Highland: Obituaries

Roland Bellm, 90

Roland Bellm
Roland Bellm

Roland W. Bellm, 90, of Highland died on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at Faith Care Center in Highland.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m on Monday, Nov. 9 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Pat G. Jakel, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.

He was born on Sept. 21, 1925 in Highland to Eugene and Irene (Knebel) Bellm. On Sept. 3, 1949, he married Lydia Marie Buescher. She survives in Highland.

Mr. Bellm grew up on a farm near Pierron. He attended Catholic school in Pierron.

He farmed until 1968. He then worked at Wicks Organ Co., delivering organs. He had also driven a truck for Aviston Lumber, Truck Centers, hauled grain and had been a member of the Teamsters.

In his retirement, he worked for the city of Highland. He also volunteered and drove a van for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He enjoyed wood working (cabinets) and collected toy tractors. He and his wife traveled extensively, and he liked yard work, gardening, playing Pinochle and went dancing every other week. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the center of his attention, and he loved them very much.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 1580 in Highland. He was a former member of the Holy Name Society, Edwardsville Moose Lodge, and Madison County Farm Bureau.

Other survivors include a son, Kenneth L. Bellm of Collinsville; a daughter, Lynn M. (Daniel) Koerkenmeier of Highland; grandchildren, Gina M. (James) Nickloff of Staunton, Jason D. (Amy) Koerkenmeier of Highland, Jessica L. (Bill) Logsdon of Highland and Jacqueline M. (Joshua) McGlone of Highland; great-grandchildren, Samantha N. Moss, Kyler D. Koerkenmeier, Kendyl E. Koerkenmeier, Parker W. Logsdon, Chad W. McGlone, Eli R. McGlone and Taylor L. Logsdon; brothers, James G.W. Bellm of Sacramento, Calif., and Eugene “Gene” (Vilma) Bellm of Seattle, Wash.; and sisters, Doris Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mary Ann (Russell) Koch of Highland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Mary Bellm, who died at birth on Oct. 29, 1954; and a brother, Ralph E. Bellm, who died on Dec. 31, 2013.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Masses, or the St. Paul Educational Foundation.