Dick Alan Blom, 92, Luverne, formerly of Leota, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
Visitation will be from 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Bethel Reformed Church in Leota. A funeral will follow at 2 p.m. with burial in the Leota Community Cemetery.
Dick Blom was born to Chris and Josie (Westenberg) Blom on June 24, 1924, on a farm 2 1/2 miles southeast of Leota. He received Christian infant baptism on Sept. 14, 1924, and graduated from eighth grade at Country School District 99. He confessed Jesus as his Savior on Oct. 6, 1944, at Bethel Reformed Church in Leota, where he served as elder for 29 years as well as many years as Sunday School superintendent and teacher.
In March of 1945 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and received his basic training at Camp Maxey, Texas, where soldiers were being trained for invasion of Japan. When he was home on furlough in August, the war in the Pacific ended. In September he was sent to Okinawa with the Occupation Army. In October 1946 he was discharged from the Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
On Feb. 18, 1947, Dick married Pauline Bruxvoort. On March 1 they moved to a farm four miles east of Leota that Dick’s parents had purchased while he was in the service. They farmed there for 45 years.
Dick was an auctioneer for 47 years and a real estate broker for over 20 years. He served on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Board, the Inspiration Hills Board, and the Chandler School Board. Dick and Pauline retired from farming in 1991 and moved to Leota where Dick enjoyed riding his bike.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; four children, Joan (Tom) Strauss, Elkader, Iowa, Diann (Dave) Claassen, Brandon, Florida, Dean (Sue Rehder) Blom, New Hope, and Sherlyn (Jim) De Hoog, San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren by birth and 15 by guardianship; three brothers, Alvin (Gladys) Blom, Luverne, Glenn (Geraldine) Blom, Leota, Earl (Marsha) Blom, Luverne, and a sister, Caroline (Frank) Vander Woude, Chandler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald, one nephew, one niece, and one great-grandson.
Arrangements are through Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com