Wayne A. Blum

Wayne A. Blum 

April 9, 1951 – November 13, 2023

Wayne A. Blum, a lifelong resident of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2023, at the age of 72. He was born in Omaha and was a proud graduate of Benson High School.

Wayne’s life was a testament to the power of simple kindness and the joy of time spent with loved ones. Those who met Wayne, even just once, saw him as a fun-loving, great guy- a unique spirit who made friends effortlessly. Those who knew him well deeply felt the same, cherishing his genuine warmth and the easy camaraderie he extended to all. Wayne’s life was marked by his love for sports; he was an avid golfer, relished watching and discussing various games, and his passion for travel brought him many enriching experiences.

Beyond his hobbies, Wayne was a man of immense kindness, often volunteering to help his community. In honor of this, the family suggests that memorials be directed to Boys Town to continue his legacy of generosity.

Wayne’s 40 years at Union Pacific Railroad were marked not just by professional dedication but by the friendships and memories he made along the way. His ability to balance a fulfilling career with his unwavering commitment to his family was something truly special.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Corrine “Corky” Blum; children, Ryan Blum (Jen) and Sandie Vyhlidal (John); siblings, Barb Panzer and Jerry Blum (Bridget); extended family, including son-in-law, Aaron Baldwin; daughter-in-law, Ellen Wilson Hannon; adored grandchildren: Sophie, Ava, Grace, Hannah, Sam, Dylan, Zach, Jack and Emma; great-grandson, Varian.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ermin B. and Loretta M. Blum, Wayne leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and the enduring impact of his charitable spirit.

As we bid farewell to Wayne, we invite those who knew him to share their memories and stories, celebrating the countless moments of happiness and love he shared with all of us.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, December 18th, 10:30AM at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church with a visitation starting at 9:30AM.


  • Ron Bena Posted December 1, 2023 3:56 pm

    My thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire Blum family.. Knowing and talking to Wayne at The Union Pacific, seeing him at the golf courses and at car shows was always a joy.

  • Dawn Obermiller Posted December 1, 2023 9:04 pm

    Dale and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss him walking by to chat about ball games. 😊

  • Doug & Sally Wigton Posted December 1, 2023 9:18 pm

    Your tribute to Wayne was so very spot on. He was indeed an amazing, affable, approachable and good humored man. So very proud of his children and grandchildren. So loving of Corky.
    He was a good friend. He is very much missed.

  • John and Jae Lynn Vyhlidal Posted December 2, 2023 11:06 am

    Sending our love to Wayne’s family and wishes for peace and grace in this difficult journey. He was a good man…honest, kind, encouraging. We were blessed to know him.

  • Collette L Miiller Posted December 3, 2023 4:49 pm

    I will miss you with all my heart especially when we did a Halloween Party at Patty-s house you did a blind Cornhusker referee ! amasing all the memoys

  • Tony DeSanti Posted December 3, 2023 10:01 pm

    I’ve known Wayne since High School and we worked together for many years at Union Pacific. He was a very good friend and I will miss him. My sympathies to Corky, Sandy and Ryan and all of the Blum Family.

  • Janice Alderson Posted December 4, 2023 9:28 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss, I worked with Wayne at Union Pacific and he taught me to be the best Safety Captain. I miss his laughter and seeing his smile daily. Wayne and I went to the same high School, we were Benson Bunnies. I will keep your family in my Prayers.
    God Bless, Matt 5:4

  • Jennifer Lynn Nigro Posted December 12, 2023 6:23 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. When I think of Uncle Wayne I have great memories of him. He was always so joyful and upbeat lifting everyone up around him. I will miss him. Praying for his family that you would have peace and comfort that only the Lord can bring.

  • Tim Mortensen Posted December 13, 2023 11:23 am

    Sorry to hear Wayne had past. I attended grade school at St Cecilia’s and part of high school at Omaha Cathedral with Wayne. I remember sitting next to Wayne in Sister Labore’s advanced algebra class and getting into trouble. Wayne, Rich Gardner and I had a memorable pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota after high school. You could drink beer in South Dakota at 18. We hit every bar in Aberdeen SD. Great Times. I would occasionally see Wayne over the years. He was always great to talk to and reminisce. My condolences to you during this difficult time

  • Kristin Wood Posted December 16, 2023 2:42 pm

    So sorry for your incredible loss. I will always remember the energy and excitement Uncle Wayne brought with him. He was so much fun to be around. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you in this difficult time. I know he will be greatly missed. Xoxo

  • Nancy Jo Wackerhagen Posted December 17, 2023 8:42 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your entire family! You will all be in our thoughts and prayers!
    Nancy Wackerhagen

  • Jenna Vyhlidal Posted December 17, 2023 4:48 pm

    Much love to the whole family! He was such a great guy. I will never forget his great laugh and his visible love to his family.

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