Carl F. Blum, age 69, died Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home in Mill Village after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Born in Warren, PA on March 7, 1944, he was a son of the late Walter C. and Reta V. Streets Blum. He married Patty A. Kinney on December 24, 1969 and she survives.
Carl served with the United States Army and for two years was stationed in Germany. He spent most of his lifetime as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the I.U.O.E. Local 66 for 42 years. Since 1984, Carl, along with his wife, owned and operated P.B. Excavating Company until he retired in 2006 and then transferred ownership of the company to his sons in 2012. Carl enjoyed hard work, but after his retirement, he was able to enjoy spending time with his grandchildren at his camp, and flying with his friend Ron Oberlander. He was a lifetime member of the Mill Village Volunteer Fire Department.
Those that precede him in death include a granddaughter, Kaitlin Blum, a daughter-in-law, Lisa Burnett, and a brother-in-law, Dave Timko.
Survivors include his wife, Patty A. Blum; two sons– Tim M. Blum and his wife Cheryl of Mill Village, and Jamie C. Blum of Union City and his girlfriend, Tracy Langer of Erie; five grandchildren– Alesia, Justin, Sarah, Alex, and Allyson Blum; four siblings– Ernest Blum and his wife Carol of Tionesta, PA, Peggy Timko of Edinboro, Pearl Kerr and her companion Emery Metzler, both of Edinboro, and Milford “Mutt” Blum and his wife, Rhonda of Waterford; and his uncle Bill Kinney of Mill Village.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at which time a funeral service will begin. Pastor Gary Donaldson of Asbury United Methodist Church in Waterford will officiate.
The Blum family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of Metropolitan Erie, 202 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503.