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Longtime Orland Park resident, veteran dies

Visitation will be Friday for a longtime Orland Park resident and U.S. Army veteran, Gary Blummer.

Mr. Blummer, 63, died from complications of pulmonary fibrosis Tuesday at Palos Community Hospital.

A resident of Orland Park for 59 years, Mr. Blummer graduated from Sandburg High School in 1967 and was drafted into the Army, serving in Thailand from 1967 to 1969 and achieving the rank of sergeant.

After the military, he drove trucks for construction companies including Lally Brothers and Frontier Construction.

Mr. Blummer was a charter member of the Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2604 and was a longtime member of the Orland Park Lions Club.

Mr. Blummer’s survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gail, and their sons, Christopher and Jeffrey. Gail Blummer is active with veterans affairs in Orland Park, serving as recording secretary of the village’s veterans commission.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave., Orland Park. A funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park.

A private burial will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled Patriot Fund or the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad.

Staff report



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