Russell Blaes

Russell Blaes
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Russell C. Blaes, 85, of Belleville, IL, born March 15, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, May 18, 2020, at Coulterville Rehab and Health Center, Coulterville, IL.

Mr. Blaes retired from Industrial Distribution Group “IDG” in St. Louis, MO, after many years working in their sales department. Russ was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, IL where he belonged to the Men’s Club and served as an usher.  He was a United States Army Veteran, having spent military time in Korea.  Russ was at one time an avid bowler, having bowled two AVC 300 games and one 299 game.  He was awarded many prizes, trophies and league championship tournaments.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Malinda, nee Jung, Blaes; and two brothers, Robert Blaes and Fr. Donald Blaes.

Surviving are a sister, Carol Blue of Belleville, IL;
a brother, Dale (Donna) Blaes of Marissa, IL;
nieces and nephews;
and many friends, including his numerous colleagues at IDG.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or in the form of Masses at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held, with a Mass and memorial service to be held at a later date.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


4 Comments on Russell Blaes

Gene Weil said : Guest Report May 23, 2020 at 7:08 PM

To the Blaes family please accept my condolences. I was in the Blessed Sacrament men’s club with Russ. He was a great person and friend.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Margie Dodds said : Guest Report May 23, 2020 at 4:50 PM

So sorry for your loss. Russ was a wonderful friend. I will miss him dearly. Cherish the great memories. He is no longer suffering

  • Callaway
  • MD
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report May 23, 2020 at 10:15 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Blaes family on the loss of Russ and Fr Don. I remember them well growing up on 17th and West Main. Both always had captivating smiles and always treated us younger guys in the neighborhood well. God rest their souls.

  • IL
Mark D. Becker said : Guest Report May 21, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Dearest Carol and family; my sincerest prayers and condolences of your families losses of both Father Don and now Russell. I am at a loss of proper and fitting words except I shall keep you in my prayers.

  • Trenton
  • IL

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