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OBITUARY

Clarence Blume

November 10, 1937March 4, 2020
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Clarence Raleigh Blume, 82, of Shiner, Texas passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at his residence. Funeral Mass is under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment will follow at Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Buffington Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Clarence was born on November 10, 1937 in Shiner, Texas. He was the son of Louis E. and Ida (Huebner) Blume. Clarence graduated from Shiner High School in 1956, and then in September 1956, he joined the US Air Force where he worked with electronics and radar. He came home on leave from Germany after 2 years and married Vernita Jean Technik of Shiner on Oct.17, 1959, at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas. They returned to Germany until 1961 when his his enlistment was up. He then went to work for various contractors with NASA for 35 years. Clarence was one of the engineers planning the trajectory and coordinates to get Apollo 13 home safely when they developed problems while in space. Clarence retired from NASA on December 30, 1999 and the family returned to Shiner. Clarence and Vernita had 2 sons and 2 daughters: Rachel Romine and her husband, Ed of Rio Medina, Texas, Bradley Blume and his wife, Denise of Houston, Texas, Theresa Schnitzler and her husband, Guy of Double Oak, Texas, and Larry Blume and his wife DuFresne of Houston, Texas. Clarence is survived by his four children, and five grandchildren; Lauron Albosta, Michelle Brock, Sarah Albosta, Benjamin Blume, and Kara Blume. He was preceded in death by his parents; Louis and Ida Blume, and one sister; Bernice Chumchal. Pallbearers for Mr. Blume will be; Guy Schnitzler, Ed Romine, John Brock, Ryan Parker, Chad Nelson and David Nitsch, Jr. To join the family in celebrating Clarence’s life and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com

  • FAMILY

  • Louis E. Blume, Father (deceased)
  • Ida Huebner Blume, Mother (deceased)
  • Vernita Jean Technik Blume, Wife (deceased)
  • Bradley Blume, Son
  • Denise Blume, Daughter-in-law
  • Larry Blume, Son
  • DuFresne Blume, Daughter-in-law
  • Rachel Romine, Daughter
  • Ed Romine, Son-in-law
  • Theresa Schnitzler, Daughter
  • Guy Schnitzler, Son-in-law
  • Bernice Chumchal, Sister (deceased)
  • Lauren Albosta, Granddaughter
  • Michelle Brock, Granddaughter
  • Sarah Albosta, Granddaughter
  • Benjamin Blume, Grandson
  • Kara Blume, Granddaughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Guy Schnitzler
  • Ed Romine
  • John Brock
  • Ryan Parker
  • Chad Nelson
  • David Nitsch Jr.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Rosary Sunday, March 8, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, March 9, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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John Zipay

March 24, 2020

Clarence was a generous, intelligent, dedicated and talented engineer. I worked with him for a decade at the start of my engineering career. He was always patient with a young, impatient man who wanted to do a good job. Clarence helped me perform many structural tests at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. May his soul rest in peace.

Tim Pelischek

March 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Clarence's family. I worked with Clarence for about 16 years at NASA, starting when I was a co-op student in 1979. He was one of the people I really looked up to and enjoyed many discussions with over the years. Our discussions ranged from planting pecan trees to investing in the stock market. To this day I still use investment methods and ideas I learned from Clarence, and I've passed them on to others. From my viewpoint he lived the model life of a family man, friend and engineer. He will surely be missed!

Marshal Wilke

March 10, 2020

Clarence and I met at the Bell Settlement Graveyard which was one of his many interests and passions. I will always remember him on his hands and knees restoring the Angel monument on his ancestors grave and leveling the Confederate marker on another grave. All of us in the Graveyard Association were grateful for his getting the new "mailbox" put up a couple of years ago. We will miss Clarence at the meetings.

Chad and Rachel Blaschke

March 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Blume family during this difficult time. Clarence was a one-of-a-kind guy. He was a sweet man and we enjoyed our visits. May the perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace.

Susan Shamburger (Krejci)

March 9, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I have fond memories in my younger years when our families would get together when you lived in League City. I remember a church picnic Rachel and I went to in Shiner, they were so much fun with dancing and visiting with relatives. My parents would keep in touch with your parents even after they retired in Shiner. Clarence was so sweet to call my mom after my dad’s passing 11/10/17. Now with my mom’s passing in 2018, I know they are all in heaven at peace watching over us 😇🙏🏻 Hugs and prayers 😘

Kenneth Meyer

March 9, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Blume family. Although we traveled in different circles it was always a new beginning when we chanced to visit again. Remembering the times we enjoyed the Huebner family reunions in Shiner and setting the pins in the tiny bowling alley in the park. Those times we remembered in our visits in the past few years. May God bless the Blume family in your sorrow.

