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Otto Blum

Otto Blum

October 13th, 1926 - July 29th, 2019
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Otto was born on October 13, 1926 in Pakulent, Germany. He was the youngest son of Adolf and Auguste Blum. He was in the Navy at the end of the War and then a prisoner with the US during which time they had him and others help rebuild Germany.

Otto married Auguste Johannsen on May 19, 1948 and they just celebrated their 71st Wedding Anniversary. They had two children, Gerhard (Gary) and Marlies. They lived and worked in Kiel, Germany until they immigrated to Canada.

Otto and his brother-in-law Kurt Johannsen and their families immigrated to Canada in 1953 and lived in two communities, St. Lazare, a small French village, and Rivers, Manitoba. Otto and Auguste’s son Peter was born in Rivers. In 1964 they moved to Dawson Creek and have been here ever since.

Otto worked as a construction carpenter and finishing carpenter. His trade making furniture, cabinets, and doing finishing work. He even worked at the WAC Bennett Dam. He did not work there long as he had to work in the big tunnels and didn’t like that much. He said it was too high. During his life, he and Auguste built four homes and then helped their children build their homes.

Otto loved fishing and spent many hours fishing at One Island Lake, and he loved hunting with his family and friends. Otto and Auguste loved to dance, and took their kids with them to many dances in Tomslake and the Legion in Dawson Creek, and taught them to dance. They also belonged to the German Club of Tomslake and Dawson Creek area.

He is survived by his loving wife Auguste; sons Gary (Pat), Peter (Pat), and daughter Marlies (Neil), as well as eight grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Many thanks to the staff of Northview Home, Rotary Manor, and the Dawson Creek Hospital for their great support and care.

No service will be held, and the interment will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation, 11100 - 13 Street, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3W8.
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