Bill G. Bloom 1923 - 2020 Billy Gene Bloom, son of Alva and Mary (Aid) Bloom, was born on July 29, 1923 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He entered into eternal rest on December 3, 2020 at the Humboldt Care Center North in Humboldt, Iowa at the age of 97 years, 4 months, 4 days. His early life was spent growing up in Shenandoah where he attended the Shenandoah Community Schools. Bill graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1941. After graduation, he left Shenandoah for California where he worked at the Lockheed airplane plant until 1943. He came back to Shenandoah and married his high school sweetheart Naomi Foster on January 8, 1943. To this union three children were born, Linda Gail in 1944, Michael William in 1946 and Dinah Le in 1948. On January 18th, 1943, Bill was drafted into World War II. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945 from the United States Army Air Corps. In 1959 the family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, where Bill worked for Safeway. He then changed jobs and worked for Hy-Vee Food Stores. In 1964 Bill got his first managerial position as store manager and opened the Hy-Vee store in Fort Dodge. He worked there until he retired in 1981. In his retirement, Bill enjoyed wintering in south Texas fishing, and summers gardening and taking care of his yard. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Shirley; daughter, Linda Gail; and wife of 63 years, Naomi. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Michael Bloom and his wife Marcia of Mercedes, TX and daughter, Dinah Bloom of Fort Dodge, IA; four grandchildren, Kristi Carlson, Shane Crinnigan, Mathew Bloom and Amy Lund; eight great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; other relatives; and friends. Due to current Covid 19 circumstances, a celebration of life service for Bill will be held at a later date. Burial took place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials in Bill's name are being directed to the family. Professional services were under the direction of Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: swimemorial.com
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Published by Shenandoah Valley News Today on Dec. 12, 2020.