Scott & Debbie Loeffler

March 9, 2020

Brad, Larry, Rachel and Theresa,
We are praying for peace and strength as you work thru this tough time. We hope you are able to celebrate the great life your father had as well and the great times you shared with him. Rest in Peace

Jan Herbin

March 8, 2020

It was such an honor to meet Clarence and Vernita as my daughter Dufresne‘s in-laws . They were so loving, generous, and kind, exactly the in-laws anyone would want for their daughter . They raised a wonderful son Who is perfect for Dufresne and to be the father of my grandchildren. I will miss him and know his soul is already in heaven. Much love to the Blume Family

Mary Kay Matula

March 8, 2020

I will always remember Mr. Blume calling me the Avon lady when I would deliver Rachel's orders to him. He was the most friendly person anyone could meet. I admired his family taking turns to always be with him on weekends too. Clarence now you will be with your lovely wife Vernita. Tell my momma I said hi.
May eternal rest grant to you O lord and let the pachal, light shine up on you.
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

Donna Chamblee

March 7, 2020

I've been close friends with Rachel for almost 40 years. In college, Mr. Blume was my adopted dad and he knew that he continued to be my adopted dad to this day. He was a wonderful father man and example to all. I am honored to have known him and played a small part in his life. Rest in Peace Mr. Blume. Give Mrs. Blume a hug for me. See you again someday.

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Biography

      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Clarence Blume who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Clarence was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Clarence knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Clarence was born on November 10, 1937 at Shiner, Texas in Shiner, Texas. His parents were Louis and Ida Blume. Clarence was raised in Shiner, Texas. Even as a youngster, Clarence learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Clarence was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Clarence was raised with one sibling. He had one sister, Bernice. Clarence had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Clarence, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Clarence's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Clarence enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Clarence took part in volleyball, donkey basketball, and horseback riding. He was a member of the F. F. A. In his spare time he liked horseback riding, playing with his dogs, and building model airplanes and boats. Clarence's memorable achievements included F. F. A. Awards and Class Officer.

      In school, Clarence was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Clarence was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Clarence’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Shiner High School in 1956. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Math. He was the only boy in the shorthand class.

      Clarence’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Clarence’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Clarence saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He attended a university in Germany while in the US Air Force, the University of Maryland and the University of Houston. His favorite courses were a math class he took in Germany. His favorite professor was in Germany. He was interested in Aerospace and Finance.

      Clarence was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Clarence was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Clarence came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friend was Victor Cakka. Later in life, he became friends with Victor Cakka, James Micke, and Mike Effenburger.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Clarence reveled in the security of his family. On October 17, 1959 Clarence exchanged wedding vows with Vernita Jean Technik at the saint Cyril & Methodius Cathoic Church of Shiner, Texas. One of Clarence’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Clarence was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Clarence would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Clarence was blessed with four children, two sons, Bradley and Larry, two daughters, Rachel and vteresa. They were also blessed with five grandchildren,, Lauren, Michelle, Sarah, Ben, and Kara.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Clarence was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Clarence was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Clarence upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Engineer and Electronics. He was employed for more than 35 years at NASA. Clarence was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Clarence was a veteran of the US Air Force. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He was stationed in Germany.

      Clarence approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were bee keeping, Polka Dancing, and researching his Lineage. Clarence was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Clarence to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Clarence played baseball. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was football.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Clarence liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. In high school, Clarence was a member of the F. F. A.

      A civic-minded person, Clarence was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Politically, Clarence was Republican. During these years, Clarence applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Clarence. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. During that time, he was a member of variouss church groups.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Clarence could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Clarence; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Silver Snoopy Award from NASA.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Clarence used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Clarence had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included taking cruises, and trips to Hawaii and Europe.

      Clarence was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Clarence’s favorites was his favorite was Blackie, a dog and doves. They were best friends for He had Blackie for 8 years, and doves for 35 years. His family was rounded out by his many dogs throughout the years and the doves.

      When Clarence’s retirement finally arrived in 1999, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Shiner, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in bee keeping, fixing things, visiting with friends, and tracing his heritage. In many ways, Clarence loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Clarence passed away on March 4, 2020 at at home in Shiner, Texas. He had a heart attack after being stung by bees. He is survived by his children, Rachel, Bradley, Theresa, and Larry. Services were held at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Clarence was laid to rest in Shiner City Cemetery.

      All who knew him would agree that Clarence was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Clarence Blume did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.