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Bahm was born Aug. 24, 1942, in Everett, Wash., to Christine Lila (Rhodes) and Laurence Henry Bahm, and died April 22, 2013, in Seven Points.
He was a master chief in the United States Navy. He served 30 years, was a Vietnam Veteran and served three tours abroad. He traveled many places during his military career, and was proud to be an American and serve his country.
He enjoyed working on hot rods in his shop, restoring old cars and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was a “biker” at heart and met his wife at a Harley Davidson store.
He was full of life and humor and was a prankster at heart. He enjoyed setting the hook, and watching people devour the bait.
Nothing made him laugh more than telling jokes.
He moved to Texas to enjoy the great landscape of country living and retirement. He spent a few years at the “Hot Rod Ranch.” In his last few years, he raised horses and cattle, and his greatest joys were his cat, “Lilly,” and donkey “Mistletoe.”
He was known to many as a right wing Republican, political junky, history buff and fierce debater.
Before moving to Texas, he was a resident of Tracy, Calif., and was an active member of the “Clutch Burner Car Club.”
He belonged to the American Legion Post 310 in Gun Barrel City, and the local HOG chapter. He was an active member of his community, and supported many car show events and charities.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Valerie Bahm; son Jerome Bahm Jr., and wife Natasha; daughter Christine Bahm; grandchildren Cody and Justin Bahm and Breanna Grimes; stepson Joel Keough; sister-in-law Betty Bahm; brother-in-law Tony Thomas and wife Elaine; nieces, nephews, extended family; friends Gilbert Rivera and Robyn “Bubba” Evans.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane Bahm and stepsiblings.
Donations may be made to KWVA Wounded Warrior Fund, P.O. Box 51, Lewes, DE 19958 or the Humane Society Kindred Spirits memorial Program, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home is located at 1226 South Elm St. in Kemp.