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     Dean Blaser, age 89, of Lamar, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 1, 2016, surrounded by his family at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

     Dean was born April 29, 1927, in Garber, Oklahoma, first of the three children of Werner and Alma (Hauser) Blaser. At age 14, he moved with his family to Barton County, graduating with the class of 1945 in Lamar.  Eager to serve his country, Dean enlisted in the U.S. Army, learning and utilizing cryptology skills during World War II.  His first job after returning home took him to Colorado to work as a lineman for J.R. Foree, where he met the love of his life, Dolores Turvey.  They were married April 10, 1949 at Julesburg, Colorado and made their home and farmed near Lamar for the next nine years.  Dean then became an agent for Farmers Mutual, now known as American Family Insurance and established Blaser Insurance Company in 1959.  Maintaining an interest in farming, he continued to raise cattle, dabbled in ostrich production, and had horses for his kids to enjoy after moving into town.  Because Dean was a genuine “people person” the job he found most satisfying was the 40-year span of clerking for Davis & Frieden Auctioneers.

     Always interested and involved in his community, Dean was the charter president of Lamar Lions Club; 50-year member of Lamar Masonic Lodge; past-master and Rajah of the Stockton Shrine Club; and charter member of Lamar Shrine Club.  His greatest joy came from spending time with family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.  He was an active member and former deacon of First Christian Church.

     Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dolores, of the home; children, Candy (Dan) Fields, Murfreesboro, Arkansas, Roger (Ann) Blaser, Lamar, Rita (Bruce) Wolf, Liberal, Missouri, and Sheila (Rick) Temple, Springfield, Missouri; a brother, Larry Blaser, Lamar; a sister, Carole (Kenneth) Powell, Denton, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

     Dean was preceded in death by his parents; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy “Brillo” and Becky Blaser; and a granddaughter, Rachel Blaser.

     Masonic Rites will be conducted at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, November 3rd, at Daniel Funeral Home, followed by visitation until 2:00 p.m. when the funeral service will begin.  Burial with military honors will be in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rachel Blaser Scholarship Fund or A.O.K. (About Our Kids) in care of the funeral home.


#10 Lamar MoDavid Turner 2016-11-04 07:20
Our sympathies to Dean's family. He always had a smile and never met a stranger. Our community has lost a fine man.
#9 Harwood, MOJames and Candi Chadd 2016-11-03 13:11
When we lived in Lamar for a few years, we lived next to Dean and Delores. A person couldn't ask for better neighbors. It was always such a pleasure to get to visit with them. I know that Dean was a true friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to Delores and the entire family!
#8 Lamar, MOSkip and Tina Felkner 2016-11-03 07:07
Very sorry to hear about Dean passing. He has been a wonderful friend to our family for many years. He, Randy and Roger are the epitome of what a good friend and neighbor should be. May God keep you all in his loving arms through your sorrow.
#7 Springfield, MoPhyl Rohlfing 2016-11-03 04:39
Delores so sorry to read about Dean this morning. Don and I so enjoyed your friendship over the years we lived in Lamar. Phyl Rohlfing
#6 Lamar,Mo.Richard Ryan 2016-11-02 12:46
Sorry to hear of Dean`s passing. He was a long-time friend.
#5 Nevada, MOJohn & Linda McGinnis 2016-11-02 05:17
I first met Dean in 1983 when we started working for American Family. I quickly learned that Dean was not only an expert in the business, but he had an unwavering moral compass. He was always kind and helpful to the new agents. We will miss Dean. He was a first class gentleman.
John & Linda
#4 LamarKent & Debbie Harris 2016-11-01 21:01
To my knowledge, Dean never knew a stranger and certainly all the times Debbie and I got to visit with him, we always found him to be in great spirits and friendly to us, even asking about our family, when he had such a large one himself.
No one could keep track of the Accounting at Farm Sales like Dean could, and I was witness to that several times. I know my Dad always marveled at his ability and told me likely he was not off a penny. My mom said Dean wanted to keep having their High School reunions and made a point to be at as many as possible. He knew family and friends and staying connected were important.
Our Lamar Community will miss him as well as his family but we know he is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who he accepted years ago.
Our prayers are with Delores and the entire family.
Kent & Debbie
#3 Barbara and Jim McDaniel 2016-11-01 15:54
So sorry for your loss. Dean was such a wonderful and accomplished man. He will be missed.
#2 Lamar, Mo.Theresa Seay & Wayne Percy 2016-11-01 15:14
Our deepest sympathy on your lose. we have several fond memories of Dean.
Theresa & Wayne Percy
#1 LAMARMARGARET MARTI 2016-11-01 13:13

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