October 7, 2014
10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 11, 2014
Liberty Evangelical Free Church
Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014
with family present 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Liberty Evangelical Free Church
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MEMORIALS MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Many Hands for Haiti – LEFC Mission Trip
October 13, 1961 - October 7, 2014
Bill Blom was born in Mahaska County Hospital October 13, 1961, the third son of Donald and Elsie Blom of Pella, Iowa. Bill's childhood was filled with the usual activities of farm boys in the 1960's when farming was a consuming family endeavor. His parents and neighbors recall a little boy already possessing a cheerful heart and willingness to help with chores or whatever needed to be done.
Bill enjoyed school and extra-curricular activities like 4-H, FFA, football and wrestling, and graduated from Pella High School with the Class of 1981. For three years after HS graduation, Bill worked locally, first for Rural Water, then Pella Packing plant, and later for Red Rock Rubber.
At twenty-two years of age, on April 7, 1984, Bill's world and future irrevocably changed when he sustained a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the neck down. For the next eighteen months he was an in/outpatient of rehabilitation facilities, learning to cope with a disability few of us can even imagine. He moved to Minneapolis for his most helpful rehab at Courage Center where he learned to live with his disability. Bill learned to drive and lived independently in Minneapolis for the next twenty years.
Bill's faith in Jesus was the focus of his life; he was active in the Bloomington, MN Evergreen Church and could be found most Sundays rolling up to greet people with his trademark smile or keeping score for the church softball team.
From 1989-2007, Bill was employed as an advocate for disabled persons. He worked for United Way, for Human Services of Hennepin County, and as an advocate at the Minnesota State Legislature. Bill spent a lot of time with his nieces and nephews, pulling up in his big red van and delighting the children with rides on the back of his electric powered wheelchair.
Frequent trips to Pella over the years kept him in contact with his roots, and in 2007, he relocated to his hometown of Pella, Iowa. Once back in Pella, he began volunteer work as a Literacy Army at Lincoln school, as a Sunday school teacher, and as an AWANA leader at Liberty E-Free Church. Probably his most enjoyable activity was being a fan of his nieces and nephews, never missing a dance or choir performance or home football game in spite of wind, rain or Iowa's cold.
Bill was a straightforward man with a strong faith in Jesus. Family and friends were always encouraged by his his humble spirit, his steadfast faith, and his positive attitude. He touched many people and will be missed by all.
Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Don and Elsie Blom and three brothers and their families. They are Joel and Anita Blom of Herrliberg, Switzerland and their two children: Julius and Luisa; Burt and Mary Blom of Marshalltown, IA and their three children: Daniel, David and Stephen; and George and Kimberly Blom of Pella, IA and their four children: Matthew (Bessa), Caleb, Hannah and Gabriel.