RANDOLPH, N.Y. – Gerrit Blees, 99, of Sheldon Street, Randolph, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in his home.
Mr. Blees was born Sept. 9, 1914, in Whitesboro, N.Y., the son of the late William and Elizabeth Dewaard Blees.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II from Oct. 20, 1942 to Oct. 5, 1945. Mr. Blees was trained at the Sampson Naval School, Miami University of Oxford and Ohio Fleet Signal School. He served aboard the USS Amick DE 168 and the USS Knight DD 633.
Gerrit was a former resident of Newburyport and Rowley, Mass., prior to moving to Randolph in 1977. Prior to his retirement, he was a professional driver for several Coach Lines, including Trailways of New England in Springfield, Mass, Fleet Carrier, Detroit, Mich., Allstate Freight of Akron, Ohio, and retired in 1978 from Trailway Lines, New England Division.
He was a member of the Randolph United Presbyterian Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5707 in Rowley, Mass., Randolph American Legion Post 181, Randolph Masonic Lodge 359 F&A.M, Jamestown Consistory, Amalgamated Transit Union of Washington, D.C., and Cattaraugus County Volunteers Association. Gerrit was a volunteer for the Randolph ECHO Senior Nutrition program and organized bus trips for ECHO and the Randolph Golden Keys. He enjoyed refinishing furniture.
He is survived by a daughter, Martha Wood and a son, J. Kurt Blees, both of Randolph; three stepchildren; Linda (Del) Mee of Falconer, Karen Bolasevich of North Bloomfield, Conn., and Craig Glass of Flatrock, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Eleanore Carlson Blees, whom he married Nov. 25, 1949, and who preceded him on July 30, 1986; and a sister, Elizabeth G. Roller. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Monday (March 3, 2014), in the VanRensselaer & Son Fun-eral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph, NY 14772. A masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home conducted by Randolph Lodge 359.
Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Leslie Latham will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Randolph Cemetery in the summer with a graveside memorial service and full military honors.
To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensse-laerandsonfuneralhome. com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Randolph ECHO Senior Nutrition, Jamestown Scot-tish Rite or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.