Raymond Joseph Blum, 96, of Osceola, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, in Osceola.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Cantlon Otterness Funeral Chapel in Urbana. Pastor Neil Dye officiated. Music was provided by Becky Bolejack and Sandy Bolejack, with Margaret Owsley on piano. Pallbearers were Delbert Bolejack, Joe Hurley, David Bolejack, Danny Sullivan, Chris Blair and Frank Ralston. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Bolejack, Brian Dobbins, James Dobbins, Danny Henson and Mike Lutman.
Born Dec. 16, 1907, in Gilliam, he was the son of the late Otto and Annie Margriette Rehm Blum. On Feb. 16, 1929, in Marshall, he married Mattie England, who preceded him in death. He worked in a shoe factory for 12 years, worked in roofing, siding and general construction, and also farmed for a short time. He lived several years in the Kansas City area and for a short time in the Missouri Bootheel. He was a member of the Branch Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Hurley and Roberta Bolejack; one brother, Billie Blum; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Otto Blum, Alfred Blum, Ralph Blum and Johnny Blum; and two sisters, Margriette Winston and Lillie England.