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James Blom

July 27, 1923 January 6, 2018
James Blom
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Obituary for James Blom

JAMES JACOB BLOM was born on July 27, 1923, to Albert and Catherine (VanNieuwenhuyzen) Blom at home in Chanarambie Township, Murray County, Minnesota. He received his eighth grade education in rural Country School District 81. He worked on the farm with his father until October of 1943 when he entered into the Army Air Force and served in the 8th Air Force as a waist gunner on B24 bombers. He flew 12 missions, serving through to the end of the war in Germany. He was honorably discharged on December 20, 1945. He went to school in Kansas City, Missouri to learn watch repair, engraving, and jewelry repair. On July 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Baartman at her parents’ home. In 1950 he moved to Pipestone, Minnesota and worked for Schmidt Jewelers for 4.5 years. He had various jobs until he started Blom Jewelers in 1959. In 1975 he retired and continued to live in Pipestone. In 1993 he was preceded in death by Cynthia. On July 1, 2000, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Cramer at the United Church of Christ in Estelline, South Dakota. The couple moved into Falls Landing and Dorothy preceded James in death in 2014. After her passing James moved into Ridge View Estates in Pipestone. In May of 2017, he moved to Colonial Manor in Balaton, Minnesota and on December 29, 2017, he entered the Pipestone County Hospice House where he passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the age of 94 years, five months, and nine days.

James was an active member of the Pipestone Christian Reformed Church, serving as a Deacon and an Elder. He was also a charter member of the Pipestone Ambulance Association.

James is lovingly remembered by his four sons, Jerry (Verla) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Allen (LaVonne) of Pipestone, Steve (Lynette) of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Dan (Lucinda) of Fairview, Tennessee; two daughters, Connie (Calvin) Tinklenberg of Chandler, Minnesota, and Cynthia Coffee of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; one step-daughter, Wanda Tyler of White, South Dakota; one step-son, Roger Cramer of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Cynthia and Dorothy; one granddaughter, Lisa Tinklenberg; one grandson, Erik Blom; four brothers, Albert, Jillis, Henry, and Garrit; two sisters, Angie and Gertie; and one son-in-law, Jeff Klein.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

9

Jan

5:00 PM 1/9/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/9/2018 7:00:00 PM
Hartquist Funeral Home - Pipestone Chapel

710 SE 4th St.
PO Box 351
Pipestone, MN 56164

Hartquist Funeral Home - Pipestone Chapel
710 SE 4th St. Pipestone 56164 MN
United States

Service

Wednesday

10

Jan

10:30 AM 1/10/2018 10:30:00 AM
Christian Reformed Church - Pipestone

800 2nd Ave. SE
Pipestone, MN 56164

Christian Reformed Church - Pipestone
800 2nd Ave. SE Pipestone 56164 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

New Woodlawn Cemetery - Pipestone Final Resting Place

654 116th St.
Pipestone, MN 56164

654 116th St. Pipestone 56164 MN
United States
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