Dale Blaes

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Dale Blaes,”Woodeye” 83, of Marissa, IL, born January 18, 1940, passed away peacefully Wednesday June 28, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Dale worked for the United States Postal Service for over 35 years. He continued working as a housing manager for Cecil Management for two years and the Lewis and Clark Library system until his final retirement in 2007.

Dale was a loving father and loved serving in his community. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Swansea Fire Department from 1971 – 1985 and the Smithton Fire Department from 1986 –1997. In 1961, he received the Superior Accomplishment Award given by the Postal Service for the swift action taken while he was on duty that saved the life of a boy that had gotten onto a set of train tracks. Dale helped build the Smithton Library and was founding President from 1988 – 1998. He also received the Smithton Man of the Year award in 1993. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than 23 years where he served as past president several times and held many other offices during his time. In 2018, he earned the Prestigious Foundation Fellowship Award from the Lions Club for his ongoing assistance and dedication to helping those in need. He was a committee member, Troop Leader and received various awards as a volunteer for 27 years for the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Belleville Labor Council and was nominated for Labor person of the year. He also coached little league for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto J. and Melinda, nee Jung, Blaes; his brothers, Fr. Don Blaes, Robert Blaes, and Russell Blaes; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Blaes; and a grandson, Brad Blaes.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, nee Armstrong, Blaes, whom he married November 19, 2005; a sister, Carol Blue; four children, Roger (Theresa) Blaes, Larry (Lisa) Blaes, Lisa (Brad) Glaeser, and Steven (Shannon) Blaes; five grandchildren, Hunter Blaes, Kyle Blaes, Kurtis Blaes, Brittany Blaes, and Morgan Blaes; five great-grandchildren, Aidyn Kiernan, Ellerie Blaes, Charlie McMillin, Eric McMillin, and Elizabeth McMillin; nine stepchildren, Amber (Terry) McCarthy, Shane (Melinda) Tolley, Heather (Craig) Tolley-Bauer, Tristan Tolley, Tyler Wilson, Jennifer (Tim) McMillin, Calvin (Carolina) Ratliff, Brea Brunk, and Danielle (Josh) Arthur; three step grandchildren, Reid Bauer, Taylinn Ratliff, and Kinley Brunk; eleven nieces and nephews, Greg Blaes, Robert Blaes, Richard Blaes, Debbie Nixon, Dorothy Blue, Sharon Voss, Robert Dwayne Blue, Julia Lee, Chris Blue, and Paul Blue; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Smithton Lions Club. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


7 Comments on Dale Blaes

Laura Kilby Blaes said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2023 at 4:28 PM

Dale Blaes was the best man I ever knew. His overall kindness and generosity was of the highest nature. Without his devotion and hard work, Smithton PublicLibrary District wouldn’t exist. Working on the Library with him was the joy of my life. My condolences to Donna, his children and grandchildren. Praying for you all.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Chester Yung said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2023 at 7:12 PM

So sorry to hear about Dale , what a great family man , and person in general . He was a giver , and a friend to all . I spent quite a few years on the fire department with Dale and he was truly dedicated to everything he participated in whatever it may be from his Postal job , to the Library , the Lion’s Club , and the Fire department . He was a great person , and will be deeply missed . Our condolences go out to the family .

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Dorothy Blue said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2023 at 7:51 PM

I am blessed as I read about my Uncle Dale's life, and so grateful I was his niece and god-daughter. My Uncle Dale was always kind and loving, a rare gentleman like his dad, My grandpa Otto. Blessings to you, Donna, for loving and standing by your man. And blessings to you my cousins, and family, as we grieve the loss of our buddy. You will be missed Uncle Dale. 🩷 Love, Dorothy Blue Love, Dorothy

  • Maryville
  • Il
Paul and Linda Greenspan said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 11:03 PM

Linda and I feel blessed to have become friends with Dale and Donna (a classmate) on an RV winter in Destin, Florida in 2015. Living across a concrete patio we enjoyed many experiences including sharing 2 to 3 meals a day. Dale and I had a daily ritual of licorice and Gunsmoke! A true gentleman, he treated all with respect and friendship. Look up Christian in the dictionary and you’ll find Dale’s picture. Thanks for being in our lives! We love you and Donna dearly! Forever, Linda and Paul Greenspan

  • Centralia
  • Illinois
John and Debbie Zellerman said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 8:43 PM

We’re so very sorry for your family’s loss. Dale was an awesome guy and he’ll be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Elizabeth Cornett said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 5:45 PM

To Dales family I am so sorry for your loss. Dale and Donna live right across the street from me. I will miss Dale so much. One of the nices man i have ever know. RIP my friend.

  • Marissa
  • Il
DEBI BOEVING said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2023 at 4:38 PM

Was so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. I worked with Dale getting the Smithton Library District founded. I have many great memories of Dale also as the Postmaster of Smithton. He was a great person to be around. I know his family will miss him greatly. He worshiped his children and grandchildren. RIP Dale.

  • Smithton
  • IL

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