Merle K. Blaum
NEW HOLLAND - Merle K. Blaum, 90, of New Holland died at 3:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.
Merle was born September 5, 1922, in New Holland, IL, the son of Harry and Anna R. Hinck Blaum. He married Dorothy Petitt on September 22, 1952, in Greenfield, IL. She survives in New Holland, IL.
Also surviving Merle is one son, Kent R. Blaum of DeKalb, IL; one daughter, Karol Blaum of Lincoln, IL.; four grandchildren: Abigail Blaum, Dylan Blaum, Kendal Gibbs and Keegan Gibbs; one great-grandson, Mason Blaum. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and four brothers. He was the last of his immediate family.
Merle was a retired New Holland Grain Co. truck driver and a carpenter. Merle was a member of New Holland United Methodist Church; a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II; and a member of American Legion Post #715 of New Holland.
Merle was cremated and a graveside service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland, IL. Burial will follow with full military rites accorded by New Holland American Legion.
Memorials may be made to New Holland United Methodist Church or New Holland Fire and Rescue.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, IL.