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Lester Blaine

Published: Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 9:49 a.m. CST

DIXON — Lester J. Blaine, 96, of Dixon died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, Ill.

Born Aug. 2, 1916, in Lee County, the son of Frank and Matilda (Hamann) Blaine, he married Catherine Ryan April 15, 1936, in Maytown. She preceded him in death on March 7, 1982. He then married Nan Klimpke in August 1984. She preceded him in death November 1985.

He was a life-long farmer in Lee County.

He was a member of the Sterling Moose Club, the Lee and Ogle County Farm Bureaus, and AARP.

Surviving are three children, Dianne (Reuben) Pugh of Dixon, David (Judy) Blaine of Dixon and Duane Blaine of Shakopee, Minn.; one daughter-in-law, Diane Blaine of Maytown; seven grandchildren, Cindy (Doug) Lehman, Greg (Traci) Morris, Debbie (Richard) Sinagoga, Mike (Janel) Blaine, Jeremy (Jessica) Blaine, Jamie (Chad) Mammen and Kim (Kevin) Smith; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles (Ann) Blaine of Amboy; and a special friend, Ellie Thompson of Dixon.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Douglas Blaine; two brothers, Clarence and Edwin; one sister, Pearl Piper; one half brother, Lawrence Blaine; and two half sisters, Hazel Blaine and Leah Krieger.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Vincent O. Marrandino, director of pastoral care at KSB Hospital, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Maytown.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Serenity Home and Hospice in Oregon, Ill., or the American Lung Association,

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