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George Charles Bluhm

 

George Charles Bluhm was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Howard and Hattie Bluhm
where he was the oldest of three children. His family moved to Tacoma, Washington when he
was just 4 years old, and was raised there in a home built by his father and grandfather.
George attended Franklin Pierce High School and was involved in the Future Farmers of
America and 4H where he was awarded the Star farmer of the year by the FFA in 1955-1956.
George attended Washington State University where he graduated with a degree in Agriculture
Engineering in 1963 and was co-awarded as the top Agriculture Engineer in his graduating
class. He finished top of his class and received many accolades while attending WSU, including
president of Farmhouse Fraternity, Alpha Zeta (an honor agriculture fraternity), ASAE (American
Society of Agriculture Engineers) Sigma Tau (National Engineering Honor), ROTC, and Crimson
Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.


Shortly after graduation, George married his first love, Karen Keil. Soon after marriage, they
moved to Pennsylvania to further George’s education, where he attended Penn State and
received a master’s degree in meteorology. George and Karen went on to spend their next 4
years in Ramstein, Germany where he was a captain in the Air Force.


Upon returning to the United States, George worked on his PhD at the University of
Washington while working for the Soil Conservation Service. George wrote part of the Farmers
Act in Washington DC for the SCS. He also worked on the National Air Quality Workshop and
was part of SCS for 30 years. George continued in the Air Force and in the Air National Guard
Reserves where he was part of the 113th regiment and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.


In 1985, George was fortunate to find love again in marriage with Patricia Damery. George’s
love for farming and people led him and Patty to open Polar Farms together. They believed in
the farm to table philosophy for dining. They grew, sold and delivered fruit and vegetables to
many respected restaurants in the surrounding area. George will always be remembered for his
love of western movies, WSU, fishing and hunting, antique cars, and the love for his family and
friends.


George is survived by his two daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, along
with his two sisters, and nieces and nephews.

Grace Lutheran Church
2725 Dover St, Longview, WA
on December 21, 2023

Viewing at 10:00 AM-10:45 AM with a service to follow
Internment at 2:30 PM at Hayes Cemetery, Woodland, WA

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