Donald Wayne Blecha, 91, Apache Junction, AZ died in hospice care on September 4, 2013. He was born September 22, 1921, to Albert and Maggie Blecha. He was the third of 5 children. Donald was raised on a small farm near Merricourt, ND, where he attended school until the 8th grade. His early life found him working and helping his father on their farm, riding the rails to find work on other farms in the Midwest during the depression, and joining the CCC’s where he learned the Mechanics trade. On August 10, 1942 Donald married Dorothea Grewatz in Edgeley, ND. For the next 4 years they lived on his father’s farm and helped farm the land. During the winter months Donald would work in Edgeley as a mechanic. In the fall of 1946 Donald moved his family to Edmore, ND where he lived and worked as a mechanic for the Case and Chevrolet dealership and in his own business D&G Auto Service for 23 years. While in Edmore, Donald was active in the Edmore Rural Fire Department, Edmore Ambulance Service, the Edmore Curling Club, and other civic and fraternal organizations. In 1969 he sold his business in Edmore and moved to Grand Forks, ND where he worked for the city of Grand Forks as a mechanic at their airport. After retirement, Donald and his wife Dorothea spent their winters in Apache Junction, AZ. They moved there full time in 1998. In his retirement, Donald spent many hours restoring 1928-31 Model A Fords. He estimated that he had restored about 30 of them. He gave one to each of his five children and sold the rest of them to friends and acquaintances. Donald is survived by his five children, Kirk & Cheryll Blecha of Clatskanie, OR, Crystal Myrvik of Tipton, IA, Brian Blecha of Apache Junction, AZ, Renee and Mike Schwitzer of Granger, TX, and Denise Blecha of New Lebanon, OH, his brother Gayle Blecha of Eugene, OR.; 7 living grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothea, son-in-law Richard Myrvik, grandson Scott Blecha, brother Clarence Blecha, brother Cleo Blecha, sister Mary Blecha, and his parents. At his request, no service will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to any local Hospice. Private interment will be held at Murray Hill Cemetery in Clatskanie, OR.
All site content © 2014 Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery
Advanced Funeral Planning in Mesa | Apache Junction Cremation Services | Arizona Funeral Home | AZ Funeral Homes | AZ Funeral Services | Cemetery in Arizona Provides Ground Burial Services | Cemetery Serving Scottsdale | Chandler Cremation Urns | Cremation Mesa | Cremation Questions | Cremation Urns in Apache Junction | Crematorium Serving Apache Junction | Crematorium Serving Chandler AZ | Crematorium Serving Gilbert AZ | Funeral Home Serving Apache Junction | Funeral Home Serving Chandler Residents | Funeral Home Serving Phoenix AZ | Funeral Questions | Gilbert Funeral Arrangements | Mesa Cemetery | Mesa Cremation Services | Mesa Cremation Urns | Mesa Crematorium | Mesa Funeral Homes | Mesa Mortuary | Phoenix Funeral Service | Phoenix Funeral Service Arrangements | Queen Creek Cremation Services | Queen Creek Cremation Urns