John Blaine Nation


November 28, 1924 - March 7, 2009




John Blaine Nation was born November 28, 1924 at Miller, SD to Ward and Helen (Richards) Nation.  He served in the US Navy as a Radarman on a destroyer during WWII from 1942 to 1945.  He raised cattle on a farm southeast of Mitchell for a number of years and was employed at Dakota Manufacturing Company from 1970 to 1979.  He was also employed by Green Thumb of Mitchell for numerous years.  He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and VFW. 

He is survived by one son, Jerel Nation of Bend, OR; one daughter, Judy Nation of Santa Barbara, CA; one grandson, Gabrial Mcaslin of Santa Barbara, CA; and two step-sisters, Mary VanAgtmael of Scio, OR and LaVonna Spires of Longmont, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bill and one sister, Velda.



Tuesday, March 10, 2009
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, March 11, 2009
10:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Roxane Zimmer on March 10, 2009
I knew Blaine from the VFW and the American Legion. I always enjoyed seeing and visiting with him. He was a kind man. I will miss him.
Posted by Becky Riggs on March 10, 2009
Blaine will be missed by many people. He always put others before himself. we had many holidays dinners with him. He always had a bag of peanuts&nuts for us kids. deepest sympathy to his
Children,Grandchildren and step sister.
Posted by Mary M. Nation Van Agtmael on March 10, 2009
Blaine was my half-brother from my father's first marriage. I didn't know him well but am very fond of his son Jerry. I met Blaine once over 35 years ago. He reminded me a great deal of our father, who was a loving and kind person.

Thank you to the American Legion and VFW who have been his other family and for their involvement in his final internment.
Posted by Judy McCaslin on March 10, 2009
I am his daughter who did not see him from the time I was 6 years old until my brother Jerry and I were able to visit him for a few days in October of 2008. I am grateful that we got to spend that time with him, and I know that he was a good and gentle man who lived close to nature and lived true to his principles.
Thank you to all of the veterans at the American Legion and VFW who were family to him, and to the doctors and nurses at the hospital and convalescent home who took care of him.
Posted by Wayne & Carmen Allen on March 9, 2009
"Blaine" was a kind and quite man and aways attended family gatherings at Bruce and Alberta Allens home.( William & Laura Richards were Albeta`s parents and William was a brother of Ward) All the of Allen families knew Blaine and enjoyed it when he attended the different holiday gatherings.
Our deepest sympathies for his children,grandchild and step-sisters.
Posted by Darrell Nation on March 9, 2009
I am a first cousin who spent time with Blaine when we were young boys but had seen very little of him as a grown up as we both moved away and moved on with our lives.
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