Kenneth Richard Blaalid

Dates

June 22, 1952 - November 11, 2015

Obituary

Kenneth Richard Blaalid was born on June 22, 1952 in Scotland, SD to Ed and Esther (Evenson) Blaalid.  He spent his first five years on the family farm south of Menno, SD, after which the family moved to Yankton. Ken graduated from Yankton High School in 1970, thanks to the help from his sister-in-law, Marlys.  The day after graduation, Ken was at Fort Ord, CA, for basic training.  Ken had enlisted in the National Guard and served for six years in the Salem, SD Unit.  After basic training, Ken started working at Yankton Auto Parts, and then worked at L&L Auto. This gave Ken his start in the auto-parts business.  In 1974, he opened a CarQuest store in Bloomfield, NE.  It was during this time that he met Jeanne Hiller.  They were married on May 22, 1976 in Bellwood, NE.  In 1977 Ken and Jeanne moved to Mitchell and opened a CarQuest Auto Parts with Ken’s eldest brother, Art.  In 1991 they purchased Leader Hardware and Sporting Goods.  This began Ken’s transition from the auto industry into the outdoor, hunting and fishing industry.  After 25 years Ken sold CarQuest and began to run Leader full time.  Ken never passed up an opportunity to brag about his sons, daughters, their spouses and grandchildren.  Ken’s pride in his grandkids was obvious to anyone who met him, because he was quick to show them pictures and tell them how his grandkids “warmed his heart”.

Ken is survived by his wife, Jeanne, Mitchell, two sons; Rich (Angie), Roseville, MN.  Mike (Libby Olson) Blaalid, Mitchell, two daughters; Anne (Ryan) Cross, Des Moines, IA. Liz Blaalid, Mitchell, five grandchildren; Benjamin, Oliver Blaalid, Maggie, Ellie, John Cross, two brothers; Norm (Joann), Yankton, Dennis (Sandy) Blaalid, Yankton, one sister, Elsie Metz, Brandon, one sister-in-law, Marlys Blaalid, Yankton, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends and hunting buddies.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Barbra Ann Blaalid, parents, Ed and Esther Blaalid, brother, Art Blaalid, brother-in-law, Mick Metz and nephews, Jeff Blaalid and Douglas Blaalid.


Visitation(s)

