Kenai resident U.S. Army Pfc. Alan Robert Blohm died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, as a result of wounds sustained while serving his country in Iraq. He was 21.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Kawkawlin, Mich., with Pastor Fred Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery and conducted by Pastor Zimmerman, immediately followed by a military honors service. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Blohm, Cyle Charbonneau, Evan Vennix, Chad Vennix, Kevin Blohm and Rick Ayers.
A memorial service is planned at Fort Richardson in Anchorage in the near future.
Mr. Blohm was born to Christopher and Denise (Vennix) Blohm on July 26, 1985, in Kawkawlin. He played defensive tackle for Bay City Western High School, where he graduated in 2004. He worked as a commercial salmon fisherman during the summers in Kenai from age 14 until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2005 while living in Alaska. He completed basic training and advanced individual training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in January 2006. He then completed airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., in February 2006.
He was a member of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and assigned to Fort Richardson. Mr. Blohm was deployed to Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006, and stationed near Baghdad.
“Alan became actively interested in the military while a junior in high school and wished to pursue a career with the state troopers once he completed his military service. He chose to follow in the footsteps of both his grandfathers, Alan Blohm (namesake) who served in the Army and was assigned to Fort Richardson 50 years prior to Alan’s assignment, and Chet Vennix who served in the Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War,” his parents said.
“Alan was once quoted in the paper as saying, ‘The First Amendment is what makes this country great,’ and lived and breathed his dream accordingly. Alan had a deep belief in helping others and a strong desire to serve his country. Family members will remember his devotion, his smile and his love for all of his family and friends especially his cousins.
“Alan’s favorite phrase, ‘luv it,’ was expressed often to family and friends. His sense of duty and loyalty to his country and family were what led him to be a part of the mission in which he was killed.”
Mr. Blohm was preceded in death by his grandmother, Patricia Vennix; and cousin, Lorissa Satkowiak.
He is survived by his parents, Christopher and Denise Blohm; brother, Jeremy Blohm; sister, Kiana Blohm; grandparents, Alan and Leona Blohm; grandfather, Chet Vennix; niece, Kaelin Blohm; aunts and uncles, Renee and Randy DeShano, Dennis and Lisa Vennix, Blaine and Debbie Vennix, Maria Vennix, Craig and Gayle Vennix, Terry and Tina Vennix, Chad Vennix, Janelle Vennix, Diana and James Zirul of Kenai, Kevin and Julie Blohm, Lori Blohm and Patti and Greg Satkowiak; and many cousins.
Funeral arrangements were made by Rivertown Funeral Chapel in Kawkawlin.
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