84, 825 Arnold St., Galesburg, died at 4 PM Sunday, December 28, 2008 in Heartland Health Care Center.
He was born December 2, 1924 in Warren, PA, the son of Harry and Elles Johansen Bloom. He married Nola I. Matson on January 9, 1946 in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are 2 sons, Frank J. Bloom, Jr. of Toulon, IL and David G. (and Pamela) Bloom of Galesburg, 4 grandchildren, Bridget (and Erik) Wessel of Grafton, WI, Scott (and Stacie) Bloom of Princeton, IL, F. Kevin (and Heather) Bloom of Kewanee, IL, and David J. (and Emily) Bloom of Evansdale, IA, 4 great grandchildren, Aspen Bloom of Kewanee, IL, Nathaniel Bloom of Chicago, and Kayla Bloom and Kyle Bloom, both of Kewanee, IL, a niece, Kristin (and Thomas) Gajdowski, of Saegertown, PA, a nephew, Timothy (and Penny) Paxson of Murfreesboro, TN, and a great niece, Kathryn Gajdowski of Saegertown, PA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret M. Paxson.
He worked as the cost department manager at Butler Manufacturing Company for 35 years, retiring September 1, 1986.
He graduated from Boston English High School and attended Wentworth University. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, where he was a Sunday school teacher, deacon, trustee, volunteered in the office and was a Boy Scout leader. He was also a member of the Viking Club of Moline, the Flemish American Club of Kewanee, and the CBI Hump Pilot’s Association.
He served in the United States Army Air Corps for 4 years during World War II.
Funeral will be 11 AM Wednesday in First Lutheran Church. The Rev. Paul Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be 10 to 11 AM Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.