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E. Arthur Blaalid

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E. Arthur Blaalid

E. Arthur Blaalid, age 80, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, November 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with MDS at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

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A memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Lund officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later time with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the South Dakota Army National Guard. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service and video tribute at 6:00 PM.

E. Arthur Blaalid was born February 27, 1933, on the family farm in rural Lesterville, South Dakota. He attended country school and graduated from Scotland High School in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California during the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart Marlys Engen on December 26, 1954 in Yankton at Trinity Lutheran Church. After Arts honorable discharge from the Marines they returned to Yankton where Art began working for Welfl Construction as an apprentice and was promoted to job foreman. They moved to Mitchell, South Dakota in 1970. Art began his teaching career at Mitchell Technical Institute. He was known as "Mr. Art" to all of his students and students at the Mitchell High School. He then returns to residential construction until moving to Maryland. In 1986 Art taught Building Trades at St. Marys Technical Center in Leonardtown, Maryland until his retirement in 1998 when they returned to Yankton.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Yankton Elks Lodge. Art loved being with his family, taking camping trips, snowmobiling while the kids made homemade ice cream, watching Disney movies, teaching them how to hunt and fish, and working on their houses and cars. He will always be remembered for his generosity, love of dogs, his ability to fix anything with duct tape, wonderful sense of humor and great smile. He was a true family man.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marlys of Yankton, two daughters: Debbie (Pat) Faile of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Denise Cruce of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Jessica, Melissa, Nicholas, Tiffany, Douglas, and Ryan; one great granddaughter, Haiden; sister, Elsie Metz of Brandon, South Dakota; three brothers: Norm (JoAnn) Blaalid of Yankton; Dennis (Sandy) Blaalid of Yankton; and Kenny (Jeanne) Blaalid of Mitchell, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his two sons Douglas in 1960 and Jeffrey in 2004; son-in-law, Nick Cruce in 2013; baby granddaughter and also by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church (pipe organ/kitchen fund) or the charity of your choice.

To send an online sympathy message, please visit wintzrayfuneralhome.com.

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