Roy Bloom was born Sept. 25, 1928, to Percy and Dorothy Neu Bloom in Gerring, Neb. Percy moved his family to Sandpoint, Idaho, where Roy attended the Sandpoint schools. Roy enlisted with the Navy April of 1946 and served as a tail gunner until being honorably discharged February 1948 in Norfolk, Va.; at which time he hitchhiked home to Sandpoint.
Roy met and married Rosemarie Bradetich, Jan. 22, 1949, in Sandpoint. Roy worked at the Creamery and at various jobs before moving his small family to The Dalles, Ore. looking for employment. Roy worked on The Dalles Dam and in Bend, Ore. for a time before moving his family back to Sandpoint where he went to work at the Co-op. After a few years, Roy bought a logging truck and began a career in the woods which made way for a move to Thompson Falls, where Roy and Rose have resided for the last 51 years.
Roy was a force to be reckoned with in the woods, first as a truck driver, then sawyer, then hillboom operator, ending having had a stint as a long boom operator with several logging companies in the area including Oliver & Oliver, Inc. and Cuddy logging. Work-related health issues caused him to retire from the woods in 1986.
Family and friends held Roy in the highest regard due to his integrity, work ethic, humor, generosity, and selfless love for those he genuinely cared about. He was well-known for his fishing tales, some of which were actually true! He not only loved being in the woods but created amazing wooden projects in his shop.
Roy will be deeply missed by his wife, Rosemarie, at the family home; sisters, Betty Hawkins of Sandpoint and Leona (Ralph) Crabb of Sandpoint; children, Linda (Larry) Done of Newman Lake, Wash.; Candy (Mike) Craddick of Newport, Wash.; Debbie (Terry) Traver of Thompson Falls and Dan (Willy) Bloom of Thompson Falls; grandchildren Tina Holstrom, Terry (Christina) Holstrom, Liberty (Dave) Williams, Chris (Lindsey) Craddick, Paul (Jen) Craddick, James (Shera) Craddick, Laurie (Earl) Worth, Lisa Micklon, Ben (Erin) Traver, R.J. (Donna) Spridgeon and Zackery Bloom and great-grandchildren, Kailey and Randi York; Lacey (daughter Brielle), Kyle and Dallas Holstrom; Sam and Brady Williams; Isabelle Craddick; Whitney and Shayla Micklon; Adelynn, Ethan and Damon Traver; Abby, Chris, Regina, Willow and Conner Spridgeon along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter, Danelle Bloom. A note of sincere appreciation is extended to the staff at Clark Fork Valley Hospital for the care and comfort they afforded our family and father during this emotionally difficult time.
Graveside services will be held Sat., March 21 at Whitepine Cemetery at 1 p.m. for family and friends followed with a celebration of life and lunch at Lakeside Motel & Resort Banquet Room in Trout Creek at 2 p.m.