Ed Blazek, 85 of Prescott, IA entered eternal rest Saturday, June 6, 2020 at his home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery Street, Creston, IA. (suggested Social Distancing Guidelines will be followed). Rev. Mary O’Riley and Rev. Jodi Rushing will officiate. Masonic Rites by Circle Lodge #555 of Prescott, IA will be led by Larry Riley and Jack Brown. Visitation hours are Friday, June 12, 2020 from 3:30 – 7:30 PM at the funeral home, with the family receiving friends from 5:30-7:30 PM. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Prescott, IA. Military Honors by the Williamson American Legion Post. Memorial contributions may be directed to: Prescott Volunteer Fire Department &/or the Williamson American Legion Post. The funeral service will be available online via Live Stream by clicking the “WATCH” button at: https://www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com/obituary/ed-blazek/.
Edward B. Blazek was born at home, in rural Prescott, IA on June 16, 1934, the 6th of 7 children born to Charles James and Naomi Mary (Fisher) Blazek. Ed has lived in the same house he grew up in for the last 30 years. He attended Country School in Adams County thru the 8th grade. He graduated from Prescott High School with the Class of 1952. Ed met Marilyn Wager in Creston, IA at the Roller Skating Rink and helped on the family farm until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1954. While serving his country, Ed and his cousin, Louie Blazek were both stationed in Germany together. Ed was Honorably discharged on October 11, 1956 and returned to the farm in Prescott. Ed and Marilyn were united in marriage on December 9, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Creston. The couple were blessed with 3 children: Cindy, Scott and Steve.
Ed farmed his entire life, alongside his wife and children. Ed loved tending to his cows, his vegetable and flower gardens and was meticulous in keeping his large yard mowed and landscaped. He had a fondness for his cows and raised both Hereford and Black Angus cattle. He also raised hogs and grew various crops, including corn, soybeans and hay. When able to take a break from farming, Ed and Marilyn enjoyed spending time and traveling with life-long friends. They loved spending time with family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ed was a devoted husband to Marilyn and the couple celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Ed was a member of the United Methodist Church and a 50+ year member of the Masons. He held many offices, including serving as Master of Circle Lodge #555. Ed enjoyed fishing in the family ponds and yearly trips to Canada for 40 years, his last trip was in 2012. He liked putting puzzles together and hand-made wooden frames to display the puzzles in his garage. He also spent his free time refinishing furniture and completing puzzle books.
Preceding Ed in death was his wife, Marilyn in January 2019. Ed was also preceded in death by a son, Steve Blazek; his parents; 2 brothers: Leroy Blazek and Charles Blazek, Jr.; 4 sisters: Clarine Fleming, Betty Maeder, Barbara Maeder and Colleen Banks.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Cindy Shelley of Creston; his son, Scott Blazek of Prescott; his daughter-in-law, Tresa Blazek of Prescott; 3 grandchildren: Cara (George) Duncan of Ankeny, IA, Chase (Macie) Blazek of Creston and Dean Blazek of Prescott; 2 great-grandchildren: Edward Truitt and Camie Blazek. He is also survived by 3 step grandchildren: Stacy Danielson, Shelby (Philip) Priest and Shannon Andreasen; by a sister-in-law, Wanda (Wayne) Victor of Prescott; brother-in-law, Les Fleming of Ankeny, IA; 2 cousins: John Blazek and Daisy Brown; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn.