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Norman "Doc" Brumwell


Norman Dale "Doc" Brumwell, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Solon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Kober officiating. Burial, with military honors by the Solon American Legion, will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Solon. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Solon United Methodist Church, Solon American Legion or the Solon Fire Department.
Doc was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Urbana, Iowa, the son of Ed and Caroline Gehring Brumwell. He was raised in Solon, where he graduated from Solon High School in 1951. Doc was the class president and as a senior, played on the sub-state basketball championship team. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He spent two years in Itazuke, Japan, as part of the 68th Fighter Squadron, better known as "The Lightning Lancers."
On March 10, 1956, Doc married Eleanor Marie Stinocher in Iowa City. Together with his brother Vernon, Doc operated the Brumwell Flour Mill in Solon, later moving to South Amana.
Doc loved time spent playing the guitar and steel guitar, which he did professionally for many years. He played with The Country Gentlemen, the Kenny Hoffer Orchestra and many other local groups. While serving in Japan, he played with the Rice Pattie Ramblers. Doc enjoyed doing body work on cars.
He was a member of the Solon Methodist Church and the Solon American Legion Stinocher Post No. 460. Doc was proud to have been on the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in October 2016.
Survivors include his three children, Scott (Jayne) Brumwell of Solon, Dale Brumwell of Iowa City and Janet Glenn of North Liberty; five grandchildren, Hannah (Jason) Grimm, Jenni (James) Bertrand, AJ Brumwell, Sam Glenn and Justin Glenn; two great-grandchildren, Elliot and Emmet Grimm; and four siblings, Harlan (Jeanne) Brumwell of Cedar Rapids, Imogene (Marvin "Bud") of Central City, Vernon (Linda) Brumwell of Texas and Dorothy Kidwell of Arizona.
Doc was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2016; and his brother, Vearl.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.