LAS VEGAS Lt. Colonel Hal R. Brumbach Jr. (Ret.), 87, of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 1, 2011. He was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Ilwaco, the son of Irene (Baker) Brumbach-Martz and Hal Raymond Brumbach, Sr., who was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula.
He graduated from Ilwaco High School and attended college while in the military. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. He retired as Lt. Colonel with the Special Weapons Division from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. He served two tours of duty in Alaska. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1964, he and his family moved to Las Vegas, where he accepted a position with Reynolds Electric and Engineering Company at the Nevada Test Site.
His wife of 57 years, three children, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and brother, Wayne Brumbach of West Virginia, survive him.
A military memorial service was held on Jan. 11, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army are appreciated.