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James E. Blaser, 78, of Rockford, was called home to glory Thursday, August 2, 2018. Born on February 10, 1940, in Rockford, the son of John and Wilda (Snively) Blaser. Graduate of West High School, Class of 1958. James was a United States Air Force veteran. He married Joanne M. Johnson on June 6, 1960 in Victorville, CA. Jim worked for UPS before retiring in 1990. Faithfully attended Redeemer Lutheran Church. Also a member of Good Guys Car Group and Ostomy Association. Jim enjoyed frequent visits to the Fireside Dinner Theater with his wife. He also enjoyed fishing, model airplanes, and supporting his grandchildren's activities. Jim was a very talented mechanic and a jack of all trades and could fix just about anything. He was especially proud of his 1958 Ford Fairlane which he restored from pieces. Jim and Joanne enjoyed taking it to many cruise nights, especially Coop's in Belvidere.
Survived by his wife, Joanne; son, Dennis (Sylvia) Blaser of Caledonia; daughter, Deborah (Jeff) Denny of Machesney Park; grandchildren, Jonathan Blaser, Jeremiah (Esther) Blaser, Jeremy Denny, Zac Denny, and Amber Denny; great-granddaughter, Miley Denny; and numerous other relatives. Predeceased by his stillborn daughter; parents; sister, Sally Modglin; In-laws, Roland & Ingrid Johnson; and nephew, Chad MacCallum.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Redeemer Lutheran Church, 827 16th St, Rockford, with Reverend Steven Woita officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave, Rockford and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday prior to the service in the church. Any of his cruise night friends who would like to drive their cars are welcome; parking is in the back and side of the church. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MDA, 550 E. Boughton Rd #230, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, Parkinson's Research Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232, or Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Condolences & Shared Memories (11)

  1. Lynne Nelson

    My thoughts and prayers, Joanne.

  2. Bob Peters

    So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I worked with Jim for 10 years at UPS in Freeport he was always good with come backs many I will never forget. What a great guy. Those of us still left mention him often and it always brings us a smile.

  3. Maggie Beard

    I am praying for you may God bless you.i am so sorry.

  4. Jeanette Van Genderen

    Joanne, My heart goes out to you during this tough time. I remember being in CBS together like it was yesterday, talking about your wrestling grandson and your support of MDA. I'll be praying for your family.

  5. Dyvone Freburg

    Wishing you and your lovely family sympathy and God's peace.


    Joanne, I'm so sorry you have lost your life partner. I will be praying for you as you transition to a different life. Love and Prayers, Linda Johnson (Helen Dennis' sister)

  7. Liz Boyer

    Joanne, I send you many, many HUGS and prayers. Our Lord had other plans for the good men he took on Thursday....and while we struggle with the loss and tears, He rejoices because they are with Him, whole, healthy and happy. With heartfelt sympathies and love to you.

  8. Lynn Rodé

    So very sad for your loss, Joanne. Wishing you and your family many wonderful memories lasting lifetimes. With love, Lynn

  9. Jodi Beach & Jim McDowell

    Joanne, we are so very sad for your loss. Praying for strength and comfort during this difficult time. Love you! Jodi & Jim

  10. Kathy Langan

    May the Lord fill you with his comfort and his peace in this difficult time.

  11. Cecilia Carter

    Sorry for your lose, may your memories lead you to comfort. Life on Earth is only a port to Heaven

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