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“We are so sad to hear of Dr. Blohms passing. He was always welcoming and interesting to talk to. But most of all, we will remember him for his sense...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Ron and Jan Brubak

“I always enjoyed our visits. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Al Batt - Hartland, MN - Friend

“So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Lloyd and Becky Knutson - MN

“We are so sorry we will not be able to attend the service on Friday as we have plans to go to our daughter's in Whitewood SD untIl Sunday. We have...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Paul & Beverly Hansberger - MN

“When I think of my Uncle Henry, I think of family. Not only because he always remind me of my dad, but he always placed such importance on family,...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jeff Blohm - Baton Rouge, LA

“Carol: so very sorry to hear about your Dad. My sympathy to you and your family. Dena ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dena Koch - Buffalo, MN

“So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace! ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: john Steven - Alton, IA

“larry and i would just like to say that we are so sorry for your loss. we had a lunch at "doc's" home after a movie in keister. homemade treats and...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: ruth and larry peterson

“In my first 13 years of life, this dear man was one of my heroes!! Not only did he take care of our family livestock at our farm NW of Kiester, but...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: N. Elliott Noorlun - Kaneohe, HI


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Funeral services for Dr. Henry Jasper Blohm, 94, of Kiester, will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kiester on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 10:30 AM. Pastor Katie Pals will officiate, with military honors by the Kiester American Legion Post #454. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church. "Doc," as he was known to many, died November 16, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN.

Henry was born April 15, 1923, at Lake City, Minnesota, to Jasper Christian and Albertina Evelyn (Ohleen) Blohm. He attended country school in West Albany Township until 5th grade, when his family moved to Stedman, NY, in 1932. Growing up in this rural area of western New York with his older sister Winnie and younger brother Charlie, he learned to farm with horses and developed his love of gardening through helping his parents and grandparents. He graduated from Chautauqua Central High School in 1940. Following graduation, he came back to Minnesota to attend S.A.U.U., the agricultural college in St. Paul, and graduated in 1942.

Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served from June 1943 to April, 1946. He was trained as a medic and spent the winter of 1944-1945 in Wales and Germany; he was in central Germany in May when the war ended in Europe. His battalion was to be deployed to the Pacific, but the war ended before they left. Following his active duty he used the GI bill to attend college and earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1952.

On August 4, 1946, he married Doris Luella Hovland at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Bricelyn, MN. He briefly practiced in Glenwood and Winnebago before buying a veterinary practice in Kiester in 1953. Henry and Doris had six daughters, and were very involved in their school and church activities. He enjoyed traveling, and most summers the family made trips to New York to visit his mother and his brother's family.

He served in many capacities in the community: on the Kiester School Board, Immanuel Lutheran Church Council, which eventually became Our Savior's, and the Waldorf College Board of Regents. In 1976 he began work for the USDA in meat inspection, and he continued that until his retirement. Henry always had a large garden, and he also enjoyed woodworking in his basement shop. In more recent years he worked quite a bit on family genealogy. In his 80's he began writing memoirs, beginning with one of his war years, Incredibly Lucky in World War II, and continued with stories about his childhood in Minnesota and New York, gardening, and his travels.

Henry is survived by his daughters and their families: Susan Blohm, Arden Hills, Nancy and Allan Halvorsen, Emmons, Carol and Brad Soma, Kiester, Diane and Lee Reiersgord, Littleton, CO, Janet and Vaughan Pultz, Kirksville, MO, and Karen and Dan Black, Waverly, IA; his sister Winnie Cummins of Webster Groves, MO; grandchildren include: Anne Halvorsen, Mark Halvorsen (Amber), Christine Soma (Paul Odegaard), Michael Soma (Britt), Britt and Kristian Reiersgord, Ruslan and Ana Pultz, and Ruth and Rachel Black; great-grandchildren include: Vanessa Halvorsen, Isabelle Doucot, Emma, Lucas, and Samuel Halvorsen, Clara and Leo Odegaard, and Nora, Henry and Joanna Soma. He also has a surviving sister-in-law, Joan Blohm, and brother-in-law, Howard Hovland and his wife Eunice.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris in 2003, his parents Jasper and Albertina Blohm, and brother Charlie.

Memorials preferred to Interfaith Caregivers of Faribault County, Senior Resources of Freeborn County, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.