Gary Blum, 69, of Normal, passed away at 6:49 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 31, 2017) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
His memorial service will be 5 p.m. Friday at St. Luke Union Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Andy Gifford officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to ARC (Activity and Recreation Center), Normal.
Gary was born Sept. 5, 1948, in Bloomington, a son to F. Wayne and Anne B. Crittenden Blum. He married Wanda Beshearse, the mother of his children. He later married Barbara Hodge.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Blum, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Todd (Keri) Blum, LaVergne, Tenn.; brother, Larry (Becky) Blum, Hudson; sister, Sharon Bower, Clinton, Iowa; grandchildren, Dustin, Bryce and Tyler Gillham, and Tori and Hayden Blum, all of North Carolina; and niece, Emily Bower, Clinton, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Judith Anne Blum; and brother in-law, Paul Bower.
Gary was a local chef for many years, later retiring as a school bus driver for Unit 5.
He was a member of ARC, where he went daily to spend time with his friends, never meeting a stranger. Gary was an avid coffee fan, enjoyed his friends on Facebook and loved his family very much. "... Peace out."
Condolences and memories of Gary may be shared at kiblerbradyruestman.com.