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1942 Kathleen 2024

Kathleen A. Blair

February 27, 1942 — January 14, 2024



Kathleen A. Blair

Ocheyedan, Iowa

            Services for Kathleen A. Blair, age 81, of Ocheyedan, Iowa who passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon with Rev. Richard Milbrandt ~ officiating.

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            Burial will be held at a later date.

            There will be no visitation.







February 27, 1942

Morris, Minnesota



January 14, 2024

Sheldon, Iowa



11:00 A.M. Friday, January 19, 2024

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa

Rev. Richard Milbrandt ~ Officiating



“The Old Rugged Cross”

“Amazing Grace”

“How Great Thou Art”



At a later date


After today’s service, relatives and friends are invited to join the family at the Sheldon Pizza Ranch.


Arrangements are under the care of the 

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.


     Kathleen Ann Blairthe daughter of Lawrence and Dorothy (Rowles) Kleespie was born on February 27, 1942, in Morris, Minnesota.  After graduation she attended a technical school.  She was united in marriage to Larry Blair on February 16, 1963, in Morris, Minnesota.  After their marriage the couple moved to Spokane, Washington where Kathy worked for the Washington Air National Guard as a computer manager for 39 years, retiring in 2005.  Larry and Kathy remained in Spokane until moving to Ocheyedan in 2022.  Kathy passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2024, reaching the age of 81 years, 10 months, and 17 days.

     Kathy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ocheyedan.

     Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Larry Blair of Ocheyedan; siblings, Larry Kleespie of Morris, Minnesota, Karen Goldenstein of West St. Paul, Minnesota, Marilyn Peterson of Wabasha, Minnesota, Doris Staples of Flagstaff, Arizona, Susan Long of Wilson Creek, Oregon, Mary Alice Matzke of Eyota, Minnesota, Jim Kleespie of Alexandria, Minnesota, Bruce Kleespie of Madison, Wisconsin, Bob Kleespie of Lady Lake, Florida, and Bill Kleespie of Tucson, Arizona; also other relatives and friends.

     Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Dorothy and siblings, Marjorie Larsen, JoAnn Neitzel, LaVonne Syverson and Richard Kleespie.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Friday, January 19, 2024

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue, Sheldon, IA 51201


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