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Waldo James Bloom

Sep 05, 2017

January 2, 1923 - September 2, 2017


Waldo James Bloom, a long-time southeast Iowa farmer known for his gentle nature and love of travel and good conversation, died Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sunrise Terrace Nursing Center in Winfield. He was 94.


Cremation has been accorded. The funeral service will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Mark Youngquist officiating. A private family interment will be at the Swedesburg Church cemetery. Memorials have been established for the Sunrise Terrace Care Center and Swedesburg Lutheran Church. Honts Funeral Home in Winfield is in charge of the arrangements.


Wally, as he was known to family and friends, was born January 2, 1923, in rural Winfield, Iowa, to Fred and Marie Bloom. He attended Winfield schools and Iowa State University.


He married Bonnie Carlson on June 30, 1945, at the Swedesburg Church, where they were life-long members and contributed greatly to its music liturgy. Mr. Bloom was a retired grain and livestock producer and pleased to be a century-farm owner. After his retirement and prior to Bonnie's death in 1998, the couple traveled extensively, including trips to Sweden, Japan, China, Mexico and Europe as well as many points across the United States. Even in his later years Wally favored short trips and over-the-coffee conversations to other potential pastimes.


Mr. Bloom was of Swedish heritage and he and Bonnie were among the founders of the Swedish American Museum in Swedesburg. Their service included a stint as editors of the organization's newsletter. He also served in various lay roles with the Swedesburg church.


Surviving family includes: daughter, Barb (Martin) Chebuhar of Des Moines; son, Eric of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandsons and their wives Joe and Amy Chebuhar of Runnells, Drew and Andrea Diggs Chebuhar of Chicago, Aaron and Kelli Bloom of Becker, Minn., and A.J. and Leslie Bloom of New Albany, Ohio; great-granddaughters, Emily and Ali Bloom and Ella Bloom; and great-grandsons, Carter, Caleb and Cooper Chebuhar and Brody Bloom. Also surviving is a sister, Wilma Ford of Franklin, Tenn., and four nephews, Jim, Dan, David, and Fred Ford all of Tennessee.


Mr. Bloom was preceded in death by his wife; a son, John; an infant daughter, Susan; and brother-in-law Robert Ford.


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