Melvin W. (Mel) Bloom, 80 years old, died on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center he was born in Bozeman, MT to Claude and Lottie (Murray) Bloom. The family moved to Libby when Mel was 7 years old. He graduated from Libby High School in 1958. Mel lived in Libby until his passing, he married Nancy K. (Riley) Bloom in 1961. Mel was a graduate gun smith, his passion of working on cars carried over to working at Valley Motor/Carquest for 23 years and was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, NRA, American Gunsmithing Association.
Mel was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Delbert Bloom. Mel spent many summers teaching and helping his grandson work and build race cars, and spent a few years traveling the state of Montana enduring many motocross races with his great grandson. He also spent many hours in the bleachers during softball games, volleyball, basketball games for his granddaughter and later his great granddaughters. Mel was a lifelong enthusiast of DeSoto, Plymouth and Dodge vehicles.
Mel is survived by his wife of 59 years Nancy Bloom; sister Lorraine (Rain) Barkhoff and significant other Gene Hutchinson of Hobson MT; children Gerry Bloom and Glenda (Tom) Havens all of Kalispell, MT; grandchildren Kristy Harbaugh of Jordan, MT; Zach Havens of Kalispell, MT; Courtney (Adam) Anderson of Libby, MT; great grandchildren Piper, Simon, Eliza and Willa Harbaugh of Jordan, MT; Riley Havens of Kalispell, MT; Payton, Aspen and Kimber Anderson of Libby, MT.
Due to COVID-19 the family is not planning any services currently. Will have a memorial for Mel at a following date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Please send online condolences to www.schnackenbergfh.com
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