OBITUARIO

Richard Sterner Bloom

29 octubre , 192930 septiembre , 2022
 Obituario de Richard Sterner Bloom
Richard Sterner Bloom 92 of Apex, NC passed away peacefully with his wife and three children at his bedside on September 30, 2022. He was predeceased by his parents George and Mildred Bloom and his sister June Jenkins. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 72 years, his children, Richard, Kathy, and Karlene; two granddaughters and two great granddaughters. Richard was born on October 29, 1929 in Gettysburg, PA. He grew up in Binghamton, NY where he graduated high school from St. Patrick's Academy and received his Associate degree from Broome Tech Community College. After moving to Cary, NC, he earned his MBA from Wake Forest University. Richard was a Corporal in the US Army for 4 years and the reserves for 2 years. He received an official Proclamation as an Ambassador of Peace from the Republic of Korea for his service. Richard retired from IBM in 1991 after a 41-year career. He retired from Coastal Credit Union in 2017 after serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for an unmatched 44 years. In addition to serving on many church committees and counsels, Richard was the Chair of the Board of Faith Lutheran school. He was instrumental in rebuilding the facility and organization after destruction during Hurricane Fran. He also served as president of the AARP, was a member of the American Legion Post 67, and delivered meals on wheels to many less fortunate. Among the most prestigious awards bestowed to an individual by the governor of North Carolina is the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina and their communities. Richard was presented with this honor in September 2018. Richard loved life, loved to swim and exercise, and successfully participated in the local senior Olympic events of Shotput and 5K race walking. Perhaps he is best known for his love of music and singing. He was able to reach his ultimate dream by singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He served four years as Christ the King Lutheran Church's choir director. That love and talent was further demonstrated as a soloist during many church holidays, special occasions, funerals, and weddings; but that gift was the most precious and memorable for his three children when he sang the Lord's Prayer at each of their weddings. Richard's greatest love was for his family and if the measure of his life was through the love of his family alone, he would be the most successful. He instilled in his children the value of independence, success, determination, and hard work despite any obstacles. He was always there and was the role model that shaped their lives. He will be missed dearly but comfort and consolation comes knowing he is singing again. A service in his honor will be held Saturday October 8, 2022 at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 1:00PM. There will be a private family graveside service to follow with military honors at Memorial Gardens in Raleigh NC. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Christ the King Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Transitions Hospice.

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