Oct. 5, 1947-Sept. 29, 2010
Joseph J. Blegen, 62, Garrison, formerly of Plaza, passed away Sept. 29, 2010, at his home in Garrison. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Garrison. A rosary will be said today, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Garrison. Burial will held at the St. Nicholas Cemetery in Garrison.
There will be no viewing, but family and friends may sign a register today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
Joe was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Minot, N.D., to Joseph and Lillian (Finke) Blegen, of Plaza. He grew up in Plaza and graduated from Plaza High School.
He went into the Army in 1968 and was stationed at Kingston, Wash., Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Benning, Ga. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was discharged in 1970.
He then attended Devry Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. Upon graduation he moved to Sunnyvale, Calif., to work in the computer industry.
He was united in marriage to Cindy Evans in Reno, Nev., in 1973. They continued to live in California until they returned home to North Dakota to help his mother run the "Big Store" in Plaza.
While living in Plaza he was a member of the Bangen-Moen American Legion Post #119 holding a variety of positions including post commander. He was a member of the fire department and ambulance squad. He also served on the city council and filled in as mayor for a short time.
After the closing of the store he worked at Jack's Bar in Parshall, LD Construction and Hogenson Construction. In 1999 he started at EconoStop in Minot and worked there until health problems forced him to retire.
His hobbies included reading, hunting and gunsmithing.
He is survived by: his wife of 36 years; his daughter, Belinda "BJ" (James) Behles, adopted daughter, Amanda (Chad) Kastner; grandchildren, Jordain Behles, Carson, Julian and Carleigh Anderson, all of Garrison; several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James, and grandparents.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)