Ron V. “Bum” Blume

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Ron V. “Bum” Blume, 72, of Epworth, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque.

Visitation was Sunday, May 22, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth. 

Funeral services were Monday, May 23, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth, conducted by Rev. Michael Schueller. Concelebrating was Rev. Aloysius Vorwald. Lector was Dave McDermott. Placing of the pall was done by Marian Blume, Tracy Blume and Chris Blume. Giftbearers were Val Lehmann and Nicole Salyer. Casketbearers were Rick Nauman, Steve Driscoll, Gary Petsche, Julous Barnhart, Dave Blume, Mike Blume, Brad Brady and Kevin Willis.

Burial will be held at a later date.

Ron was born May 23, 1949, in Guttenberg, son of Ronald V. and Dorothy (Karas) Blume. He received his education in the Edgewood-Colesburg area schools, and later attended NICC in Peosta where he received a degree in Carpentry. On March 23, 1972, he was united in marriage to Marian McDermott.

Ron was employed at John Deere until his retirement in 1999. Ron was a very giving person and had enlisted in with the Organ Donor program. Ron continued to work hard every day all day long in some way; he worked hand in hand with the bread give-away program. He was steward of the “Little Library” program in Epworth, as he was very community based. At Christmas time they collected Christmas hats for Camp Courageous residents; they had so many they passed extras on to area nursing homes. 

He was a true outdoors man; he loved hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and yard work. His yard and flower gardens were his pride and joy; he shared his flowers with many people. He could always be seen driving the streets of Epworth on his Raiders golf cart. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and his grand puppy, Bandit.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth, for which the couple served as leaders of the Altar and Rosary society for 6 years; he was also a member of the UAW local #94. 

He is survived by his wife, Marian Blume of Epworth; a daughter, Tracy Blume of Epworth; a son, Chris (Christin) Blume of Sycamore, Ill.; four grandchildren, Karas and Ty Weidenbacher, Bode and Haddie Blume; three brothers, Bill (Phillis) Blume of Mineral Point, Wis., John (Joyce) Blume of Colesburg, and Randy Blume of Hazelton.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Lizbeth Blume.

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