Obituary for Gary Lynn Blaise – Democrat from Memphis

Gary Lynn Blaise, 70, of Keosauqua, IA, died Monday, June 13, 2022 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The funeral service with military honors will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua, IA, conducted by Pastor Danny Cary. The burial will take place immediately afterwards at Mt. Moriah Cemetery near Douds. The visit begins Friday 17 June 2022 at 2pm at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua with family present to greet friends from 5pm to 7pm

Memorial donations in Gary’s honor can be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Association.

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Gary Lynn Blaise was born on August 24, 1951 in Hannibal, MO to Dwight and Faye Sutton Blaise. Gary graduated from the Mephis, MO high school class in 1969 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Navy. During his 20-year career in the Navy, he held many different roles that allowed him to transition from black shoe to brown shoe and career advisor. On his first break home from his tour, he met the love of his life, Connie Gonterman. The two were married on January 13, 1977 and were together for over 47 years.

Gary remained employed after retiring from the service, including helping out with the administration of the Vet’s Club at Keosauqua. Gary had three very important things in his life, his country, his family and his friends.

He cherished any time he spent with Connie and his family and loved holding his new great-granddaughter. He knew no stranger and everyone he met became a new friend. Gary will be missed by his family and many friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold Blaise, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Betty Gonterman.

In his honor remains his loving wife Connie Blaise of Keosauqua, IA; three children, Dennis (Vanessa) Barber Jr. of Birmingham, IA, Derek Blaise of Cherokee, IA, and Damian Blaise of Newton, IA; seven grandchildren, Jocelyn, Colt, Kolbi, Callie, Trinity, Damian Jr. and Darrell; a great-granddaughter, Paisley; three brothers, Gerald, Sonny and David Blaise; two sisters, Marcella Girardin and Laveta Comstock, and many other relatives and friends.

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