ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Herman Blom, 86, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Elrod officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.
Herman Christopher Blom, the son of Chris and Hanna (Janssen) Blom, was born May 28, 1925, in Gruver.
He received his education in the Gruver School, graduating from Gruver High School. Herman served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from military service he returned to the area.
On May 11, 1945, Herman was united in marriage to Bernice Horswell in Jackson, Minn. The couple made their home in Estherville where they raised their family. Herman was employed by the City of Estherville for 40 years and worked in the Electrical Distribution Plant. He also did plumbing and electrical work on his own. Bernice died Aug. 3, 1999. On July 27, 2002, Herman was united in marriage to Jeannine Clymer. The couple made their home in Estherville. In his leisure time Herman enjoyed woodworking.
Herman was a very active member of United Methodist Church in Estherville and also the United Methodist Bible Camp.
Left to cherish Herman's memory are his wife, Jeannine, of Estherville; two sons, Steven Blom and his wife, Janet of Janesville, Wis. and Dennis Blom of Kewanee, Ill.; one daughter, Sandra Holl, of Dolliver; two daughters-in-law, Deb Blom of Estherville and Diane Blom of Estherville; four step-children, Kathy Clymer-Hanson, Gary Clymer, Vivian Galusha and Deb Acord; many grandchildren; step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bertha Bliesmer of Fairmont, Minn. and also all of his church family and friends throughout the community.
Preceding Herman in death were his first wife, Bernice; two sons, Don and Jim; and three sisters, Matilda Hartung, Lorene Bosly and Cristina Anderson and three step-grandchildren, George Hanson, Amy Johnson and Mandy Acord.
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