Joseph Charles “Joe” Bloomer, 83, Russell, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Russell Regional Hospital.

He was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Smith County. He attended school in Smith County.

He married Margaret Helen Winter on Sept. 14, 1991, in Russell. She preceded him in death Dec. 18, 2015. He was a farmer in Smith County most of his life. He was a U.S. Army, serving after the Korean War.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Cheryl Nelson, Great Bend, and Kathy Louder, Russell; two brothers, Brig. Gen. William A. Bloomer, Wichita, and James Bloomer, Topeka; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Peace Lutheran Church, Natoma; burial in Natoma Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6240.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with family to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church, Natoma in care of the mortuary.