Gregory D. Blasberg, 61, of Tripoli, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 17, 2018, at his home in Tripoli.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating. Inurnment will follow at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Tripoli. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made in his name to Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, or Wapsi Sportsman’s Club.
Gregory Dean, son of Erwin and Loraine (Biermann) Blasberg was born November 6, 1956, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. He was baptized December 4, 1956, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli, and confirmed March 22, 1970, at St. John Lutheran Church-Buck Creek, rural Sumner. Gregory received his early education in the Tripoli Schools and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1974. On February 21, 1976, he was united in marriage with Randi Hoerman at First United Church of Christ Pleasant Valley, rural Clarksville. To this union four daughters and one son was born, Amy, Brooke, Christel, Dustin, and Erin. The couple would later divorce. In his early years, Gregory worked on the family farm and would later work at Wonder Bread for almost thirty years, and worked at Omega Cabinets in Waterloo prior to retiring in 2013. He was a long time member of Grace Lutheran Church, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Wapsi Sportsman’s Club, and enjoyed volunteering at the V.F.W. Gregory enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing, or trips to his cabin at Harpers Ferry.
Gregory is survived by his four daughters, Amy (Michael) McDaniel of Fairbank, Brooke (Aaron) Berg of Tripoli, Christel (Travis) Pratt of New Hampton, and Erin Blasberg of Conrad; fifteen grandchildren, Madison McDaniel, Madisyn Blasberg, Jacob McDaniel, Brinley McDaniel, Isabelle Berg, Camden Morobe, Chloe Berg, Javier Berg, Joseph Miller, Kobe Pratt, Spencer Pratt, Lilly Pratt, Jayda Pratt, Mackenzie Bierman, and Tiberius Carter; one brother, Allen (Dixie) Blasberg of Tripoli; one sister, Cheryl (James) Willson of Shell Rock; and many extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Dustin Erwin Blasberg in 1984.