Gabriel "Gabe" Blaskovich
Lake City—Gabriel “Gabe” Blaskovich passed unexpectedly, but peacefully on his childhood farm Saturday, September 29, 2018. He was 70 years old. A funeral prayer service was held on Friday, October 5th at St. Mary Catholic Church, Lake City.
Gabe was born in Lake City, Iowa to Guy and Eileen Blaskovich on April 2, 1948. He grew up on his family’s farm near Wightman, Iowa, milking cows, working hard and helping his grandmother Bridget Dowling harvest anything and everything the farm had to offer. Farm life inspired in Gabe a lifelong love and devotion to the environment, animals, and nature.
Gabe studied math and computer science at Iowa State University. He enjoyed the fellowship of his brothers at Alumni Hall. After Alumni Hall sponsored a young co-ed named Faith Halverson in the Ms. Legs Contest, Gabe was determined to get to know her better! From that beginning they shared fifty years of all adventures life has to offer.
Gabe and Faith moved to Story City, Iowa after they married in 1973. Their first anniversary trip out west in their VW station wagon inspired a lifetime passion for travel. Gabe worked at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada, Iowa. Gabe loved the challenges of the developing computer world and the wonderful friends he made, but the farm was calling him home. Gabe and Faith packed up their modest household and beloved baby Natalia and headed home to rural Lohrville. Farm life was tough, but the fluctuating market prices, unpredictable weather, machinery breakdowns, and long hours challenged Gabe to be the best farmer he could be. His farming decisions centered around ethical land management. He loved his friends and looked for opportunities to support and mentor young farmers in his community. His service on the Iowa Environmental Council reflected his devotion to protect the environment. Gabe deeply loved his parents, Guy and Eileen and Bendix and Margaret, and returned the support and generosity they all showed him.
Anyone who met Gabe quickly learned he enjoyed good conversation and had a curious mind. Gabe’s passions included history, politics, travel, trains, gardening, woodworking, wine making, antiques, playing cards and most of all, family. He never lacked a project to work on, the biggest of which was the new home he built. Above all, his pride and joy were his granddaughters, Sadie and Frankie. His family will miss so much of what Gabe brought to life, especially his expert “guidance” making the annual potica during the holidays, his 4:00 A.M. ringing of sleigh bells on Christmas morning, playing pinochle on Amtrack trips, debates and conversations over any and all topics, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, and most of all his strength and unwavering love.
We invite you to celebrate the memory of Gabe when you lift your morning cup of coffee or a nightly glass of wine.
Gabriel is survived by his wife Faith, their daughter Talia and son-in-law Bob Richter, their two daughters Sadie and Frankie, and his brother David (Lin). He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Eileen. Gabe leaves a wonderful community of friends and family.
Gifts in Gabe’s honor can be directed to the Calhoun County Historical Society’s Museum Renovation Project or the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.