May 17, 1921 – Nov. 15, 2019
Irvin Joseph Blessinger, 98 years of age, died peacefully at Bee Hive Homes Friday night, November 15, 2019.
Irv was born in Jens, Montana, on May 17, 1921, to Helen & Joseph Blessinger. He attended school in Drummond and, later, moved to Helena with his siblings Dreata (Chevallier), Phil, Lorraine (Webster), & George. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps & served as a waist gunner on a B-24 bomber in New Guinea and northern Australia & was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievements while participating in aerial flights in the southwest Pacific. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Helena Church.
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Following the war, Irv worked, as a painter for McKelvey Paint & the Helena School District from 1946 until 1983, when he retired. On November 8, 1950, he married Lois Huth, from Townsend, MT. They had three children: Nancy (Dave) Kraft, Mark (Paula), & Mike. During his retirement years, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, taking care of his yard, & watching sports games on two different television sets in his living room at the same time.
Irv was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings & his wife, Lois, and is survived by his children, grandchildren Jaime (Jeff) Kicklighter, Brad (Meagan) Kraft, Shawn Blessinger, & Kyle Blessinger and one great grandchild, Noah Kraft, as well as many nieces & nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Irv’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow the reception at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcome to Hospice of St Peters, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601, Pad for Paws, PO Box 287, Helena, MT 59624, or the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, PO Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Irv.