Jim Lawrence Bloor

Jim Lawrence Bloor, 83, of Oconomowoc, died peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2008.

He was born March 5, 1925 in Hartford, the only child of the late Lucille and Harry Bloor.

Jim spent his childhood in Hartford, and then moved to Watertown, to begin his teaching career, onto St. Charles, Ill. where he spent most of his adult life, moving to Oconomowoc in his retirement.

Jim served his country in the European Theatre during World War II as a member of the 30th "Old Hickory" Infantry Division, landing on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion.

Awarded a Purple Heart, Jim was especially honored to serve with so many brave soldiers and felt fortunate that he was able to return home.

Upon his return, Jim attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in education.

He was a devoted and enthusiastic teacher in the Watertown and Geneva, Ill. public school systems, spending 45 years in the classroom.

Jim was well-liked by his students, many crediting him for making a real difference in their lives.

From a young age Jim was an accomplished and passionate golfer, winning numerous individual and team awards. Throughout his life Jim continued to play golf with his family and friends, always enjoying his time spent on the golf course.

He demonstrated his civic commitment by his service on the parish council of his church, as an alderman on the Watertown City Council, president of the Watertown Education Associa-tion and membership in the Geneva Kiwanis Club, serving a term as president and lieutenant governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District.

A highlight of his life was being selected "Man of the Year" by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce for his work with youth outside his position as teacher.

He was preceded in death by his aunt and uncle, Lillie and Otto Kissel; a cousin, Bea (Fred) Shauer and Kiefer relatives.

Jim is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karen (nee Bakkom); five children, Ann (Dale), Kate, John (Pam), Julie and Sarah Bloor; Karenís daughter, Corinne MacPartland; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

He is further survived by his grandchildren, Amber, Brooke, Ryan, Brianne, Ellie, Mia and Kelsi; and a nephew, Steven, all of whom he was especially proud and who always brought a smile to his face.

Entombment will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe Ave., Hartford.

Donations in Jimís memory to help students attend college can be sent to the Hartford Better Education Scholarship Trust, c/o 1st National Bank of Hartford, P.O. Box 270106, Hartford, WI 53027.

The Malcore (East) Funeral Home and Crematory in Green Bay, is assisting the family.

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