Jack E. Bless


Jack E. Bless, 75, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Ventura, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the V.A. Hospital, Oklahoma City.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday June 8, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, with Rev. Dennis Ganz officiating.  Family suggests memorials to Jack E. Bless memorial fund.

Jack was born June 8, 1937 in Mason City, the son of Arthur and Evelyn (Slagle) Bless.  He graduated from Ventura High School, Ventura, in 1955.  Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany.

Jack married Virginia “Ginni” Cash on Dec. 27, 1959 at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, Clear Lake.  He worked as a computer programmer in Cedar Rapids and North Iowa. In 1995 they moved to Oklahoma City.

Jack was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bow hunting and wood carving.

He is survived by his wife, Ginni Bless, Oklahoma City; two children, David (Kiyon) Bless, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michaela “Miki” (Dr. Richard) Backes, Saux Rapids, Minn.; three grandchildren, Brianna Backes, Elly Backes and Emmi Backes; brothers-in-law, Mike (Nancy) Cash, Ventura, and Walter Cash, Clear Lake; and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian, in 1983; and his brother, Art Bless.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements. 

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