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Leonard C. Blain

March 17, 1946 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 71)
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A candle was lit by Jerry & Gwen Schulz on September 5, 2017 5:43 PM
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A candle was lit by stacy Below on September 5, 2017 7:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Micah & Susan Rhoten on September 6, 2017 9:26 AM
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A candle was lit by Colleen Lindgren on September 6, 2017 9:42 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this Barb.. thinking of you and your family... Colleen
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A candle was lit by Colleen & Dion Lindgren on September 6, 2017 9:44 AM
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A candle was lit by Bakken Family on September 6, 2017 11:02 AM
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A MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was ordered on September 6, 2017

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A candle was lit by Jena Nigg on September 6, 2017 9:12 PM
Message from Brady and Patty Lunde
September 6, 2017 10:42 PM

I know Jeanelle was waiting to welcome her daddy to heaven. I can hear them giggling together now and telling a few stories, too. God bless all of you and know you are in our prayers.
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A candle was lit by Vern & Lorrie Mosser on September 7, 2017 10:25 AM
Message from The Stahlke's
September 7, 2017 10:33 AM

Barb and family, our hearts are heavy with sadness. Both you and Leonard have been such a blessing to our family through the years of caring for our children in your home. Leonard is with the angels now and I'm sure he is having many interesting conversations. :-) We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Charlotte anderson on September 7, 2017 12:43 PM
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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on September 7, 2017

With our love, Ron, Don, John, Tom and families

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A candle was lit by Bruce Blain on September 7, 2017 6:11 PM
Message from James and Sherryl Zoltenko
September 8, 2017 8:27 AM

Dear Barb, Len, Bill and Families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for life without Leonard. We know you will find comfort in the God of ALL comfort and His Son Jesus Christ. We pray for comfort and courage in the days ahead. Leonard was a good man that loved the Lord, his family and his country. With much respect and love, James and Sherryl Zoltenko
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A candle was lit by kathy muckey on September 8, 2017 9:48 AM
Message from Emily Blain Finsand
September 8, 2017 12:44 PM

We will greatly miss Leonard. He was a real comfort and encouragement to me and my husband Mark after Mark's heart attack several years ago. They enjoyed long talks on a lot of different topics including the military and other common interests. We will miss our chat times together.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb and the whole family.
Message from Danny and Sarah Anson
September 10, 2017 10:40 PM

We we're sorry to hear of Leonard's passing . He was such a likeable guy . we will miss seeing him at the Anson reunion. Our thoughts and prayers 💙
Message from Maida Blain Lawler
September 8, 2017 12:46 PM

We will miss Leonard. Know that he is in heaven. May God be with you and comfort you.
Message from Judith Blain Hanson
September 8, 2017 12:49 PM

Sorry to hear of Leonard's death. You all have my sincere sympathy and prayers for you in the days and weeks ahead.
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A candle was lit by Dean Roe on September 8, 2017 12:52 PM
Message from Michael Clay
September 8, 2017 7:48 PM

I am sorry for your loss. I am a distant cousin. His mother Henrietta was my great aunt and I remember her sister visits with my grandmother, Sarah, fondly. My condolences.
Message from Druella
September 9, 2017 12:07 AM

So sorry for your loss. May God be with the family and guide you at this time. I am from family when he was a little boy living with mom and dad, Harold and Henrietta. Please accept my condolence. Druella (Wellman) Lancaster
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A candle was lit by Amantha Boese-Pieper on September 10, 2017 6:04 PM
Message from Bill Blain
September 10, 2017 7:14 PM

A Tribute to Poppa:
My Dad is Leonard Charles Blain, to me he was Poppa.
Poppa was a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam where he flew Troop Insertions and Extractions. He was so humble when he spoke of his service. He said it was his honor to serve and he said the troops on the ground were the ones that made the real sacrifices. Poppa never talked much to me about his time in Vietnam until the last ten years or so. He spoke of some of the difficult areas he had to fly into to extract troops. He said that they would be dropping down into an area with very tall trees he said “we were chopping fire wood all the way in, and all the way out”. He said “a helicopter rotor can only handle so much” and he said “he would be praying in those moments that they would be able to get the guys out and back home safe”. It always stuck with me that he didn’t pray for himself to get out alive, it was to get the guys out alive. Poppa always seemed so humble about his service, but when I’ve talked to other Vietnam Veterans they all told me how extremely grateful they were for Huey Pilots, and my one friend of many years that served, told me he said “The Huey Pilots were like Angels that would drop out of the Sky and Pluck you out of the Jungle”. I have always been so proud of my Poppa’s Service!
By the time I came along in “75” Poppa was operating heavy equipment where he operated Scrapers, Drag Lines, Loaders, Dozers, and many other types of equipment. Poppa then got licensed to fly fixed wing aircraft were he then flew spray planes and other small aircraft. We even got to grow up on an airport for a while. He then started driving Semis. Me being a little boy growing up in Nebraska, it was so cool to have a Dad that got to fly or operate all the real life sized versions of the toys all young boys play with and dream about.
These are just some of the things Poppa did for a living. He was also a fun Dad! I always remember my brother Lennie and me fixing something or remodeling something with Poppa. Whether it was drowning prairie dogs, or fixing the family car. He taught us the “you can just figure it out mentality”. If you need to build on to your house you just gather up some family and get started. If you need to fix your car, you just get the tools out, and fix it. Our Dad taught us this ability to “just figure it out and do it”.
As everyone that has met my Dad or my sister Nelle, knows that they always enjoyed talking with others. My dad was a person that could talk to anyone, about anything. I always joked that if a cricket hooped in the room Poppa could pull up a stool and have a conversation with it. And, my Uncle George simple put it as “Leonard has always been an Excellent Talker”. This was a gift the Poppa had; this is why so many people are here today. He would reach out and get to know people that other people wouldn’t necessarily get to know and he would get to know their struggles that no one else knew. Many times in my life, Poppa would be able to calm me down and help me through a hard time when nothing else would work.
Growing up with Poppa as a Father was a lot of Fun to say the Least, whether it was telling stories, joking around, or just hanging out together. Looking back, I truly cherish time together with him.
Poppa would always be faithful to call to check in, and spend time together. I enjoyed so much over the years spending time with Poppa, and I feel so Blessed that God gave me him as A Father, A Mentor, A Friend, and A Hero.
I’m sad that Poppa is not here with us today, but when I try to comprehend the Celebration Poppa, Nelle, and many other Family members and Friends are having in Heaven now. I can’t help but smile. I just want to remember Heaven is the goal, and spending more time with Poppa here on earth is not the goal, Heaven Is!
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A candle was lit by Nancy Slostad on September 12, 2017 1:11 PM
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