Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Edward D. Falkenburg, 61, a former bombardier-navigator and intelligence officer, died Saturday at Bethesda Naval Hospital after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.

At the time of his retirement in 1970, he was with the Defense Intelligence Agency here. He was a veteran of three conflicts, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, seeing overseas duty in all three.

Col. Falkenburg was born in Tampa, Fla. He entered the Army in 1940 and was assigned to its Air Corps two years later. He served in the Pacific in World War II as a bombardier-navigator in the 43rd Bombardment Group.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Tex. He also attended several service intelligence schools and in 1953 was stationed in Korea as an intelligence officer.

In 1961, Col. Falkenburg was assigned to a tactical reconnaissance wing at Laon Air Base, France. From 1964 to 1966, he was on duty with the intelligence group at Arlington Hall Station here. He then had a tour of duty in Vietnam as air targets officer with headquarters, 7th Air Force.

While assigned here to DIA, he also conducted special studies at Tactical Air Command headquarters at Langley Air Force Base in Norfolk. t

His decorations included the Air Force and Joint Services commendation medals.

He is survived by his wife, Olga, and his mother, Mary Wooster, both of Annandale.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.