Herbert Bloom, 66

Herbert “Herb” John Bloom, age 66, of Lester Prairie, formerly of Fridley, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019, at his cabin near Litchfield.

Herbert was born July 16, 1952, in Fridley, to Herbert John and Audrey (Hochstedler) Bloom Sr.

He became a child of God when he was baptized as an infant.

He lived with his parents, sisters Marcia, Sheila, and Cindy, and brother Tom, in Fridley.

When he was 17 years old, he joined the Army and was deployed to Vietnam. While in the service, he worked as an aircraft turbine mechanic.

Herb was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter Badge M-16, Vietnam Service Medal with two Campaign Stars, Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and 2nd Class Badge for Hand Grenade.

When he got out of the service, Herb joined his father at Goodin Company and worked there for many years.

In fall 1984, Herb met Martha Horsch and they were united in marriage Aug. 10, 1985, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale.

Herb and Martha built a home in Wisconsin and bought a restaurant called Oak Lake Inn. During that time, Herb discovered a passion for cooking.

They moved back to Minnesota in 2003, and Herb enrolled in cooking classes at Hennepin Technical College to become a chef. He cooked at various restaurants, until he had to retire in 2008 due to service-related health issues.

Herb and Martha lived in Lester Prairie for the past 14 years.

Their neighbor, Doug Ulrick, became an invaluable friend to Herb. It was common to see them sitting on their riding lawnmowers just chatting.

Herb enjoyed weekends and vacations at their cabin near Litchfield. He used his excellent carpentry and plumbing skills at all of their homes.

Herb also enjoyed watching sports on TV, and his classic cars which included a 1967 GTO, 1970 Chevelle, and 1961 Thunderbird.

His dog, Shelby, was his constant companion and he loved to spoil and play catch with her.

Blessed be his memory.

Herb is survived by his wife, Martha Bloom of Lester Prairie; siblings, Marcia Halverson and her husband, John; Sheila Langton and her husband, Barry; Cindy Peterson and her husband, Brad; Tom Bloom and his wife, Laurie; nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Audrey Bloom Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Can Do Canines or Wounded Warriors charities.

A funeral service took place Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, with Pastor Dave Hormann officiating.

The organist was Sheryl Menden, and special music included “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns included “Softly & Tenderly,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Just As I Am.”

Military honors were provided by Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.

Casket bearers were Tom Bloom, John Halverson, Barry Langton, Brad Peterson, Nathan Horsch, and James Horsch.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.

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