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1920 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Vernon H. "Vern" Blum a lifelong resident of Naperville Vernon H. "Vern" Blum, age 92, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Tabor Hills Healthcare Facility in Naperville. He was born at home on June 12, 1920, in DuPage Township, Will County (now Bolingbrook, IL). Beloved husband of Mary (nee Siebert) Blum, whom he married July 12, 1947, at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, IL, loving father of William "Bill" (Cheryl) Blum of Naperville and the late James M. Blum and the late Patricia (Craig) Brown, adored grandfather of William E. "Bill" (Jennifer) Blum, Dana (Michael) Lane, Sara Brown and Emily (Ben) Getz, cherished great-grandfather of Taylor, Erin and Shannon Blum and Lily Lane, devoted son of the late Reuben and Florence (nee Rott) Blum, dear brother of the late Helen (the late Leonard) Seul, fond uncle and great-uncle of many. Vern's parents moved to a farm on College Road in Naperville on March 1, 1922. He was a graduate of SS. Peter & Paul Grade School, Class of 1934, Naperville High School, Class of 1938 and later attended night school at Aurora College, Aurora, IL (now Aurora University). Vern served his country during World War II as a member of the 900th Signal Company, Depot Aviation, with the 8th and 9th Army Air Force in England, France, Belgium and Germany. The 900th Signal Company installed airborne radio in for the 9th Armored Division for direct radio communication with P-47 Thunderbolt fighter planes flying in support of armored division movements. He was a member of the 4-H Livestock Judging Team that represented the state of Illinois at the 1937 International Livestock Show at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. Vern was employed by Western Electric Co. - Hawthorne Works (now Alcatel-Lucent), Cicero, IL, for 42 years, retiring July 1, 1983 as an equipment engineer. He was a life member of American Legion Post 43 and Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, both in Naperville. He was Commander of the American Legion Post in 1960 and the county commander of the DuPage County Council in 1987. Vern was named Citizen of the Year by American Legion Post 43 in 1997. In 1991, he received the St. George Emblem from the Boy Scouts of America, which is given to individuals who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting. Vern was a lifelong member of, and usher for 45 years at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Naperville. After his retirement, Vern worked with the Telephone Pioneers of America, repairing The Talking Book Machines for the Blind & Handicapped, and he also spoke to Naperville schoolchildren about his experiences as a radio repairman during World War II. Visitation is 3:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Services will begin 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 14, from the funeral home and will proceed to an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Interment: SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: SS. Peter & Paul School, 201 E. Franklin Ave., Naperville, IL 60540, 630-355-1081, www.sspeterandpaulschool.com or Honor Flight Chicago, 938 West Montana Street, Chicago, IL 60614, 773-227-VETS (8387), www.honorflightchicago.org. For information, 630-355-0213, www.friedrich-jones.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on June 11, 2013
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