AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
David R. Blum, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at his home. He was 71 years old.
A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at a future date.
David Roy Blum, of Mora, passed away on April 14, 2020 surrounded by family and in the comfort of his home, after a 4 year battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 71 years old.
Dave was born on March 28, 1949 at Kanabec Hospital to David L. and Marlys (Johnson) Blum. They lived in the Kroschel area where he attended country school until the fourth grade, when his parents moved to a home north of Ann Lake. He then attended the Ogilvie Public School, graduating in 1967. Upon graduation, he briefly lived with an aunt and uncle in Blaine, while working at Larson Chevrolet in Minneapolis as a car runner and detail man.
In May 1968, he volunteered to serve and joined the U.S. Army. He attended Basic Training at Fort Campbell, KY, Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA where he received his commission as Second Lieutenant and served as a Tactical Officer. On September 13, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Louie (Betty Lou) Lesher, while on leave. They lived in base housing at Fort Benning until he was deployed to Vietnam in December of 1969.
While in Vietnam, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and served as a platoon leader of 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He was wounded twice, with the second incident resulting in his return to the U.S. where he spent several months at Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, KS. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for heroism in ground combat.
Following honorable discharge in February of 1971, he and Louie bought a small farm in Ann Lake Township, where they would eventually raise their two children, Chris and Kelsey. He worked for the Kanabec County Highway Department for 40 years, beginning on the survey crew and retiring as the Assistant Engineer in 2011. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ogilvie, the Mora American Legion Post, and the MN Deer Hunters Association. He also served on the Ann Lake Township Board for over 40 years.
Dave enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, raising Black Angus beef cattle, and watching his kids’ activities as they grew up. He also loved listening to music, cooking, gardening, making wonderful salsa, and spending time with family and friends. He was an adoring and enthusiastic “Grandpa Dave” to his grandchildren, a proud and loving father to his children, and a loving, devoted husband and caregiver to his wife of over 50 years.
Dave is preceded in death by his mother, Marlys.
He is survived by his loving wife Louie; children, Chris (Brooke) and Kelsey (Caleb Szydlo); grandchildren, Bergen and Peter; father David L. Blum; brother Donnie (DeeDee); many other relatives and friends; and his faithful dog, Gus. He was dearly loved and will be missed beyond words. His spirit will live in our hearts forever.