Date
Friday, November 13, 2015
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Posted by Dan Marvin on November 18, 2015
Jeanne my deepest sympathy to you and your family
Posted by Peg Hilĺer on November 17, 2015
Thank you for giving me a great brother, and father figure, ! After all we are all blessed to have you as part of our lives! I am better for being loved by this wonderful Blaalid family! Unconditional love !!l
Posted by Joan Thomas Kovar on November 16, 2015
So very sorry to hear of your loss Jeanne. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Josh Buehner on November 15, 2015
So sorry for your family's loss.
Posted by Paul, Tamie, Roxy, and Niki Reiand on November 15, 2015
we are so sorry for your loss..our thoughts and prayers go out to your families
Posted by Lisa Jacobson on November 14, 2015
Jean and Kids, I am so so sorry for you sudden loss of Ken. I have such fond memories of Ken when I would be in town visiting. Ken always made me feel welcome in his home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you all find comfort in the many many memories and stories you have with and about Ken. Hugs xoxoxo
Posted by Anne and Dave Tienter, Port St Lucie FL on November 14, 2015
So sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed visiting with Ken when we are in town. He always had a smile and took time to chat. You are in our prayers.
Posted by Yvonne Burt (South Africa) on November 14, 2015
Ken, I only had the pleasure of meeting you recently, and knowing how close my brother, Walter was to you, made me feel as is I knew you forever. You loved Walter like a brother, and I know he felt the same. I am saddened by the loss of a special person who loved his family so much. May Jeanne and family find comfort in God's loving arms. God Bless
Posted by Doug DeLozier on November 14, 2015
"May the GOD of all comfort and FATHER of tender mercivbes be with all the family" !
Posted by Suzy (DeLozier) Harmsen on November 14, 2015
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Kenny and Dennis were like brothers. He and Dennis would be at our house or my brothers and I were at there house. There parents treated us like part of the family and my mom did the same when they were at our house. He was such an amazing person. Mom and Ester were good friends. So many prayers being sent to the family during this sad time
Posted by Carol 'Cookie' Mattern on November 14, 2015
My thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time. May Ken RIP.
Posted by Loran & Kathy Tramp on November 14, 2015
So very sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Please extend our sympathy to the entire family. Our prayers are with you!
Posted by Brian and Susan Tjarks on November 14, 2015
Jeanne and family, we are sending our love, prayers, and deepest heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dear husband and dad! He was loved so much and will be missed deeply!! You are all in our prayers!!
Posted by Ronnie Larsen on November 14, 2015
Love and hugs and prayers for the Blaalid family. Heaven gained a great man, father and friend. RIP Brodder.
Posted by Linda Margheim on November 13, 2015
Jeanne and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Dana,Doc Rauh@Allen Friloux on November 13, 2015
Praying for you and your family!! What terrible loss, we will miss him very much. We always looked forward to seeing him and his family every time we came to Mitchell to hunt. We are so sad for you.
Posted by Tony and Nicole C-K, and boys on November 13, 2015
So sorry for your loss. You are all on our minds and in our hearts.
Posted by Mike and Janette DeSmet on November 13, 2015
We are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing .Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Chopper & Marlene Johnson on November 13, 2015
We are so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God Bless You!!
Posted by Humbracht Family on November 13, 2015
We are so sorry for your family's loss. Ken and Jean are our neighbors that we did not really know until last fall. We had a garage/house fire. They were there for us, took our kids to their house while the whole fire was happening and then graciously let us stay in their home for a period of time while the insurance company worked out things for a place for us to stay. We are forever in their debt. They helped us at a time of utter confusion and of feeling helpless. The kids love stopping and seeing them both at the store or their home. Spending time with Ken, his love for his family just glowed out of him. Heaven gained a great man that will never be forgotten.
Posted by Kevin Termeer on November 13, 2015
So Sorry for your families loss !! Ken was one of the best men I've had the pleasure of calling a friend . he will be missed by many.
Posted by DJ on November 13, 2015
My prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time. I feel honored that I had the opportunity to know Ken even in a small way. His presence will be missed. Love to you all.
Posted by KC Jensen on November 13, 2015
Mike & Family - I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Margaret Hamilton on November 13, 2015
Liz (and family) I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad...may God be with you at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Vikki Boehnen Lansing on November 13, 2015
Our family is so very sorry for your terrible and sudden loss. May you find some comfort in your memories and stories and may the Lord comfort and support your family during this time.
Posted by Jeremy Endres on November 13, 2015
Ken was always so nice to our family. He will be missed.
Posted by Ernie & Deb Hohn on November 13, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to the Blaalid family.
So sorry for your loss, too young to be taken away, so soon.....
Posted by Steve & Maureen Koch on November 13, 2015
Thoughts and Prayers for you Jeanne and your family. Ken will always be remembered as a great man in many ways. It was an honor to have known him.
Posted by Scott and Deb Burgi on November 13, 2015
We are very sorry to hear of your loss of Kenny. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Stan dammann on November 13, 2015
Thoughts and prayers sent to you and yours So sorry for your loss Ken was a Great man
Posted by Bethany Neubauer on November 13, 2015
Prayers and hugs to Rich and Anne!
Posted by Maureen & Berton Whited on November 13, 2015
So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Jeanne and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jane Lemay on November 13, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you all.
Posted by Brad and Kayla Gates on November 13, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blaalid family...sorry for your loss...Ken was a great man!
Posted by Ann Webb on November 13, 2015
Jeanne, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on November 13, 2015
So sorry to hear of the loss of Kenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Hold the memories tight in your hearts and know that he will be watching over all of you.
Posted by Tony & Leah Rezac on November 13, 2015
I'm very sorry for your loss. Ken was a great man.
Posted by Connie Bush on November 13, 2015
So sorry for your loss!! Our prayers for you Jeanne and the family.He was such a great man,so kind and always made every one smile.He left so many fond memories to keep in your hearts til you all reunite in heaven.I pray God comforts you and guides you thur this difficult time.Ken is watching down upon us.
Posted by Connie Bush on November 13, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeanne and your family during this difficult time.Ken was a great man always so kind and joking around.He so loved his family and grandkids.You have great memories to keep in your heart til we all reunite in heaven.Great man!!
Posted by Joel and Audrey Stahl on November 13, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Ken was a great person and will be deeply missed!
Posted by Tama and Dan Backlund on November 12, 2015
Jeanne and family. Please know that we are so sad to hear of Ken's passing. He will be missed by so, so many. You are all in our prayers and will be for many days to come.
Posted by Jim & Mary DeLozier on November 12, 2015
Our condolences to your family. Praying for you at this time and the difficult times ahead.
Posted by Bob Bynum on November 12, 2015
To the Blaalid's:
Laurie and I are grieved by your familie's lose. A husband, father and Grandfather has been taken away too soon. Peace be with you.
Posted by Mark & Katie Schumacher on November 12, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about your loss.
Posted by Christian Sorlien on November 12, 2015
Thoughts and prayers going to everyone he was my dads cousin and he was a good man I remember many good things about him and may he rest in peace.
Posted by Amy Hendrix on November 12, 2015
Such sad news! My prayers and thoughts are with you all!
Posted by Pete Pazurek on November 12, 2015
My prayers go out for an amazing family. I love you all.
Posted by Eileen Shea on November 12, 2015
Sending love and warmest aloha to you, Ken, and your family. From myself and mom, Lavonne and all the Grans.
Posted by Jeff VandeBerg on November 12, 2015
Kenny, I know you'll be watching over me and I'm gonna try to make you proud! Until we meet again... my best friend.
Posted by Deanna Heppler on November 12, 2015
Jean and family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Always enjoyed Ken when he would come into the nursery. He was a great family man and a great neighbor..
Posted by Erin Halverson on November 12, 2015
Incredibly sorry for your loss. Sending love to the Blaalid family during this difficult time.
Posted by Ryan,breezy and boys simpson on November 12, 2015
Ken,thanks for always being an amazing friend to this family you will be dearly missed always remember the Simpsons love and miss you so very much rip our friend 👄
Posted by Jared, Nancy, Sofia & Phillip Louwagie on November 12, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
Posted by Sheryl plamp on November 12, 2015
So very sorry for the loss of your husband father and grandfather. He was a great friend too many and will be missed
Posted by Kathy Bowman on November 12, 2015
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Tj on November 12, 2015
Dear Blaalid family: Sorry for your loss. It is comforting to know from the Bible at John 5:28, 29 that we will see our dead loved ones again. Please know that my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you.
Posted by Bob Young on November 12, 2015
A great business mind with great family values. Going to miss the frequent conversations about many interesting ideas. Our thoughts are with Jeanne and the family.
Posted by Dustin & Abby Stahl on November 12, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken was a great father and person.
Posted by Chris Geroy on November 12, 2015
Ken...I'm happy to have known you since I've moved to Mitchell. Prayer to your family during this trying time. Will miss you buddy!
Posted by Al Christenson, Owatonna MN on November 12, 2015
Very sorry for your sudden loss.
Posted by Bill Goldammer on November 12, 2015
Very sorry for your loss
Posted by Ann Gonzalez Rushing. on November 12, 2015
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Jeanne and your family.
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