GERMANTOWN HILLS - Lawrence "Larry" A. Bloom, 76, of Germantown Hills passed away and left this life and entered his new life in heaven on Friday, July 18, 2014.
He was at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, with family and friends by his side.
Larry was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Peoria. He spent most of his childhood in Creve Coeur. He was the second child of Frieda (Yurk) Bloom and Albert Bloom.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joanne (O'Russa) Bloom, five months ago; and his son, David Bloom, 10 years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Theresa Bloom of Morton and his daughter Kelly Bloom (Brian Glover) of Massachusetts. He has five grandchildren, Lexi of Bloomington, Skylar and Brody of Morton and Luke and Olivia of Massachusetts. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Huxtable-Kordick (Gene Kordick) of Peoria and Naples; his brother, Robert Bloom of Peoria; and numerous nieces and nephews and sisters and brothers-in-law.
Larry was a 1956 graduate of East Peoria Community High School. While there, he played intramural basketball and was one of the top scorers for the team.
After high school, Larry worked for a short while for Caterpillar and Cilco. At Cilco, he continued to play basketball for the light company's team. Here, he also met his wife of 54 years, Joanne.
In the early 1960s, Larry was a private in the United States Army. He was on active duty for a short time, then in the Army Reserve for five years. He was stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va., and Granite City, Ill.
Larry made Cursillo #6 through the Catholic Church in 1965. His faith became an important part of his life and family.
Most of Larry's work life was spent selling insurance. He traveled the Midwest and sold insurance for Mutual Protective Insurance Company and the Knights of Columbus. Larry joined the Knights of Columbus in the early 1960s. In 1968, Larry became an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance. He worked in this position for 31 years before retiring in 1999. Larry began his State Farm career with Peoria office locations, then moved his office to Germantown Hills in 1982. During Larry's time at State Farm, he won multiple top selling awards as a Millionaire Club member, a Legion of Honor agent, a Bronze Tablet Award recipient and a qualifier for National Conventions.
For many years, Larry and his wife, Joanne, owned a vacation home at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. There he loved to spend time golfing and fishing. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and driving his pontoon boat around White Oak Lake in Germantown Hills. An expression that has often been said of Larry is that "he never knew a stranger." He was personable, friendly and often joking, whether driving his golf cart around Tan-Tar-A or greeting customers in his office. He was a generous, loving and full-of-life soul who will be greatly missed.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria, with Monsignor William Watson officiating. Visitation will be held at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills Chapel on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial of ashes will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Metamora, with a luncheon to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Online condolences may be left at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.