Kenai resident Gary Loyd Bloom died Sunday Jan. 2, 2011, in Bolivar, Mo., after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 73.
Mr. Bloom was born at home on April 23, 1937, in Hunter, N.D., to Loyd James and Emma Myrtle (Moen) Bloom.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-58 and participated in air, sea and land exercises in the Philippines; and an amphibious exercise and assault, code named Operation Strong Back, made at Dingalan Bay, Okinawa.
He farmed in North Dakota and Missouri, worked in Kansas City for the American Furnace Co,, worked highway construction in Iowa and logging in Minnesota and Oregon. He and his father drove to Alaska in 1972 and he became a truck driver on the Alaska pipeline, living there 42 years.
He owned mining claims, fished and hunted. He moved from Kasilof and settled in Kenai to retire. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in North Dakota and Moose Lodge in Kenai. His family said that, when asked what he liked the most about life he replied, "I love to hunt, fish and I love women." He was gentle and caring but rough around the edges.
He was preceded in death by his wife Christine in 1995, a brother Ray Bloom in 1954, and sisters Ina Brady 2007 and Betty Baldwin in 2008; and three brothers-in-law; the late Hon. Judge Larry Sparks, Don Brady, and Dennis Baldwin, all of Missouri.
Survivors include his sisters, Audrey Bloom Sparks and Marie and husband Robert Caldwell, all of Stockton Lake, Mo.; a son, Steven L. Bloom, of Turner Falls, Mass.; his children, Steven M. Novack, Alicia A. Novack, Mykal Bloom and Alex Bloom, all of Massachusetts; a son, Gary L. Bloom Novack; a daughter, Melissa B. Novack; step-daughter Evelyn and husband Dusty Van Meter; grandchildren, Kaiti, Shae and Brayden Van Meter; nieces, Kim and Brenda Clevenger, of Stockton and Vicki Pollard, of St. Joseph; and nephews Bud Stockton, of Orrick, Mo,, Andy Stockton, of Surprise, Ariz,; Don, Ray and Kenny Brady, all of Kansas City, Mo,; Denny Baldwin, of Bullhead, Ariz.; and Doug Baldwin, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.
His ashes are to be buried at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Springfield, Mo., with honor guard salute and flag presentation. A pending memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Stockton, Mo,, where he attended during his illness. A memorial will be held at a later time in Kenai with his Alaskan friends.
Friends and family may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com.
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