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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
Larry Blasius

Larry Lee Blasius

Thursday, May 20th, 1948 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Larry Lee Blasius, 72, of Kimball, SD passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at his home. Funeral Mass is 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 2, 2020 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. A Committal Service with Military Honors will follow at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery, Kimball. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. prior to services on Friday.

Larry Lee Blasius was born on May 20, 1948 to Leo and Lillian (Geppert) Blasius in Mitchell, SD. He attended Kimball Public School and went to work on the family farm. In April of 1968 he was called to serve his country in the US Navy and then honorably discharged in August of 1969 to come home and take over the farming and ranching after his father’s death; as his siblings were all either married or in school at the time.

On April 18, 1970 Larry was united in marriage to Gayle “Jeanie” Tarabetz at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball. He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church and Drips American Legion Post #130. Larry enjoyed stock car racing, fishing, hunting, and loved spending time with his grandkids, family and friends.

Grateful for having shared in Larry’s life: his wife of over 50 years, Gayle “Jeanie” Blasius of Kimball, SD; his son, Travis (Tara) Blasius of Box Elder, SD; four grandchildren: Devin, Tyler, Shaylee and Ashlyn Blasius; eight siblings: Irene Mines of Canada, Bob (Loretta) Blasius of Kimball, SD, Doris (Ed) Klose of Mitchell, SD, Ruth Ann Thomas of Gillette, WY, Marie Pazour of Kimball, SD, Dorothy (Carroll) Priebe of Pukwana, SD, Mike (Nancy) Blasius of Kimball, SD and Chuck (Dayle) Blasius of Kimball, SD; a sister-in-law, Linda (Mick) Schmiesing of Minnesota; a brother-in-law, Richard Tarabetz of Utah; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Lillian Blasius; a sister, Peg Gagner; a brother, Donnie Blasius; four brothers-in-law: Delmar Mines, Dwayne Thomas, Chester Pazour and Larry Gagner; and in-laws, Orlyn and Josephine Tarabetz.

Memorials in Larry’s honor may be directed to: Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital Voluntary Service, 2501 W. 22nd St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 or
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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  • Service

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    Fr. Andrew Swietochowski
  • Interment

    St. Margaret's Catholic Cemetery
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    Military Honors by Drips American Legion Post #130 of Kimball, SD
  • Reception

    St. Margaret's Catholic Church
    417 Elm St.
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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  • American Legion
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • US Navy
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Kenny geppert

Posted at 07:49pm
Sorry for this sad time for the Blasius family. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Kenny Geppert

Posted at 07:24pm
Sorry for this sad time for the Blasius family . I know my brother Mike Brennan had some fun crazy times with Larry and Mike !! Thoughts and prayers to all of you ! LuAnne Brennan Speer ..


Posted at 06:45am
Jeanie and Travis & Family,
So many great memories at the sale Barn, Cattle drives, Horseshoe, will be cherished. Always fun to be around.
Love you guys you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Val & Dawn Luckett and Family

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