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Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Robert W. Blohm

April 12, 1925February 7, 2020

Robert William Blohm (“Bob”), a long-time resident of Clinton Township, Michigan, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020, with his friend Carol by his side, just two months shy of his 95th birthday. He was a doting husband, devoted father, decorated war veteran, and an engineer through-and through.

Bob was born in Detroit on April 12, 1925, to William and Louise Blohm. He was an east-sider, and spent his youth playing baseball, delivering newspapers, and keeping track of his two younger brothers, Ralph and John. After graduating from Southeastern High School, Bob was immediately drafted into the Army, thus becoming an official member of the greatest generation.

In early 1943, Bob was sent overseas to North Africa. As a member of the tank destroyers, he was attached to a British division charged with chasing Rommel out of North Africa. Bob was then “volunteered” into the Airborne Rangers, and was involved in some of World War Two’s most intense campaigns, fighting his way through Africa, Sicily and Europe. He landed on Omaha Beach, fought through St. Lo and the hedgerows, through France, the Rhineland and into Belgium. He was wounded twice. His war ended when he suffered significant wounds on December 23, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. Bob earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and numerous other accommodations. Like others of his generation, he didn’t like to talk about that time of his life. He always emphasized he was one of many who had served.

After the war, Bob proudly attended Michigan Agricultural College (now MSU), majoring in mechanical engineering. No surprise there. What was a surprise is how this bachelor veteran fell head-over-heels for Patricia, a pretty young brunette from Albion, Michigan. Bob and Pat were married on June 17, 1950, and were blessed with fifty-five years together. They showed all five of their children how a marriage should work, and how to love and take care of each other. They shared a strong Christian faith, joining a little start-up church in Roseville in the early 1960’s called Bethany Lutheran. Throughout the years, Bethany became the cornerstone of the family–a place for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, holidays, and sadly, funerals. That’s where Bob said goodbye to Patricia in February, 2005. Bob’s Bethany family continued to shower him with love throughout the years. They watched over him, and literally stood at the door waiting for him to arrive, helping the old guy into the church. To all the wonderful people at Bethany: Our family is eternally grateful to you. We love you all.

Right behind Bob’s love of family, was his love for all things engineering. Bob was a “clever engineer,” and a master problem solver, well respected throughout his industry. A second generation small businessman, Bob began RenCen Machine Company in the early 1980’s, and ended his long run this past October, retiring at the young age of 94.

Bob has led a blessed life, surrounded by family and friends who love and respect him. We will miss his sense of humor (sometimes off color), his intellect, his courage, his optimism, his charitable nature, and the devotion he showed his family and friends. As he often said to his children when headed out the door...”Onward Christian Soldiers!”

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved Patricia (2005), and brother Ralph Blohm. He is survived by his children, Rev. Robert Blohm Jr. (Linda), Susan McDonald, Julie Ohlsson (Gary), Jeffrey Blohm (Karen), Thomas Blohm (Janet), 12 grandchildren: Elizabeth (Eli), Sarah, Charlie, Madeline, Anna, Micalah, Allison, Amanda, Megan (Andrew), Anna (Scott), Michelle (Fred), Heather (Brandon) and one great-grandchild, Benjamin. He is also survived by his brother John (Betty) Blohm, and his sister-in-law, Jeanne Blohm.

On behalf of the family, we would like to apologize to every waitress who ever waited on Bob. In his defense, he was an excellent tipper.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • In State Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Craig Vercnocke

February 14, 2020

First of all my sincere condolences to everyone in the Blohm family. Hope everyone is doing well considering the circumstances.
Your Dad really was an amazing person with a great, and sometimes zany sense of humor. I never knew what he was going to do when I came over your house! He would try to play the guitar and sing to me, or feed the dog at the table using silverware!
As a kid he used to take me aside at church and give me candy, or talk about his "alien" finger that stuck out. He was always joking and I remember him with his pipe and that chuckle of his.
He also achieved so much in his life , whether it was the military, family, or his career. He was one of those people in my life that I admired, and was also inspired by.

You've had a life lived to the fullest.
Rest in Peace Mr. Blohm.
You'll be missed.

saja barnes

February 11, 2020

Such a dynamic man. Always ready with a smile, quip, & story!
He certainly led an amazing life, with his family at the forefront.

Gail Meldrum

February 11, 2020

We shall miss you, Bob! Our neighbor for 39 yrs. who never missed a chance to stop and say "Hi"! Always upbeat, and so kind! You are now with your beloved Pat, whom I know you missed so much!

Naomi Drouillard

February 11, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr Blohm. He was a great support to us during our daughters (Ashlee) illness and death in 2009. He was there to support my parents also which meant a lot. My parents met him and Mrs at church. I will always remember him having his pipe. He was a wonderful man always willing to help out. He will be missed by so many. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Alice Fowke, Naomi & Tim Drouillard

Karin Bowling

February 11, 2020

On behalf of the Burgess Family we met Bob (Pat) and family at Bethany many years ago. Bob was a wonderful caring man in so many ways. I have known him most of my life and was truly blessed for that, I personally experienced his humor at dinners and understand the waitress reference. His humor could be a little off at those times and others. He shared a great friendship with Jim and Lou while serving Bethany. My mom and I ran into him in Oct while eating lunch and he and mom had a good conversation. Bob will be truly missed by my family. The Burgess family sends love and prayers out to all that are mourning. May the lord shine down on you all.

God Bless and Love,
Burgess Family, Karin (Burgess) and Tom Bowling

Mary Ann Sippl

February 11, 2020

Bless you Mr. Blohm may you see all those that have left us. Not a time that I visit Bethany and you always would say I miss your Dad so much with tear in his eye. So may you visit with Pa..talk business..and a round of golf. Love and miss you sweet man. To the family so sorry I cannot be there. Hurts my heart alot of years with your wonderful family. My prayers and love to you all. Mary Ann

Heather Millar

February 10, 2020

Bob was such a funny, gracious and a wonderful Christian and all around gentleman. He always had a lifesaver to share and a cute joke! You will be sorely missed at Bethany! I am honored that I met you and to call you my friend!!! I live you Bob!!

Love, Heather

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY