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Karl Heinz Blass

November 23, 1931 - January 13, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date January 17, 2023

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Karl Heinz Blass, 91, of Lima passed away peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2023 in the presence of family members at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

Karl was born on November 23, 1931 in Dayton, Ohio, the eldest son of the late Adolf and Freida (Schmidt) Blass.

Karl is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Blass, his three children: Michael Alan (Phyllis) Blass, Deborah Kay (Steven) Cook, and Stephen Mark Blass, five grandchildren: Matthew J. Cook, Jessica M (Adam) Belisle, Mark B. Blass, Sarah C. (Kyle) Schmelzer, and Ryan M. Blass; two step-grandchildren: Shannon (Nathan) Hull and Katie (Hans) Strayer; eight great-grandchildren: Madison Cook, Aubrey Cook, Collin Schmelzer, Gatlin Belisle, Mason Schmelzer, Hazel Belisle, Maddox Schmelzer, and Jagger Schmelzer; two step-great grandchildren: Caroline C Strayer and Abigail C Strayer; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Barbara Blass of Crofton, Maryland.

In addition to his parents, Karl was preceded in death by his brother, Robert, and sister-in-law, Barbara.

Karl was a man of faith who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and shared that faith with anyone willing to listen. He rarely met a stranger and truly had a loving heart for his fellow man. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1949 and served in Korea during the Korean Conflict in 1951. Upon returning to the states and being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1953 he enrolled in college at Ohio Northern University, where he met his future bride, Carol.

In 1957, Karl and Carol were married and moved to Lima after Karl was hired as a schoolteacher in the Lima City School system. He taught History, English, and Civics until his retirement in 1985. In the 1970s, Karl, along with a few fellow schoolteachers, was selected to develop a drug education curriculum for the State of Ohio. After retiring from teaching, Karl stayed active in a variety of ways; at various times he was a house painter, a church custodian, and a substitute teacher. His volunteer activities included membership in Lima’s Kiwanis Club, Gideons International, Gideon Prison Ministries, Lima Beane Chorus, and the Leaning Towers Gospel quartet.

Karl was an active member of High Street United Methodist Church until its closing and merger with Westside United Methodist Church where he assisted with the after-school tutoring program. At various times during his adult life his activities in the church included youth counselor, Boy Scout leader, choir member, various committee assignments, Sunday school teacher, and worship assistant. In 2011, Karl and Carol were awarded the “Joined Hearts in Giving” award from Governor and First Lady John Kasich, and the Ohio Department of Aging.

In his younger years, Karl enjoyed camping with his family and with his church family, playing church softball, and travelling. In recent years he more fully developed his interest in artistic painting. He loved to sing and was devoted to studying the Bible every day. He had strong political opinions and was a full- throated, true-blue patriot and proud American. Karl was a dedicated Cincinnati Reds fan from childhood. He was also an avid fan of Ohio State Buckeyes Football and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Services will be held at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, 1170 Shawnee Road at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Visitation will be from 11AM until time of services.

Following the services at the funeral home, military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 1275 and active-duty members of the US Marine Corp.

A private family service to inter the cremains will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westside United Methodist Church or Gideons International.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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