In memory of

Douglas "Doug" Blass

December 30, 1949 - November 21, 2022
From: Sac City, IA
Douglas "Doug" Blass

Douglas "Doug" Blass

Born: December 30, 1949
Died: November 21, 2022
Age: 72
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   Doug Blass, age 72 of Sac City, IA, passed away at home on Monday, November 21, 2022, surrounded by his family. Douglas Duane Blass was born on December 30, 1949, to parents Delmar and Jacqueline (Luft) Blass in Sac City. He grew up on a farm south of Early, IA, with his two sisters, Linda and Barb. He attended Crestland Schools and graduated from Crestland High School with the Class of 1968. Doug then attended Mankato State College in Mankato, MN, as well as Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA. Doug worked for Cecil Boeckman at Early Welding, where he learned the welding trade. Doug would later use those skills to start a business called Corn Belt Manufacturing, that he owned and operated with his brother-in-law, Pat Dahm for over 30 years.    
   On November 29, 1974, Doug married Karen Ann Boeckman at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA. They were blessed with two daughters, Cari and Andrea. They lived on a farm south of Early near where Doug grew up. He farmed and raised Charolais cattle over the years. Doug loved life, the people in it, and nothing was more important to him than his family.
   Doug loved to fish, especially ice fishing, and took many fishing trips to South Dakota. He also liked to camp and go horseback riding. Doug, along with his family, enjoyed several ski trips together. He bowled in men’s league and also golfed in league with his long-time partner Gary Renze. He was a die-hard euchre player, playing many hands at the Legion in Early. He was a great cook, was excellent on the grill – especially steaks – and would never pass up a cold beer. Doug was a member of the Early Summer Rec Board as well as a Sac County Cattleman’s Association Board member.
   While Doug may have earned the nickname Growley at work, his most cherished one was Papa. The day that he became a grandpa was one of the proudest of his life. He truly did have a big heart, everything Doug did, he did for his family. He wanted his girls to have a great life and he worked extra hard to make that happen. The two of them will tell you he taught them those same values, including to work hard and to know how to be independent.  He will be so very missed by his family and by all those who knew and loved him.
   Survivors include his wife, Karen Blass of Sac City, IA; daughters Cari (Justin) Wieck of Sac City, IA, and Andrea Iby (Andrei Kallaur) of Brooklyn, NY; grandchildren Ella and Cecil Wieck; sister Barb Dahm of Early, IA; brother-in-law Dave Blaha of Boone, IA; several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Delmar and Jacqueline Blass; sister Linda (Dennis) Baumeier; parents-in-law Cecil and Louise Boeckman; sister-in-law Kris Boeckman; and brother-in-law Pat Dahm.
Tribute Video
Memorial Service
11:00 a.m., Saturday
November 26, 2022
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa
Celebration of Life Gathering immediately after at the Sac Community Rec Center gym in Sac City.
Deacon Butch Stone
At A Later Date
Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 4:59 PM
“I graduated with Doug. He was part of the small group we called "the brothers." I have fond memories of Doug and without doubt he will be missed. You have my condolences and my prayers that the Lord will comfort us all. ”
- Loren Carlson
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 10:42 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to you and your family'''”
- margaret schramm
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 10:15 AM
“RIP Doug you will be missed ”
- Gary Kubik
Monday, November 28, 2022 at 10:15 AM
“Our sympathies to Doug's family- we are sorry for your loss.”
- Bob and Merilee Dick
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 9:42 AM
“Cub, and family Deepest Sympathy in the loss of Doug . My thoughts and prayers are with you 💕”
- Sharan Lee Williams
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“My condolences to Doug's family. He was a fun classmate and teammate. ”
- Steve Wedeking
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“Cub, I'm do sorry to hear of Doug's passing. Sending my love your way. May Jesus comfort you. ”
- Sandy Stubenrauch
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“So sorry for your loss.”
- Christina W Frank
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“Sorry to hear about Doug's passing. Remember having a few good times together. Will be missed”
- Doug Remington
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers sent to your whole family from Jim and I.”
- Bonnee Coon
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:37 PM
“Gracious! I'm so sorry for the loss of Doug. So many names from my past are still connected tightly woven together. My heart goes out to you all!”
- Sadie Shirlee Wadsley Hawkins
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:14 PM
“Cub and family, my heart is breaking with the news of Doug. I am so very sorry and I am sending hugs from Colorado. Please know I'll be praying for and thinking of you all. I love you, Cub! ”
- Bonnie Wehde Saenz
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:14 PM
“Sorry to hear of Growley's passing. Have great memories of throwing up into the barn and then drinking a few. ”
- Kurt & Amy Pautsch
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:14 PM
“So sorry to hear about Doug. Great guy with a great family. Our prayers are with you. ”
- Megan Jennett Prince
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 4:45 PM
“Our sympathy & prayers for Karen & your family. May your precious memories help ease your pain at this difficult time.”
- Jan & Bill Engler
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 2:04 PM
“Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our sympathies to the Blass Family.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 3:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss. Your in my prayers. ”
- Melissa Langbein
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