Obituary: Clarence Bluhm


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Clarence Bluhm, 93, of Clearwater, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, to join his beloved wife of 60 years, “Micky.”

He was born on Aug. 17, 1917, in Reed City, to Aaron Bluhm and Anna (Benzine), the second eldest of seven children. After graduating from Reed City High School in 1935, he worked on the family farm and in the Grand Rapids area until enlisting in the U.S. Army on Oct. 21, 1941, where he served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during WWII. Upon re-enlistment in 1946, Sgt. Clarence Bluhm was assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital in Breman, Germany, where he met the love of his life, Elfriede Christine Tuescher (”Micky”) and they were married on Aug. 28, 1948. Returning to the United States, they were stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., where their beloved son, Robert, was born and “Micky” became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Subsequent tours of duty included Ludwigsburg, Germany; Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif.; Uijongu, South Korea; Heidelberg, Germany; and Fort Eustis, Va., where he was promoted to Command Sergeant Major. Upon his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1971, after 30 years of service, they relocated to Clearwater where he began his second career as a postal carrier with the Largo Post Office until his retirement in 1983 in order to pursue his passions for bowling, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Ervin and John, and a fourth brother, Robert, passed away on Jan. 20, 2011 in Grand Rapids.

He is survived by his devoted son, Robert of Clearwater; beloved sister, Martha (George) Wollner of Comstock Park; brother, Elmer of Spring Lake; sisters-in-law, Marjorie of Big Rapids, Donnabelle of Reed City and Grace of Jenison; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Reed City Methodist Church with the Rev. Emmett Kadwell officiating.