Douglas R. ‘Doug’ Bloom, 81

Douglas R. “Doug” Bloom, 81, of West Bend, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the town of Polk.

Doug was born on Dec. 15, 1929, in Green Bay, to the late Robert and Hattie (nee Froelich) Bloom. He attended Gillet High School where he excelled in athletics and attended Badger Boys State before graduating in 1947. Following high school, Doug attended Beulah Heights Bible College in Georgia for three years before transferring to Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., where in 1952 he earned a B.A. in Biblical studies. Doug later attended Northern Michigan University for one year before transferring to Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he earned a B.S. in theology and education in 1965.

In 1952, Doug formed the New Life Assembly of God Church in Escanaba, Mich., and served as pastor there until 1956. On March 26, 1955, while serving as pastor, Doug was united in marriage to the love of his life, Shirley Hodge, in Negaunee, Mich. Two years later, Doug began working in the construction business and was a member of Local Union No. 2283 for 53 years. In 1963 Doug and his wife Shirley moved to West Bend to find a better life and less snow.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of over 56 years; his two sons, Terry L. (Marcia) Bloom of Kenosha and Vance (Ruth) Bloom of Nekoosa; seven grandchildren, Nathan (Valerie) Bloom of Holmen, Bethany Bloom of Madison, Micah Bloom of Kenosha, Jason Bloom of Kenosha, Amy Bloom of San Antonio, Texas, Scott (Julia) Bloom of El Paso, Texas, and Julie Bloom of Nashville, Tenn. Doug is further survived by two sisters, Geri Gilley of Bellingham, Wash., and Bev (William) Mahney of Sun City, Ariz.; two brothers-inlaw, James (Jean) Hodge of Mt. Morris and Thomas Hodge of Liberty, Texas; four nieces; one nephew; and many other dear relatives and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hattie; his father and mother-in-law, the Rev. Thomas and Jean Hodge; and his brother-in-law, Herald Gilley.

A funeral service in remembrance of Doug will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend. The Rev. William Swanger of Emmaus Bible Church will officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to Little Flock Gospel Ministries would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences may be found at