R. ‘Doug’ Bloom, 81
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