob and Shirley lived in Olathe, KS for four years while he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. They returned to New Albin, where Bob owned and operated Bulman Farm Store until his retirement. Bob was an avid hunter, especially hunting deer, bear and wild turkey, and he loved to fish.

He was very active in the New Albin community serving as mayor, councilman, and was a member of the New Albin Fire Department for 35 years. Bob served on several boards including New Albin Savings Bank, Ace Telephone Company of MN, Allamakee County Conservation, and New Albin Charities. He was a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and a lifetime member of the New Albin VFW and NRA. Bob also served as an elder at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.

Upon his retirement in 1988, Bob and Shirley took their entire family on a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World in Florida. He created Lake Flossy on his Spring Hollow Farm as a place for his children and grandchildren to gather and enjoy. So many cherished family memories... Family was everything to Bob!

After Shirley’s passing in 1995, Bob reconnected with a former high school classmate, Marilyn Clark. They were married July 10, 1999 at the Spring Hollow Farm. They enjoyed traveling and visiting family.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn (Clark) Bulman of Waukon; his children: Doug (LeeAnn) Bulman of Oelwein, Dan (Barb) Bulman of LaCrescent, MN, Jody (Lee) Stoltman of Winona, MN, Jeanne Dobbs of Wasioja, MN, John (Jodi) Bulman of Zumbro Falls, MN and Lynne (John) Burke of Burnsville, MN; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren, with two on the way. He is also survived by Marilyn’s children: Doug (Sue) Clark of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Joel (Sue) Clark of Huntsville, AL, Sue Clark of Waukon, Thea (Don) Thies of Waukon and Shelly (Steve) Gearhart of Cedar Falls; eight step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Grace Bulman and Nancy (Tom) Collins; and two brothers-in-law, Ron (Lois) Weymiller and Donald Weymiller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Shirley; a son-in-law, David Dobbs; two great-granddaughters, Poppy Stevens and River Carver-Dobbs; a sister, Lois Wiedenmann; three brothers, Delbert, Loren and Dean Bulman; a brother-in-law, Neil Wiedenmann; and two sisters-in-law, Eloise and Margaret Bulman.

Honorary casketbearers are his granddaughters: Holly Bezy, Taylor Burke, Brooke Burkhulter, Alissa Chandler, Jennifer Dobbs, Sammantha Miller, April Stevens, Emilie Volkman, Ashley Walden, Abby Welsh and Megan Wiltgen. Casketbearers are his grandsons, Chad, Drew and Isaac Bulman, Jake and Sam Wiltgen, Luke and Matt Dobbs, and Zachary, Coleton and Carson Burke.

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