LeRoy Blohm(1934 - 2014)

LeRoy Blohm

Born: Aug. 26, 1934; Seymour, WI

Died: May 12, 2104; Glen Ellyn, IL

LeRoy "Lee" Blohm, of Glen Ellyn, formerly of Appleton Wisconsin, died on Monday, May 12, 2104.

Lee lived in Glen Ellyn just one year. He was blessed with wonderful neighbors, new friends at the Busy Bee Barber Shop, and Brian and the staff at Glen Oak Restaurant. He was welcomed by the Thursday Morning Breakfast Group and enjoyed their lively conversations.

Lee was born August 26, 1934, at home on the family dairy farm near Seymour, Wisconsin, the third in the family of nine children of Herbert and Dolores (Hurst) Blohm. He was baptized and confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour, Wisconsin.

Lee's early education was in a one-room rural school, and he graduated from Seymour High School, Class of 1953. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison, earning a degree in Bacteriology and Dairy Science. While at UW, he completed ROTC training and was commissioned as a U.S. Army Officer. He trained with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft Benning, Georgia.

Lee married Margaret Appleton at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Freedom Wisconsin, on June 20, 1959. During the next 54 years, they lived in Bonduel, Shawano and Marshfield, Wisconsin. They also made a home for their six children in Walnut, and Princeton, Illinois. Lee was formerly employed by Consolidated Badger Inc. and Avanti Foods. He was also the owner and proprietor of the Cheddar House in Princeton, Illinois.

Throughout his lifetime, Lee was of service to these communities as a member of his church, educational groups, and several organizations including Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association, Knights of Columbus and Pheasants Forever. Lee was also very committed to his work with Gateway Services for Disabled Adults and Children, including regularly hiring disabled individuals as seasonal employees in the business.

Following his retirement in 1994, Lee and Margaret lived in Freedom and Appleton Wisconsin. After they moved to Appleton, he worked at Cardinal Health. He was also a member of the Wisconsin/ Nicaragua Partnership and served a volunteer assignment in Nicaragua to evaluate dairy sanitation and cheese production.

Lee is survived by his wife, Margaret; his six children and their families, Laura (Craig) Pitts and son, Eric of Glen Ellyn, IL; Dr. Patrick (Carolyn) Blohm and sons; Matthew and Nicholas of Savannah, GA; Dr. Kathy Blohm (Todd Sattler) and their children, Adam, Emma and Julia of Bismarck, ND; Dr. Brenda Blohm (Steve Benck) and their children, Erin, Rachel, Emmett and Owen of Portage, WI; Maria (Jim) Ellis and their children, Charlie and Margaret of Glen Ellyn, IL; Christopher (Naomi) Blohm and their sons, Oscar and Orville of Fond du Lac, WI.

The funeral liturgy for LeRoy was held May 23, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 410 W. Lawrence Street in Appleton, WI. Committal services were at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with full military honors.

Published in Suburban Life Publications on June 5, 2014