|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1985|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2005, Iraq|
Nicholas William Baart Bloem was born in Bellevue, Washington on August 2nd, 1985, the second of twin boys. His father shared his name between his two boys, Alcides and Nicholas. Nicholas was born to a family already part of the Covenant Presbyterian Church family. He was nurtured and loved in this setting as he attended Sunday school and church services, Pioneer Club, Vacation Bible School, and enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the church. From 3 years old, Nick went with his family on an annual multi-family camping trip which became known as S.A.F.A.R.I. - Seven Adventurous Families Annual Recreation Invasion. He publicly confessed his love for the Lord when he was five years old and has continued to grow in Him since then.
Nick was educated at home, for the first 16 years of his life, where he felt the constant love and attention of a family devoted to his own good, whether he liked it or not. He attended Kent View Christian High School in Auburn, Washington for his junior year and continued to thrive. Although he thought the move to Montana would be an adventure, it was difficult for him when he realized what he had left behind. Slowly Nick found his place as he attended and graduated from Belgrade High School and signed up for the Marines. Staff Sergeant Clark became his close friend and mentor.
Last December, Nick met and fell in love with a special young lady, Kindra Clark, who supported him during his time in Iraq as they made plans for the future. As A Marine he had trained in San Diego, California, Texas and 29 Palms, California. He was deployed to Haditha Dam in Iraq early in March of 2005.
Lance Corporal Nicholas Bloem was taken to be with his dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on August 3rd, 2005, one day after his 20th birthday.
Nick’s mother always believed that he had a desire in his heart to be a hero-a heart for people and the desire to do something important, along with the toughness and determination to do it. She assumed this would be most likely fulfilled through his roles as a husband and father.
Nicholas is survived by his parents, Al and Debbie Bloem, his older sister Juliana, her husband David Schell and their daughter Ashlyn, his twin brother, Alcides, his younger sisters, Christina, Victoria, Florence, Catherine, Sarah, Rachel and Susanna, his grandmother, Julia Bloem, his grandparents, Bill and Letha Swenson, his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 11am Monday, August 15, 2005 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave SE, Renton. A committal serice will follow at 3 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery. (The funeral procession will leave the church at 2 PM with motorcyle escorts).
Nicolas died a hero. Not many men have the opportunity to be heroes in such celebrated ways. However, in their more normal roles, opportunities abound.
Donations to support the memorial events for Nicholas Bloem can be sent to the Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas William B. Bloem Memorial Fund, c/o Covenant Presbyterian Church, 22116 SE 51st Pl., Issaquah, WA 98029. (Donations are not tax-deductible.)
Tahoma National Cemetery
Created by: Cindy
Record added: Aug 06, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11488096
Judy K. Dye
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