So with the above article, I had decided to search in Cook County, Illinois for his death records since the article had mentioned Lansing as where his daughter and her husband were going to. I also checked the date of the newspaper and looked up a calendar for 1943 and found according to the article his date of death was July 19, 1943.
Well, I sent off for a copy of his death certificate from Cook County, and was surprised when I got a letter back stating no records found for the information I gave him. Especially since I found an entry on interment.net for him and his wife buried at Homewood Memorial Gardens in Homewood, Cook, Illinois.
I called Homewood Memorial Gardens and asked them to send me a copy of his burial record and the first one I sent was actually for his son, Arie Blom, Jr. When I finally got the right record, I figured out why Cook County doesn't have a death certificate for him:
At the very bottom of the record, under remarks... "POD: Hammond, In. No int order, too old". So now, I am waiting for the State of Indiana to do their search and hopefully within a week or so I will have my great-great-grandfather's death certificate in my hands.