Alan Blohm

  • "God bless you Alan and thank you for the ultimate..."
    - Lisa Carelli
  • "I miss you, Brother. You had a way of bringing a smile to..."
    - Dan Zachareas
  • "We won't forget his sacrifice and service. May God bless..."
    - JB
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    - Janelle Vennix
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Kenai resident Pfc. Alan Robert Blohm, 21, U.S. Army, died Dec. 31, 2006, as a result of wounds sustained while serving his country in Iraq.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Kawkawlin, Mich. Interment with military honors will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Kawkawlin. Friends may call at Rivertown Funeral Chapel from 1-9 p.m. today. On Wednesday, Alan will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. A memorial service will be conducted at Fort Richardson in the near future. Pallbearers are Jeremy Blohm, Cyle Charbonneau, Evan Vennix, Chad Vennix, Kevin Blohm and Rick Ayers.
Alan was born to Christopher and Denise (Vennix) Blohm on July 26, 1985, in Kawkawlin, Mich. He played defensive tackle for Bay City Western High School where he graduated in 2004. Alan worked as a commercial salmon fisherman during the summers in Kenai, from the age of 14 until he enlisted. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Chruch. He was also a member of the American Legion George H. Plumley Memorial Post 20 in Kenai. Alan joined the U.S. Army in September 2005 while living in Alaska. He completed basic training and advanced individual training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in January 2006. He then completed airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., in February 2006. He was a member of the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and was assigned to Fort Richardson.
Alan was deployed to Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006, and was stationed near the Baghdad area. His parents stated that Alan became actively interested in the military while a junior in high school, and wished to pursue a career with the state troopers once he completed his military service. He chose to follow in the footsteps of both his grandfathers, Alan Blohm (after whom he was named) who served in the Army and was assigned to Fort Richardson 50 years prior to Alan's assignment, and Chet Vennix who served in the Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.
His family wrote: "Alan was once quoted in the paper as saying, 'The First Amendment is what makes this country great,' and lived and breathed his dream accordingly. Alan had a deep belief in helping others and a strong desire to serve his country. Family members will remember his devotion, his smile and his love for all of his family and friends, especially his cousins. Alan's favorite phrase 'luv it' was expressed often to family and friends. His sense of duty and loyalty to his country and family were what led him to be a part of the mission in which he was killed."
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Patricia Vennix, and his cousin Lorissa Satkowiak.
He is survived by his parents, Christopher and Denise Blohm; his brother, Jeremy Blohm; sister, Kiana Blohm; his grandparents, Alan and Leona Blohm; grandfather, Chet Vennix; niece, Kaelin Blohm; aunts and uncles, Renee and Randy DeShano, Dennis and Lisa Vennix, Blaine and Debbie Vennix, Maria Vennix, Craig and Gayle Vennix, Terry and Tina Vennix, Chad Vennix and Janelle Vennix, Diana and James Zirul of Kenai, Kevin and Julie Blohm, Lori Blohm and Patti and Greg Satkowiak; and many cousins.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 9, 2007
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