Blohm, Frederick William "Fred"
Frederick W. Blohm, 70, Menasha, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Theda Clark Medical Center after valiantly fighting many medical complications. He was surrounded by numerous family members while holding onto the hand of his beloved wife Sandie, who he always lovingly referred to as "Babe". Fred was born December 14, 1943, Neenah, to the late Elmer and Dorothy (Kyle) Blohm. In 1962 he graduated from Menasha High School. On December 15, 1974, Fred married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Harp. Fred was an electrician for 40 years and was a part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 577. Fred accepted Christ as his Savior through an adult baptism while on a trip to Thomaston, GA, in 2012. He was a member of Cornerstone Church Fox Valley. We have peace knowing that Fred walks strong and tall again in the land of Eternal Glory.
It could be easily said that Fred never met a stranger. He was a great conversationalist and he seemed to know a little something about almost everything. All who knew him sincerely loved and respected him. Fred had a quick wit and dry sense of humor, but it was always well received. He was blessed with a tall and big frame so at first glance one might think he was an intimidating presence to be around; when in reality he was the world's biggest teddy bear, and the most unconditionally loving man ever created. He enjoyed deer hunting, viewing endless reruns of black and white movies, watching NASCAR races, going to the W.I.R track, and playing nonstop hours of card games. Fred enjoyed traveling the country while driving family and friends in their van. He was a modest and humble man. Fred's greatest pride and joy truly was his family. Perhaps the stories that have been told hold some truth to them; that he was at times the favorite son or favorite brother, and joke as they may, he loved his immediate family immensely. He very much enjoyed the company of each of his siblings. The love only expanded through the births and adoptions of all his sibling's children. The stories are endless as to the fun and laughs that were had with Fred in the family circle from both young and old. When Fred married his petite yet feisty bride, they soon became a family of 4; her children became his as well and in time they were blessed with two additional sons. Fred loved his wife deeply, and there wasn't a conversation that was had where he didn't mention her name or say something prideful about her; he could brag up a storm about how tasty her meals were. Fred was so proud of all his children and grandchildren that he rarely missed any of their sporting events or school/church programs. Family was his priority. Fred always had room and love in his heart to take in those who needed a strong and steadfast father figure in their lives. He was a calm and trusting man who made a profound impact on all the nieces and nephews he gained through marriage. Fred was the dad that everyone wished they had been born with. He stepped in and became a father and a grandfather by heart where he was truly needed. The numbers are too great to count how many people who have been blessed by the union of Fred and Sandie. He will be missed by all.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandie; children: Deb (Chuck) Wolf, Dean (Judy) Jahnke, Doug (Jennie) Blohm, Daniel (Suzanne) Blohm, and adopted in heart Stacie (Keith) Patchett; grandchildren: Shannon, Shelby, Scott, Shaina, Garrett, Audrie, Corbin, Calvin, Cassandra, Annalise, Ava, and Alaina; siblings: Allan (Kathy) Blohm, Pam (Sheldon) Klockzien, Paul (Beth) Blohm, and Ted (Sue) Blohm; as well as many loving relatives, friends, and neighbors.
He was further preceded in death by sisters: Patricia and Peggy Blohm; sister-in-law: Shirley Seehawer; nephew: Scott Seehawer; great niece: Veronica Kosloske; and goddaughter: Julie Johnson.
The Christian Funeral Service and Celebration of Fred's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial Street, Neenah, with Rev. Kathi Rose officiating. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. A time of visitation will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church Fox Valley for mission work and "Veronica's Place" playground project.
The family extends a sincere thank you to the many doctors, nurses, and other caregivers that tended to Fred over the years at Theda Clark Medical Center, Peabody Manor, and Manor Care.
Freddie, my dearest love, life will not be the same without you; but until we meet again may our Lord hold you in the palm of his hand. I love you, Babe!