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Funeral and Masonic Services: Will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Orient United Methodist Church with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Pastor Cathy Nutting will officiate the funeral service. The Masonic Circle Lodge No. 555 of Prescott is conducting the masonic service. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery.
Open Visitation: Friends may call at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield on Sunday, January 22nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the Kenneth Blazek memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Kenneth Glen Blazek was born December 22, 1934, the son of Glen and Velma (Duben) Blazek in rural Adams County, Iowa. He passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 82.
Kenneth attended school in Richland and graduated in 1952. On August 8, 1954, he was united in marriage to Estelle Westphal in Fontanelle, Iowa. To this union six children were born: Wesley, Phyllis, Arlan, Joy, Mary and Steven.
All of his life, Kenneth was a farmer and raised various livestock. Kenneth helped with many types of jobs in the neighborhood including electrical, plumbing, furnace work, corn shelling, hauling grain, hauling livestock and anything else anyone ever asked him to do. He also drove the bus for the Orient-Macksburg wrestling team for many years and drove a bus route for the Orient-Macksburg schools. The other jobs that Kenneth had were hauling Kent feed for many feed dealers in the state, driving the trolly, and delivering parts for Car Quest. Kenneth also was a member of the Orient-Macksburg School Board for many years, was a member of the Iowa Association of School Boards, was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Area Agency on Aging, a member of the Adair County Sheriff Reserves, member of the Fontanelle Lumber Yard Board and a member of Early Wheels of Iowa. The family hosted several foreign exchange students. Kenneth also enjoyed attending auctions, collecting toy tractors, mowing the grass and attending activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Estelle, his parents, Glen and Velma Blazek, father-in-law and mother-in-law Ralph and Lucy Westphal, brothers Lawrence and Bill, sister Faye, and great grandson Wyatt.
He is survived by his children Wesley, Phyllis, Arlan (Deb), Joy (Jack), Mary (Mike), and Steven (Lea). His grandchildren are Stacey, Byron (Jerri), Mike, Matt (Steph), Carol, Steven (Megan), Alex (Haley), Abby, Anna, Matt (Abbey), Michelle (Eddie). His great grandchildren are Timothy, Dawson, Taylor, Arielle, Kasey, Kelsey, Kaelyn, Jocelyn, McKenna, Emily, Burton, Elliott, Henry, Charolette, Stella, Hazin, Hank, Nash, and Roen. His brother Vern, sister Jean, sister-in-law Viola, brother-in-law Rodger, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bruce and Zola Westphal. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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