1931 - 2016
Frederick “Dale” Blaum, 86, of Delavan, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, in the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington.
Dale was born Feb. 21, 1931, in New Holland. He was the second son and third of six children born to Fred B. and Emma Berns Blaum.
He married Carol Joy Mammen Nov. 22, 1951, in Delavan. Carol preceded Dale in death in 2004. Together they had three children who survive: Ronald (Cheryl) Blaum of Beaumont, Calif., Renee (Brad) Hutchison of Bloomington and Rodney of Morton; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; two sisters, Shirley Lohrenz and Rita Cole of Mason City; and two brothers, Raymond “Jack” Blaum of New Holland and Robert Blaum of Divernon.
One brother, Donald also preceded him in death.
Dale joined the National Guard at the age of 17, was a veteran of the Korean War, where he was based in Japan. In the Guard, he trained to be a mess hall cook, but once in Japan was reassigned to drive a tank and later became a tank platoon commander. He was an active member of the Delavan American Legion Post 382. Dale was honored to be a part of the “Greater Peoria Honor Flight” to Washington D.C. in May of 2015.
Dale spent 37 years working at Caterpillar Inc., prior to his retirement in 1992. The last 25 of those years, were spent working as a journeyman electrician. Following his retirement, he found satisfaction working as a handyman in Delavan and the surrounding area. He was often contacted to repair electrical devices, make electrical home repairs and other jobs for people in the community. He greatly enjoyed helping others, serving on ESDA, camping and gardening.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Mennonite Church of Dillon where he attended. The Rev. Robert D. Nafziger will officiate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan.
Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton or Delavan American Legion Post 382.
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