Dr James R. Bloom Sr.

State College, Pennsylvania


State College, Pennsylvania


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Dr. James R. Bloom Sr. Dr. James R. Bloom, Sr., 93, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at The Oaks in Pleasant Gap. Born in Clear-field, in 1924, Dr. Bloom was the President of his senior class at Clearfield High School. He joined the Army in 1942, and served in infantry combat in Europe, for which he received the Purple Heart. He earned a BS degree from Penn State in 1950, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. He taught as a professor of Plant Pathology at Penn State, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1987. A long-time resident of Lemont, Dr. Bloom was an active bowler and contributor to the Boy Scouts and other public service efforts. Dr. Bloom was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, June Farwell Bloom, in 2010. He is survived by a son, James; three daughters, Heidi Weimer, Gretchen Rebarchak (Paul), and Coralie Taylor (Glenn); four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 13, 2017, at Heintzelman Funeral Home, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial contributions be sent to the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

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Dear Gretchen, Paul, and family:
It was an honor to be in the same department with Jim. He always contributed positively to the work environment and his continued interest in the department after his retirement set the bar high for all of us who worked there. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

We are sorry to learn of Jim passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the Bloom family. We enjoyed your family friendship back in the 70's when we were neighbors. Mina and Jack Rutter, Greensburg, PA

To the Bloom family,
Well, it is the end of an era. Growing up next door will always be one of my best memories.
Your dad was always friendly and kind. I will remember him fondly and trust that one day you will be reunited.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

So sorry to hear about Jim. He and the family were great neighbors for the 30 or so years we were on Matilda Avenue.

Jeanette Janota
Gaithersburg, MD

Coralie,...I offer profound condolences. The Honor of meeting your Father, a Man of great intellect ...to be emulated.

Jim and your family were wonderful neighbors and a delight to know!
Barry & Cathy Phelps
(now of Bradenton FL)

Gretchen, Paul, & family,
We were blessed to know your dad when the two of you became our neighbors, and your parents would visit. He was such a nice man, and Bill enjoyed talking with him when Jim would be outside looking over your yard. It was easy to know you all had a wonderful, kind dad. I too remember that little smile he always had. We are sorry for your loss. RIP Dr. Bloom Sr.