Blaser, Wayne Wallace (14 Dec 1942 – 3 Sep 2021)
After a courageous battle with cancer, Wayne Blaser passed away Friday, September 3rd. He was surrounded by family and friends and comfortably left this life for his next journey. His wit, generosity, and guidance will be missed tremendously. Wayne came to Midland in 1965 to begin work at Dow Chemical, almost immediately after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. He spent his entire career at Dow, starting as an analytical chemist before retiring in 1995 after managing instrument development. He was awarded several patents for his innovations and in 1979 he received the Vern Stenger award for his contributions as a chemist.
In 1966, he married the former Margaret Anne Hugan and has remained in almost constant matrimonial bliss since then, even after raising two wonderful children together. Upon retirement, he devoted much of his time to various hobbies and interests, enjoying the learning and skill acquisition process. Post-retirement and being the only one to dictate how his time was spent, he never did anything that was not fun. His interests knew no bounds, from wildflower cultivation to classic car restoration to welding dissimilar metals; he was always looking for enjoyable activities that challenged his mind. He frequently combed through obituaries of small town newspapers, searching for unique euphemisms for death. One of his all-time favorites was “she dropped her body and went to Jesus”.
Wayne was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He operated the PA system when it was still a reel-to-reel audio recording. His children remember those Sundays fondly because after the tapes were delivered to WMPX, a stop at either Bailey or Dawn Donuts on the way home was mandatory. His involvement in the church led him to begin volunteering with Midland Area Homes. Wayne donated untold hours to Midland Area Homes, now known as Home To Stay. He was a long time Board member and advocate, especially during Saturday mornings picking up gently used furniture throughout Midland County. His hobbies and interests always took a back seat to his grandchildren. No activity request was ever turned down. From going to the park, playing catch, teaching them how to fish, or outings to the shooting range, Grandpa was always willing to spend time with his grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by Margaret, his loving wife of 55 years, children Kevin (Krista) Blaser of Midland, Denise (Jamee) Lewis of Grand Rapids, grandchildren Nolan Kane, Maxwell Gohsman, and Sean Blaser. He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Mayme Blaser, brother Donald, and sister Dawn Verstoppen. He will be fondly remembered and forever missed. Thank you for touching our lives during your time on this earth and we are happy your pain has ended after you dropped your body and went to Jesus.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Sunday, September 12th at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home located at 2700 W. Wackerly St. in Midland. The funeral will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church at 315 W. Larkin St. in Midland at 11 AM following a viewing in the chapel beginning at 10 AM. The family invites you to attend a luncheon celebrating Wayne’s life following the funeral. The luncheon will begin at 1230 at the Midland Country Club, 1120 W. St. Andrews in Midland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Wayne’s name to support the Home To Stay (http://www.myhometostay.org/show-support.html) organization or the First United Methodist Church.