Rodney Bloom

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Rodney Bloom Naples, FL

Rodney 'Rod' Bloom, born in Davenport, IA on August 25, 1933 to Fred and Zelma (nee: Gilbert) Bloom passed away on November 5, 2013.

He attended Davenport public schools. After high school graduation, he served in the Army at Fort Campbell, KY. He was married to Mary Lou (nee: Jones) on October 3, 1952 in Davenport, IA. He attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA and then graduated from the University of Iowa. He was a member of Beta Alpha Psi. Later he attended executive programs at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and Harvard University. He started his career as a certified public accountant with Ernst and Ernst in 1959. He later joined Nalco Chemical Company, a Fortune 500 company, where he served as chief financial officer. His business took him to England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico as well as several South American countries. He also served on the boards of the Greater Chicago United Way, Little Friends of Naperville and Millikin University. He retired in 1992 and spent many happy years as a Naples, FL resident.

Along with his wife of 61 years; he is survived by his son, Robert and his wife, Jill (Little Rock, AR), Dean and his wife, Kristi (Arlington Heights, IL), Lynne ('Hodgson')and her husband, Martin (London, England), Jeff (Denver, Colorado) and Cathy ('Bloedorn') and her husband, Jay (Western Springs, Illinois). He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Charlotte, Alex, Bethany, Sarah, Abby, Dominic, Matthew, Emily, Jack and Grant. He is survived by his sister, Joan Miller, along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 8, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Memorial Home, 565 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL (

The funeral service will be held at Leonard Memorial Home at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the , 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28207 (

For more service information call 630-469-0032


Funeral Home
Leonard Memorial Funeral Home - Glen Ellyn
565 Duane St Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-0032
Funeral Home Details
Published in Naples Daily News on Nov. 8, 2013
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