Gary Bliss

Gerald “Gary” George Bliss, 82, of Redwood Falls, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home.

 Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Seaforth.  

Gary was born March 1, 1937, to George Gay and Leona Grace (Shaffer) Bliss in Redwood Falls Township, Minnesota.  He was baptized in the Methodist faith.  When Gary was five years old the family moved to a farm site near Seaforth, where he attended school through the eighth-grade.  Growing up on a farm, Gary became a country boy at heart.  His love of horses led him to join the Sundown Riders Saddle Club where he participated in area rodeos earning many ribbons.  On July 6, 1963, Gary George married his best friend and soulmate, Lorna Mary Woelfel, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaforth, where he was confirmed into the Catholic faith.  Gary and Lorna’s journey began on a hay ride with all their friends and their ride would continue with deepest respect, admiration and a love for each other that touched the depths of their hearts.  God blessed their marriage with three children, Todd Gerald, Patrick Michael and Gennifer Gay, and 10 grandchildren, twins Brittany and Brianna Bliss, Dalton Bliss, Sam Anderson, Grace, Emma, Lily Frances, Jozie, Kolten and Kelsey Pingeon.  

Gary was a loving father and papa with a passionate love for his grandchildren.  Gary worked for John Deere in Wabasso and in Redwood Falls after moving there in 1965.  He later owned his own semi and operated it for 18 years.  After that he went to work for Thielen Bus Lines where he drove school bus No. 9 and also the coach buses.  Whenever he took a trip with the coach, he climbed in behind the wheel with great pride.  Gary enjoyed camping, watching westerns, and being around his friends and family.  He was a loving, kind and patient man who greatly valued his faith.  The ride has ended, God needed the best driver in heaven.  

Gary is survived by his wife, Lorna; children, Todd (Lori) of Buffalo, Patrick of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Gennifer “Gigi” Bliss of Springfield; grandchildren, Dalton Bliss, Sam Anderson, Grace, Emma, Lily, Jozie, Kolten, and Kelsey Pingeon; sister, Mary Lou Burtzel of Redwood Falls; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; twin granddaughters, Brittany and Brianna Bliss; silbings, Clinton Bliss, Wilma Mammen, Bud Bliss, Hazel Pratt, Dawn Bliss, Bernice Shemon, and Ervie Bliss; and nephews. Jon Bliss, Frank Pratt, and Duane Bliss. 

Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service — Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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