E. Arthur Blaalid
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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.

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 Art's 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. Mary's 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.




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A NOTE TO SEND OUR SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY UPON THE PASSING OF ART. DICK AND I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF ART THROUGH BUSINESS, CHURCH AND TIMES AT THE ELKS. PLEASE KNOW WE ARE THINKING OF YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW FOR EACH OF YOU.

DICK AND KAY BAILEY


I got to know Art when I was a young man and learned what a true gentleman was. First time i met him he was so friendly second time i felt he was my best friend. Art was one of the finest teachers and co-workers i have ever worked with. Art was such a great husband and father. Art will be missed but he left us with some great menories. Thanks Ed & Britt Carney

Ed Carney


While I visited with Marlys earlier, I still hadn't expected Art's passing so soon. I met him in Mitchell, SD, and am still not sure whether to forgive him or not for talking me into serving on the Mitchell school board with him, and others. We had a great time together, and helped accomplish many great things. Whether at the school board meetings, or at breakfast at Lukkens, Art enjoyed life, and was serious about providing the best for our young people. He will definitely be missed. His influence amongst the young people will continue. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,... Thou art with me." Peace,

Rev. Gary Kimm


My heart goes out to the entire family. Sending comfort and prayers your way.

Sincerely, Joanna Logsdon


Debbie Faile and family,

I feel your pain having experienced the loss of my father. Love, thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Eddie Dover, Rock Hill, SC


Marlys, We were both sadden to hear of Art's passing. I was always indebted to Art for leaving Yankton to spend a few years in Maryland teaching at the Tech Center. His impact on the kids was great. Moreover you both were wonderful friend and neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ed and Donna Fitzgerald


Debbie, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Zelda Shute


Marlys, Our prayers go out to you and the family. Art was an amazing man and wonderful friend. Jean and I are so sorry to hear of his passing.

Ron and Jean


Sorry to hear of your loss - you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jan Christopherson/Cj Fischer


Marlys and family..We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family..

Denny and Marty Andrzejewski


Just to let you know you have my sincere symapathy at this difficult time.

Mary Kieff


I trust that our Lord will lift up your family in strength and in spirit.

~Be Blessed~

Sherry A. Daugherty


Art. Our time working together in the building trades in Maryland were most memorable. You will be remebered as a good teacher and dear friend. May you Rest in Piece. Our love to Markys

Larry Brabec


Marlys, My sympathy to you and your family. I just got Art home from the hospital so I won't be able to attend any of the memorials but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I did enjoy the video of Art's and your life, so nicely done. My love to you classmate of 1953!

Marge Becker


Debbie and Family, I know your dad brought so many happy moments in your and your families' life and left you with a treasure trove of memories. You will never be able to forget him as long as he still lives on in your heart.We are praying for you and your family in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace and may your family remember the happy times you had. Hugs!

Greg, Tia and Keegan Kilpatrick


Love you Debbie! Praying for you and your family.

Anita McKinney


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